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general season stories
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:01:53 PM »
I know most elk camps are still camping (I mean hunting),  my dads in the umtanum, seen a couple cows and he said minimal shooting.  no spikes have been posted yet.  lets hear some stories of the pumpkin patches

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 07:18:02 AM »
I was up in the umptanum yesterday for a visit.  I heard two spikes were taken and a 7x6 on opening and nothing since.  Not my info to share on 7x6.  Only stories I heard is, it is bleak up there.  I did a couple of my old runs and ran into multiple guys doing the same.  Fewer camps, but bigger ones as far as I could tell.  More banner signs marking their camps.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 07:46:48 AM »
I haven't bought a tag, but I had a spike on cam again during shooting light yesterday and there was 3 cows that I could see eating apples in the neighbors orchard early this morning. They are taking advantage of harvest being done and living the good life down low  :chuckle:
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 07:47:35 AM »
Saw very few elk in the Colockum. My traditional elk areas have been off for about 4 years now. Very few animals where I hunt lately.
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 07:58:37 AM »
During deer season I had some person  sneak up on my 3d deer 30 yards from my back door with a flashlight right at dark. The wife asked him what the hell he was doing his response was its deer season. I'm glad I wasn't home would of been bracelets for me. :bash: :bash: :bash:
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 08:11:12 AM »
During deer season I had some person sneak up on my 3d deer 30 yards from my back door with a flashlight right at dark. The wife asked him what the hell he was doing his response was its deer season. I'm glad I wasn't home would of been bracelets for me. :bash: :bash: :bash:




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Re: general season stories
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 10:06:58 AM »
Hiked around on opening day in Ahtanum. Didn't see any elk and heard one shot ring out all day.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 01:23:16 PM »
Up in the Nile there was a big camp that had a large Elk/Deer 3d target that they would take the occasional shot at just to make sure they were ready for the opportunity should it arise.
Well there was more than one time, ok I will be honest it happened 3 times, that on the way back to camp I might have jumped out of the truck and started to knock an arrow. I want to point out that I was a kid and hell bent on getting My first Deer or Elk.
The Messed up part was My Dad would let Me, LOL. I would say "Elk!!!!!" He would stop the truck let Me Fly out. I would turn around and He would say "that darn thing got me Too" laughing under his breath. Funny how often We took that way back to our camp. I think Dad was messing with Me. Not cool Dad! not Cool!
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 01:42:36 PM »
Yesterday morning, my partner came across a 6x6 bull who was gut shot. He would turn his head, but did not move even though my friend was 10 yards away. He did get up once and move 50 feet.
There were quite a few hunters with big bull tags, but they had left.
A sad story.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 01:58:17 PM »
Heading up to the Colockum tomorrow through Sunday.  I have to say the reports I've been getting have been very poor.  I'll give it a good try, but to be honest, I'm not very enthused. The "true spike" rule seems ridiculous.  Anybody care to guess how many true spikes might be running around in the entire Colockum herd?  My feeling is not very many.  I'm hoping for 1 in the 25 square mile area I usually hunt, but frankly our advance party has seen no elk at all there this year.  I'm thinking general season elk is pretty much a lost cause unless you have a cow tag.  Good for beer drinking I suppose...

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 02:34:23 PM »
Anywhere that has true spike bull only is a joke. Go hunt someplace else.  :dunno:
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 03:10:32 PM »
Figurativly speaking, 340 and 342, are ghost towns. Was not sure why, until I checked the game regs, the state cut the cow tags for those two GMU's 90%. Last year 340 issued 350 cow tags and 342 issued 200. This year 340, 35 cow tags and 342, 20 cow tags. There is probably half if not less, camps this year than in the last 14 years.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2017, 03:23:10 PM »
It gets harder and harder each and every year. You just got to adapt. learn a new weapon or a new area. There are still options.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2017, 03:35:27 PM »
Yesterday morning, my partner came across a 6x6 bull who was gut shot. He would turn his head, but did not move even though my friend was 10 yards away. He did get up once and move 50 feet.
There were quite a few hunters with big bull tags, but they had left.
A sad story.

I don't think I could pass on that.  I'd probably have to take my chances with fish and game and hope they could see the wound was old and the one I put in his head was fresh.  I am sure with my luck I would get some young punk who thinks he just received a gift wrapped poaching case, but Ill take my chances. 

Ill pack it out and they can donate it where ever, but a suffering, wounded animal that is going to waste is something I wont walk away from.  I guess I am just compassionate respect the animal to much.  We shouldn't be afraid to do what is right by the animal.


