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Fires in Eastern Wa
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:21:32 PM »
How have the Jolly Mountain and Norse Peak Fires effected your hunting/scouting?

I can say for me, it has had a negative effect on my mood. Most of my scouting is now in closed off areas or areas that have burned. I'm still excited because I have 4 more weeks until hunting starts but I can say, I'm not excited with how I foresee these fires growing.

I was told by WDFW this morning that they are actively looking at modifying dates for quality hunts and restoration of points will only come if the entire area is closed for the entire season.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 01:54:33 PM »
As fires are appearing and growing, so are the size of effected areas.  Such as uno peak fire.   They expect closures to be in effect until nov 15th.   Yowzhers.

I can't imagine what is to,come from the high hunt. 
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 01:58:42 PM »
Not directly affecting my hunting, but definitely dampening my mood.  I'm in Naches and already tired of sucking smoke.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 02:00:18 PM »
Isn't that the truth. 
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 02:30:37 PM »
Not directly affecting my hunting, but definitely dampening my mood.  I'm in Naches and already tired of sucking smoke.
:yeah:
Out with my daughter deer hunting and really limiting how long we are out. Don't want to expose her lungs to too much of this stuff.

Next week and my colockum bull hunt is going to be brutal if this doesn't clear out.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2017, 02:33:02 PM »
The jolly mountain fire has totally killed my mood. I have the 1 of only 2 tags quality  bull tag sept 25 to 29.  I had high hopes of getting a Big Bull.  But now i just hope they get this fire under control and not take any homes. 
At this point i still am looking at other areas in the unit.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 02:41:41 PM »
I'm still looking at other areas in my unit. The fires are just heavily condensing where the other hunters are going to be. I do appreciate the people who have helped throughout this experience of drawing a quality bull tag. Guess it's time to bear down and hike and hunt harder.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2017, 03:03:59 PM »
I put in for Peaches Muzzy bull as my first choice the Goose Prairie as my second, and drew my second. Right now I feel pretty lucky but feel really bad for the guys with the peaches tags.


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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2017, 03:43:44 PM »
Pretty much has me crossing my fingers tight one doesn't start in 360. This week is going to be brutal for fire conditions. 

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2017, 03:50:17 PM »
Not directly affecting my hunting, but definitely dampening my mood.  I'm in Naches and already tired of sucking smoke.

No joke. This morning from Cowiche/Tieton area I cannot even see Mt. Cleman--not even the ridge-line. Surprisingly, the air isn't so bad right around my place but when I drive into Naches Heights or toward Naches the smoke gets thick quick.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 03:54:22 PM »
Both my deer hunting area and elk area are either on fire or too thick with smoke for me to go.  Plan C might have to be implemented for the deer opener.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2017, 03:55:31 PM »
I feel for my hunting partners with the peaches archery but as of now there is still a lot of good ground if you know the area that I can guide them into but if the fire grows like it looks to do, maybe not.

I really feel for whoever drew the naches goat tag.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2017, 09:12:20 PM »
I went for a hike today to Norse peak, it's amazing seeing the fires that close. I'll try and post two of the videos I took.  Cement basin was really going up, the fire was right up to the ridge at basin lake and to the south it was really going.  The second video shows jolly mountain in the far background I believe.  I could hear the fire, could have sat there all day and watched.  It is affecting our camps hunt this year with our usual camp area closed off and now we have to stay in a pay area.  Jackelope fixed the videos, thanks Josh.
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2017, 09:36:37 PM »
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2017, 09:43:33 PM »
Was the 1900 rd open?  This really throws a stick in the spokes.

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
Was the 1900 rd open?  This really throws a stick in the spokes.
Nope, they closed it up yesterday or this morning
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2017, 10:01:36 PM »
Anybody know where the closure is coming from pyramid pass?

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2017, 01:28:44 AM »
Not directly affecting my hunting, but definitely dampening my mood.  I'm in Naches and already tired of sucking smoke.

Okanogan county has been pretty smokey for too long now. Even had some ash the past couple days in tonasket

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2017, 07:54:07 AM »
both plan A and plan B are unavailable for us now (One burnt, one closed access). Now it's trying to figure out a new area in the next 5 days.

That's a first world problem though. Prayers for those affected and hope the weather changes to help the fire crews. I also hope folks going out for the opener give the fire crews plenty of room to work. Don't try to get right next to closed areas and become a hazard yourselves (ie, don't block gates, etc).

 

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2017, 10:11:02 AM »
The Jolly Mountain fire is affecting me indirectly since our cabin is now in the "pack and get ready to evacuate" zone.  I took most of my hunting gear there last weekend and I was planning on swinging by on the way to the archery elk opener to pick it up.  Now I'm wondering whether we will have a forced evacuation that will prevent me from getting my stuff.  And then there's the question of whether the fire will take the place down in flames.  Sheesh. :P. I'm rooting for the firefighters. ;)

Oh, and here's the joke of the day.  My mother-in-law tells me if we're going to save stuff at the cabin to get the pictures on the wall and any frilly sentimental stuff and don't worry about my taxidermy because God will probably bless me with another 350 archery bull and 124 archery blacktail buck.  Those things are a dime a dozen, apparently. :chuckle: :o
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2017, 10:23:33 AM »
The Jolly Mountain fire is affecting me indirectly since our cabin is now in the "pack and get ready to evacuate" zone.  I took most of my hunting gear there last weekend and I was planning on swinging by on the way to the archery elk opener to pick it up.  Now I'm wondering whether we will have a forced evacuation that will prevent me from getting my stuff.  And then there's the question of whether the fire will take the place down in flames.  Sheesh. :P. I'm rooting for the firefighters. ;)

Oh, and here's the joke of the day.  My mother-in-law tells me if we're going to save stuff at the cabin to get the pictures on the wall and any frilly sentimental stuff and don't worry about my taxidermy because God will probably bless me with another 350 archery bull and 124 archery blacktail buck.  Those things are a dime a dozen, apparently. :chuckle: :o

124 inch black tail?? If you have pics please post em' same with your bull. Best of luck to your cabin and stuff

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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2017, 10:45:59 AM »
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2017, 11:12:53 AM »
As fires are appearing and growing, so are the size of effected areas.  Such as uno peak fire.   They expect closures to be in effect until nov 15th.   Yowzhers.

I can't imagine what is to,come from the high hunt.
What wildernesses do you think this will greatly be affected in the high hunt, bone?
Do you think chelan NRA will be. Greatly affected?
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Re: Fires in Eastern Wa
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2017, 12:10:17 PM »
The Jolly Mountain fire is affecting me indirectly since our cabin is now in the "pack and get ready to evacuate" zone.  I took most of my hunting gear there last weekend and I was planning on swinging by on the way to the archery elk opener to pick it up.  Now I'm wondering whether we will have a forced evacuation that will prevent me from getting my stuff.  And then there's the question of whether the fire will take the place down in flames.  Sheesh. :P. I'm rooting for the firefighters. ;)

Oh, and here's the joke of the day.  My mother-in-law tells me if we're going to save stuff at the cabin to get the pictures on the wall and any frilly sentimental stuff and don't worry about my taxidermy because God will probably bless me with another 350 archery bull and 124 archery blacktail buck.  Those things are a dime a dozen, apparently. :chuckle: :o

124 inch black tail?? If you have pics please post em' same with your bull. Best of luck to your cabin and stuff
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