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Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:51:13 AM »
Well, time to start the threads.  I drew 1 of 110 available EF Peaches tags.  Post here if you want to share information or join in on the fun.  I intend to hit this one hard starting today.

I'm also planning on loading up on shrimp, crab and salmon to give away to some friendly and knowledgeable people.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 10:10:41 PM by Stein »

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 08:46:09 AM »
Wow, congrats on a great tag Stein!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 08:48:47 AM »
congrats and good luck  :tup:
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 09:00:36 AM »
Congrats.  Wish I could help, but I know little about Peaches.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 09:02:23 AM »
Stein.  Pm me, I may know of a place.  Ha ha
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 09:21:18 AM »
I'm drew that one, too. Gonna have to burn some shoe leather this summer sicne I haven't been back into that area in years - been hunting the Blues. Looking forward to getting back there, it's some beautiful country. If anyone is willing to share a little wisdom it would certainly be appreciated, though!  ;)

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 09:32:21 AM »
CONGRATS !!! PM me info is FREE !!!
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 10:07:01 AM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 10:15:46 AM »
Thanks everyone, I honestly though I had zero chance, so I'm behind the curve.  I'll be doing the normal shuffle:

1.  Buy maps - I know next to nothing about the area but am decent at desktop scouting to at least get it narrowed down to a few focus areas.
2.  Get in shape - off to good start, just walked a 30 mile fundraiser with 50#, need to add hills, but it won't be an issue
3.  Scouting - I don't know how many trips I can pull, but will be shooting for weekends
4.  Talk to other people, compare notes and take advantage of the great community here 

Fortunately, I'm set with gear, so all my energy and money will go into scouting trips  I might need to pick up a spotting scope, but we'll see if that is a need or a want after I get eyes on the ground.

I am also fortunate in the vacation department, so I can have 2-3 days pre opener and the entire season if necessary.

I'm super jacked, I never thought I would have a chance like this with only 7 points.  My biggest bull was a large 4x4 (should have been a 5x5 but he never grew the second points), so knowing what is at least possible has me pumped up.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 01:30:09 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.

336 looks mostly private and checkerboard (maybe, my other map shows a bunch of public?), so that will be easier to get a couple of scouting spots lined up.  346 looks almost endless, I'll have to put some time into that one.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 07:09:20 PM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!




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Re: Peaches
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 07:16:04 PM »
I just puked a little bit in my mouth with the 7 point thing but congrats and kill a monster!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 07:41:21 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 08:02:24 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck

Scroll down to the 5th post and you'll find the file.  Totally easy.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=202757.0

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2017, 08:04:21 PM »
I just puked a little bit in my mouth with the 7 point thing but congrats and kill a monster!
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Yeah, I had such high hopes I didn't even remember what unit I put in for and had to go look it up.  I figured I would start paying attention when I got to double digit points.

This is only the second tag I have drawn, ever.  First was a completely lame cow hunt and now this.  My daughter is usually the lucky one, but I certainly had the lucky hand this year.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2017, 09:13:15 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck

Scroll down to the 5th post and you'll find the file.  Totally easy.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=202757.0
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2017, 07:30:50 AM »
PM me I can send you in the right direction !
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2017, 06:24:52 PM »
Congrats! My hunting partners and I also drew Peaches Any Bull, modern firearm. Two seperate parties and we were all drawn! And my cousins drew Goose Prairie. That's 8 Any Bull tags in camp! Could not be more pumped! Now to find where the monsters are hiding!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2017, 08:59:58 PM »
7 points, ha! Congrats on a great tag! It's big country and you have a great chance at finding a monster.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2017, 09:22:27 PM »
I was able to draw the Muzzy tag with 9 points.  Want to do a wilderness hunt.  If anyone had done this hunt, I would love to pick your brain.  Good luck to all, no matter what you drew.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2017, 10:19:24 PM »
Well, more help than I expected, thanks to all who replied.  I will get back to those that offered help, but I need to do some work myself so I at least know what questions to ask.

I'm using onXmaps for desk scouting and it wasn't too bad to slice and dice the two areas.  Man, there are a ton of trails around there and many are high traffic.  That makes things a bit easier even though there are not many truly remote areas.

At this point, I had considered several general logistical plans for the hunt.  It will likely be a solo hunt unless something changes.

1.  Base camp at either a campsite, town or public land in my wall tent with day trips into a scouted area.
2.  Mobile camp in the back of my truck.  This allows big moves mid-hunt easily and is the best way to cover the most area.
3.  Living out of the ruck, leaving the truck at the trailhead or wall tent.

I won't know for sure until I get several scouting trips in, but #3 is clearly in the lead.  My preference is 3, 1 then 2, but conditions will dictate.  I'm looking for an epic hunting experience.

One thing I haven't pondered in my relatively short hunting career is what I will be happy shooting?  In the past, if it was legal I shot it.  I did pass a couple of true dink antelope last year, but they were so small it wasn't much of a decision.  I don't want to get ahead of myself, but right now my thought is a simple mature 6x6 would be awesome. 

I'm equally excited about the camping/backpacking as I really don't get much of an excuse to do either of these with normal family and job responsibilities.  I did a ton of both growing up in Montana, but not so much since.  This gives me the perfect reason to block of 10 + days and really enjoy the experience.

My delusion of not needing gear is getting corrected, I remember that I need a better set of game bags and likely a spotting scope.  Checking ElkNut's site, it looks like I need to save $600 - $1,000 plus a tripod.  That's a big investment that I might not use much in the future, but we'll see how necessary it is during the scouting trips.

The good news is the unit is only a bit over 2 hours from my house, so I should have good opportunities this summer.

Finally, I have a good training plan starting to take shape.  I am into Goruck events and they are about perfect for getting me into hunting shape.  Seattle has a big event in September, a great peaking event that gives me just enough time to recover and then hit it hard.  I have one other event mid-July and then it will be ruck focused training with as many hills as I can come up with.

I'm basically using the David Goggins plan (check him out if you don't know who he is) - "I chose the path of most resistance - talent not required."  I'm not a great elk hunter, but I am willing and able to outwork most and love to learn.  I believe that will be enough to at least make a great experience.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2017, 10:25:40 PM »
Epic = Base camp, and maybe invite a couple huntwa guys for the first couple days too or to scout the two days before the season.     Lotsa guys willing to help to piggyback on your adventure which is a good thing for all. 

I'll be helping buddies in the Goose.  Good Luck !

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2017, 10:31:26 PM »
My buddy drew a couple years ago and the one scouting trip I went on there was minimal use for my spotting scope lots of timber but like I said only went once.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2017, 10:33:49 PM »
I'd be thinking about how you're going to get a bull packed out. Especially if you're going solo. Easy to hike 5-10 miles in by yourself, but if you shoot something how are you going to ge it out?  Just something to keep in mind as you're scouting and hunting. 

I use 200 thread pillow cases from walmart for game bags. They're tough, hold plenty of meat and cost about $12 for 4.

Spotting scope is nice if you really want to inspect the horns but not really necessary for finding elk.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2017, 04:29:18 PM »
@Stein, another idea is to try a tripod for your binos.  taking that movement out of them really reduces (not eliminate) the spotting scope.  Maybe easier on the budget if you have to choose. 
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