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Re: general season stories
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2017, 04:02:55 PM »
I haven't bought a tag, but I had a spike on cam again during shooting light yesterday and there was 3 cows that I could see eating apples in the neighbors orchard early this morning. They are taking advantage of harvest being done and living the good life down low  :chuckle:

I walked a lot yesterday.  Got back to the truck and 200 from the truck was a small herd of cows and possibly a couple spikes (could not tell in the trees).  They ran into the trees too fast to tell.  I hoofed it around them, they ran back towards the truck, I hoofed it around them again and back into the thick stuff.  An hour and a half in a 20 acre or less patch of trees.  Never could get enough of a view to know how many and of what gender.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2017, 05:03:29 PM »
Ya , its been slow in 342. I guided my 14 year old nephew into getting his first spike        opening morning . This was an amazing hunt . A couple of hunters tried getting in front of us on the way up the hill, we stopped and started glassing and I spotted the spike and 4 cows way up in a big basin but heading our way. The 2 other hunters seemed to not    know where they were and headed back down to there truck. As they were heading back the elk were on the side of the hill about 200 yards away. Thank god they never looked behind them. Lol. The elk bedded and we made our move. I will post some pictures after the season is done. So I don't have any company in the coming days. Good luck all !!!

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2017, 05:22:37 PM »
Yesterday morning, my partner came across a 6x6 bull who was gut shot. He would turn his head, but did not move even though my friend was 10 yards away. He did get up once and move 50 feet.
There were quite a few hunters with big bull tags, but they had left.
A sad story.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2017, 05:27:06 PM »
Just got back from 346 - been trying to fill a Peaches big bull tag and can't find any elk at all! I've been out in it for 9 straight days and it wasn't until today up at Mt. Clifty that I finally found 2 cows and 2 calves. Prior to that I had seen only 3 cows off the 1900 road while driving back to camp one night. I've hunted Clifty, Blowout, Gold Creek, and off the PCT south of the 1900 rd and just can't find any elk - heading back over tomorrow to go for my Hail Mary or it's tag soup for me.

One note - did find a bunch of wolf tracks on and around the PCT at Blowout Mountain, could be part of the problem...

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2017, 06:14:17 PM »
Figurativly speaking, 340 and 342, are ghost towns. Was not sure why, until I checked the game regs, the state cut the cow tags for those two GMU's 90%. Last year 340 issued 350 cow tags and 342 issued 200. This year 340, 35 cow tags and 342, 20 cow tags. There is probably half if not less, camps this year than in the last 14 years.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2017, 06:50:48 AM »
Just got back from 346 - been trying to fill a Peaches big bull tag and can't find any elk at all! I've been out in it for 9 straight days and it wasn't until today up at Mt. Clifty that I finally found 2 cows and 2 calves. Prior to that I had seen only 3 cows off the 1900 road while driving back to camp one night. I've hunted Clifty, Blowout, Gold Creek, and off the PCT south of the 1900 rd and just can't find any elk - heading back over tomorrow to go for my Hail Mary or it's tag soup for me.

One note - did find a bunch of wolf tracks on and around the PCT at Blowout Mountain, could be part of the problem...

I cut a wolf track in the snow a little ways north of there. We also had a stalk on elk blown when a couple guys parked at a landing about a mile across valley. Not their fault, elk were just really spooky. We ran into alot of sign to go along with the elk and a few mulies too. Good season for just a weekend for us, even with no notched tags.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2017, 07:04:27 AM »
My son and I found several wolf tracks in Bumping on Sunday.  I think it's safe to say we have a wolf problem.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2017, 10:05:28 AM »
Heading up to the Colockum tomorrow through Sunday.  I have to say the reports I've been getting have been very poor.  I'll give it a good try, but to be honest, I'm not very enthused. The "true spike" rule seems ridiculous.  Anybody care to guess how many true spikes might be running around in the entire Colockum herd?  My feeling is not very many.  I'm hoping for 1 in the 25 square mile area I usually hunt, but frankly our advance party has seen no elk at all there this year.  I'm thinking general season elk is pretty much a lost cause unless you have a cow tag.  Good for beer drinking I suppose...

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2017, 10:19:20 AM »
Yesterday morning, my partner came across a 6x6 bull who was gut shot. He would turn his head, but did not move even though my friend was 10 yards away. He did get up once and move 50 feet.
There were quite a few hunters with big bull tags, but they had left.
A sad story.

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Re: general season stories
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2017, 09:16:05 PM »
Yesterday morning, my partner came across a 6x6 bull who was gut shot. He would turn his head, but did not move even though my friend was 10 yards away. He did get up once and move 50 feet.
There were quite a few hunters with big bull tags, but they had left.
A sad story.
Did you call wdfw? They often can put a tag holder on situations like this.
I think I mentioned there were several tag holders, but they gave up the day before. We knew who they were, but they had left.
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Re: general season stories
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2017, 02:20:59 PM »
Heard ppl saying others were tagging spikes they claimed they shot! Pretty hard up! No pride in that, if I found one I would open it up let it cool, and maybe they would find it?better than it rotting?
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