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North Skagit bear?
« on: March 30, 2010, 08:50:23 PM »
My fiance drew the north skagit unit for spring bear. I have hunted in sierra pacific land with a buddy last year who was drawn for elk. We seen a lot of bear sign in a couple spots but I was wondering if there are better spots in the parts of the unit that is open and if anybody would be willing to share a little info or possibly tag along on the hunt. The fiance has only shot one big game animal and it was a bear about 150# so we really want to put this tag to good use and get her a real trophy, any help or info would be appreciated.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 09:12:01 PM »
Heard Sierra's not giving out keys this year, so youll be stuck to walk in only of state land surrounding Sierras land. 
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2010, 09:14:44 PM »
Heard the same thing, hopefully just a bad rumor.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 09:19:19 PM »
Heard Sierra's not giving out keys this year, so youll be stuck to walk in only of state land surrounding Sierras land. 

If that is the case then why can't they convey that to F&W and have it printed in the regs or in a pop up window when you apply online?  :bash: Same with the supposed jump from $25 to $100 for the Copalis hunt.

Wonder how much we will have to pay for the Lincoln?




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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 09:20:56 PM »
No kidding that was the only reason we applied in this unit was for the private access.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 09:22:49 PM »
It does suck, they did the same thing to the Baker Goat tag holders last year, after drawing they were only allowed to hunt in certain areas.  Beings Seirra is Private land I suppose they can do whatever they like, just as they can kick you off for shooting a coyote or grouse when you are only allowed to take a bear or Elk if you have one of the tags.  Its rediculous because if you dont have a tag you can still hunt there and take those species, but if you have a special draw tag you are only allowed to kill that animal or they yank you key and drive in priveleges.
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 09:23:38 PM »
Theres not many bear around either, many people went home with tag soup last year.
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010, 09:29:04 PM »
Gotta be bears around, to good of country not to be. Theres a month in a half of season so hopefuuly we will find one.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 09:34:24 PM »
Guess we (or at least us that got drawn) will know for sure in a couple of days when we receive our packets.  Hope we get that damn key!!

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2010, 09:49:35 PM »
Me to the little lady was pretty excited about this tag so hopefully they will come through with keys.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2010, 07:30:51 AM »
WOW,  looks like a lot of the Skagit tag holders are all on here!  Can't wait to get the packet to see if we get the keys and of course what the exact boundaries are. 
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 07:33:25 AM »
My hunting partner got drawn for North Skagit as well.  Sure hope they are willing to give out the keys.  When my dad had the tag last year, it was really fun being able to drive around on those roads.  Even though we didn't see any bears during season, we did see a lot of elk.  (My dad got sick and needed surgery so we didn't get out a whole lot.)

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2010, 10:22:02 AM »
The maps F and G will give you, will have specific areas shown on them, that illustrates what areas are hardest hit with spring bear damage. That should answer your question, once you get the map. Good luck!
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2010, 11:52:02 AM »
Swing in and talk with the security guy at the Hamilton Mainline gate.  He is a pretty good guy and will probably give you area info if he knows it.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 12:02:54 PM »
Thanks for all the info.  Can't wait to get out and scout this weekend.  Just hope I have the maps from WDFW by then.
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2010, 12:10:27 PM »
NWWABOWHNTR,  where are the states boundries for North Skagit ?

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2010, 12:15:33 PM »
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Wonder how much we will have to pay for the Lincoln?
 
I doubt that they will charge an access fee, there are too many access points to monitor, and they have been open to free access, Hancock and the other companies have more of a history of charging fees than Weyerhauser (other than North Bend), but I could be wrong....
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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 04:34:05 PM »
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Wonder how much we will have to pay for the Lincoln?
 
I doubt that they will charge an access fee, there are too many access points to monitor, and they have been open to free access, Hancock and the other companies have more of a history of charging fees than Weyerhauser (other than North Bend), but I could be wrong....

I hope not, but Rayonier (Copalis) has just as many access points and they charge.




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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2010, 05:57:11 PM »
It was just a bad rumor! I talked to sierra pacific today and they told me flat out there are a lot of bears on there land this spring and they want some gone so they are giving out keys. The only thing different he said was that the dnr put locks and pulled locks off certain gates for access to certain areas. The other thing is that we will get our keys from the dnr not sierra pacific.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2010, 06:01:48 PM »
That's good news.




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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2010, 06:06:48 PM »
The keys came from dnr last year.

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2010, 06:38:32 PM »
I hope the area takes in some of the East Shannon Lake Sierra Pacific/ Longview Fiber land. The Longview property is gated but they allow access on bicycle or foot. I know a couple areas that they put the feeders at to try to keep the bear from killing the trees. They still kill more every year in a few reprod stands I know of- I just hope they are in the unit. It's so close to home as well. I'm stoked!

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2010, 07:11:16 PM »
unless they change it this year, that area is outside the boundary. 

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2010, 07:11:48 PM »
The areas that longview has the feeders in is done by houndsman.        And the keys for the bear hunt have always come from dnr.   Always a toss up what areas they will allow vehicle access to.   Another 2 weeks and we should know!  

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Re: North Skagit bear?
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2010, 07:15:21 PM »
hope we get the packets soon,  would love to get up and scout this weekend!
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