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Offline Screaminreelz

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Opinions/advice needed
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:10:47 AM »
Looking for some guidance. Keep in mind this for a Westside late archery elk hunt.

I have one weekend left to late archery hunt elk and found some ground I feel good about. Gates have been locked all year long, elk are known in the area. Not 100% sure quite where as of yet, boots on the ground will determine just exactly where. I am going to be riding my bike in and the first mile or so has quite a few clear cuts with deep draws, running water, and some cover with 5-15 year old jack firs. I'm planning on going beyond 2-3 miles or more then getting into some timber or pursing what opportunities present themselves.

My question is; Should I get in before dark and sit and wait or come in at first day light to glass the cut lines in hopes other hunters are pushing animals? Couple things to factor I guess would be what the walk in pressure has or has not been. People walking in these areas usually don't go more than a mile or two unless riding in like myself.

The weather here has been dry and cold with clear nights and foggy mornings. Weather forecast will be the same for the hunt, mid to low 20s in the morning and mid 40s during the day.

Any advice will be helpful thank you.
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Re: Opinions/advice needed
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 09:17:02 AM »
I would think you want to go in early with the clear nights and moon out. Animals feeding at night and you might have the chance of seeing them as they transition to their bedding areas.

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Re: Opinions/advice needed
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 05:51:44 AM »
I would not ride past that first mile without at least giving it a glance. Unless there are already other hunters stationed there. I don't believe in passing prime habitat unless I absolutely have too.

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Re: Opinions/advice needed
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2017, 06:58:55 AM »
I would not ride past that first mile without at least giving it a glance. Unless there are already other hunters stationed there. I don't believe in passing prime habitat unless I absolutely have too.
:yeah:  I'm always amazed how many people travel right past timber patches that have elk in them to go look for elk...

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Re: Opinions/advice needed
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2017, 08:23:17 AM »
I agree about not passing, honestly have killed more deer in the first mile than any other mile but no so much for elk. Slowing down and taking the time will be key to being successful.

Thank you all for weighing in!
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