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SW Wa land closures
« on: September 09, 2017, 09:16:20 AM »
Came down for elk opener this morning and all the gates are marked "no public access"  due to fire danger. This was the first I'd heard of it. Anybody have more information ? How much is closed ?
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 09:19:44 AM »
Came down for elk opener this morning and all the gates are marked "no public access"  due to fire danger. This was the first I'd heard of it. Anybody have more information ? How much is closed ?

Pretty much every timber company other then weyco. But you gonna need a $300 permit for entry. State and national forest are open.No camp fires or open fires allowed.  If you hurry you might be able to find a parking spot still.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 09:22:28 AM »
Yah that's what it's looking like. We thought we found some land but it was all weyco. Thanks for the info
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 09:23:47 AM »
Yah that's what it's looking like. We thought we found some land but it was all weyco. Thanks for the info

Pm me and I can point you in a direction of some open areas if you need assistance.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 09:40:38 AM »
Pm sent
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Re: SW Wa land closures
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 11:44:03 AM »
Why come all the way down here to look for elk? I grew up in Kitsap Co. and remember having plenty of elk around. Are the woods closed up there now too?

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 12:09:42 PM »
The closest would be across in the olympics. I've been hunting down here for maybe the past 6 years. So we know the area down here best. The land up north is national forest mainly so we thought about heading up, but it's a new area. I'm still in high school so I kinda just go wherever I get drug to. It all depends.
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017, 01:03:35 PM »
PM sent.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 09:29:24 AM »
Just came back from SW Washington last night. Most timber company land is still closed (even after rain on Saturday night). Tried hunting state land and it was silly.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2017, 10:01:19 AM »
 :yeah:
I thought last year was bad, but with all the gates closed there were hunters everywhere on state land. First time in 6 years I had other hunters actually in the woods in my "secret" spot.   
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2017, 12:42:10 PM »
Make sure if you go in early you look everywhere within a 100 yard radius! Learned the hard way!

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2017, 04:16:17 PM »
Why come all the way down here to look for elk? I grew up in Kitsap Co. and remember having plenty of elk around. Are the woods closed up there now too?

You saw elk in Kitsap and plenty, where C-Post?

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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2017, 08:37:18 PM »
Why come all the way down here to look for elk? I grew up in Kitsap Co. and remember having plenty of elk around. Are the woods closed up there now too?

You saw elk in Kitsap and plenty, where C-Post?

Holly, a long long time ago. My buddy shot one on his property in Grapeview (not Kitsap) a couple of years ago.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2017, 06:10:28 AM »
I've heard very distant rumors of a possible small herd in the green mountain watershed. Also stories about them occasionally being seen or hit with cars in port orchard.
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2017, 08:45:56 AM »
I saw the 5 pt. hit by vehicle several years ago by Stokes Auction. In '85 or '86 there was a bull on the property by jackson and lund before it was a skatepark. just a spike and he wasn't around long. There hasn't been "plenty" of Elk in this county in the 100 yrs my family has been here.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2017, 09:01:12 AM »
I saw the 5 pt. hit by vehicle several years ago by Stokes Auction. In '85 or '86 there was a bull on the property by jackson and lund before it was a skatepark. just a spike and he wasn't around long. There hasn't been "plenty" of Elk in this county in the 100 yrs my family has been here.

Yep, yep, yep.  All true.

I am convinced a healthy herd could survive on the SW side of the peninsula, but they would have to be introduced to start.  There is no way they could or would swim across from Dosewalips.  I actually wish WDFW would do this.
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2017, 10:02:39 AM »
I saw the 5 pt. hit by vehicle several years ago by Stokes Auction. In '85 or '86 there was a bull on the property by jackson and lund before it was a skatepark. just a spike and he wasn't around long. There hasn't been "plenty" of Elk in this county in the 100 yrs my family has been here.

We saw that bull at Jackson and Lund one night coming back from watching one of the Navy ships come in (Nimitz maybe, I cant remember now).  It went across from the state land over to where the AM/PM is now, back when that was a 4 way stop.  We went home and my dad got a flashlight then drove back and went in the woods to see if he could locate it again, which he did.  He called the WDFW to let them know and the literally laughed at him and said he had probably just had a bit too much to drink that night (he doesnt drink).  If I remember correctly they failed at darting it a couple of times over the course of a week or two.  Finally got it darted in a pasture with some mules or horses off Lund and relocated it, not sure where they took it.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2017, 03:53:48 PM »
When are they gonna open the gates down south?

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2017, 05:39:41 PM »
After some days of good steady rain.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2017, 07:37:28 PM »
I saw the 5 pt. hit by vehicle several years ago by Stokes Auction. In '85 or '86 there was a bull on the property by jackson and lund before it was a skatepark. just a spike and he wasn't around long. There hasn't been "plenty" of Elk in this county in the 100 yrs my family has been here.

We saw that bull at Jackson and Lund one night coming back from watching one of the Navy ships come in (Nimitz maybe, I cant remember now).  It went across from the state land over to where the AM/PM is now, back when that was a 4 way stop.  We went home and my dad got a flashlight then drove back and went in the woods to see if he could locate it again, which he did.  He called the WDFW to let them know and the literally laughed at him and said he had probably just had a bit too much to drink that night (he doesnt drink).  If I remember correctly they failed at darting it a couple of times over the course of a week or two.  Finally got it darted in a pasture with some mules or horses off Lund and relocated it, not sure where they took it.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2017, 09:39:58 AM »
Wow. Thanks for the private messages guys. I never meant to imply there was a big population of elk in Kitsap Co. My remarks were meant to refer to the North Western part of the state in general (not a four to five hour drive South)and I was not trying to keep him from coming down this way as was implied in a private message. I actually shared some detailed information on an area that has been very productive on both private timber Co. (Green Crow - also provide contact info for the land manager who will help haul the elk out if he's in the area) and NF land in the Lewis River unit. My partner and I would be there now if his wife wasn't in chemo. Good luck to you all.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2017, 01:04:29 PM »
Wow. Thanks for the private messages guys. I never meant to imply there was a big population of elk in Kitsap Co. My remarks were meant to refer to the North Western part of the state in general (not a four to five hour drive South)and I was not trying to keep him from coming down this way as was implied in a private message. I actually shared some detailed information on an area that has been very productive on both private timber Co. (Green Crow - also provide contact info for the land manager who will help haul the elk out if he's in the area) and NF land in the Lewis River unit. My partner and I would be there now if his wife wasn't in chemo. Good luck to you all.

RGB had some great info. Also he is right that there is an Olympic herd nearby. So stop saying anything rude.
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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2017, 03:40:46 AM »
After some days of good steady rain.

Did they open the gates yet? 

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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2017, 05:35:50 AM »
Probably have to wait to call them when they open up the office.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2017, 06:50:18 AM »
Yeah I figure there's a lot of guys calling right now. I tagged out on the opener but two buddies still in camp waiting to hit the gates.

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Re: SW Wa land closures
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2017, 10:24:14 AM »
Hancock ground is open, Cambell group is not in sw

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