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Offline nwmein199

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This is the year!
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:23:02 PM »
This is my year! I am 0-5 on elk so far but year 6 is going to be different!!

I have been all around them every year but cant seem to cross paths with one. I see all of the sign everywhere. I have seen the carcasses from other kills. I have packed out several buddies elk so I know I am in the right spot. For 5 years I have pushed through that crazy thick, wet, western Washington brush, at least 7 miles per day without ever firing a shot.

Anyone that works in construction in the Seattle area, you know times are crazy right now. I am not able to take off as much time for elk this year so I will be pushing twice as hard as normal when I do make it out to the woods.

Year after year of putting in many tough & wet miles and trying to keep going when every muscle is my body is screaming to quit has led me to this year, the year I am hoping everything changes for me.

Good luck to all tomorrow!!

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 12:28:08 PM »
What's your plan of attack?

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2017, 12:35:15 PM »
That's the spirit!  Go get em! 

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2017, 12:41:13 PM »
What's your plan of attack?

Move slower and glass more. I had no clue what I was doing the first couple years but I know I was moving too fast and was way loud. I will be still hunting.

Also after hunting the same area for 5 years, I know the game trails and terrain like the back of my hand. In the past I found most of the time I was just trying to figure out where to go and not actually hunting elk. I saw in another thread that you should be "hunting" when you are in the woods and not "hiking". I was definitely hiking before and will be 100% hunting this year.

I will be enjoying the woods much more this year as oppose to being upset I didnt fill my tag yet like last year. Work has been so nuts and exhausting that I am going to savor every moment in the woods.

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 12:52:02 PM »
Great outlook. Wish you the best of luck.


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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 12:55:39 PM »
Sounds like a good plan.  Be at their feeding location at daylight and dark and hunt bedding areas during the day.

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 07:10:21 AM »
Holy crap, this IS the year! Notched my first elk tag every yesterday. I shot him at 645am yesterday and am still in disbelief.

It looks like the rest of my elk hunting career will be trying to harvest a bull as big as my first one :chuckle:

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 07:15:36 AM »
Good for you!
I leave for Montana next Friday.
What unit were you hunting?

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017, 08:22:51 AM »
That's awesome, congrats! Learning where and how to hunt can definitely be a process. Looks like went through that process just fine! Well done, lets see a pic  :tup:

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 10:46:06 AM »
WOW :yike: You did awesome! Congrats on your first elk :tup:

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 10:47:11 AM »
Nice work! that's an absolute stud! Its amazing what a positive attitude and a good plan can produce. Well done! Also with the cheaters on both sides I cant believe how symmetrical that bull is, very cool rack.

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 10:49:09 AM »
Wow, that's a gorgeous Roosie!

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 11:01:53 AM »
What a beauty!!!!  :IBCOOL: congrats, your hard work and dedication definitely paid off! I dont see a cape... no shoulder mount???

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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 11:05:26 AM »
Man I could never get sick of seeing tops like that.

Awesome bull. Congrats!
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Re: This is the year!
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2017, 11:16:31 AM »
Congrats! What a great bull!!
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

 

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