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1 May opener question
« on: April 25, 2011, 06:49:49 AM »
The feeding lot annual easter egg hunt starts next Sunday
Has anyone heard of any early opening since it is a Sunday ?
I have missed out before with it opening earlier like on a Saturday.
Just wondering ?? and is there a phone # I can call to ask ?
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 08:25:49 AM »
It opens May 1st, No exceptions for the day! Sunday is a perfect day to open it.. Poor people that have to travel :chuckle:
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 09:50:27 AM »
Are you guys talking Oak Creek?
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 10:19:52 AM »
Among the others over there, but yeah
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 12:53:06 PM »
oak creek and mud flow gates open at 6;am so get in line.and good luck.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2011, 01:04:01 PM »
Better bring an extra air filter.. People haul a$$ up those roads and the dust can be savage to say the least!
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2011, 02:13:22 PM »
6 am for sure? Im gonna take the wife so well have to see how that goes. Even with all those people are the chances good of finding anything? :dunno:
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2011, 02:42:06 PM »
Receieved email to confirm 6am May 1
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2011, 02:59:58 PM »
Im gonna bring the video camera this year to video the rat race up the hill and acrossed the field. There going to open up the gate to drive in at the same time as the walkers this year again?
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2011, 03:05:06 PM »
i was told yes.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2011, 03:15:31 PM »
I usually go to the Joe Watt area for the May 1 opener.  Everyone races off to their favorite spots when the gate is opened.  I just park at the bottom and then hike up to the top.  Lately I have had to walk all day to find one antler, but some people find zero.  Hard to imagine when a guy sees all the branch antlered bulls when the hay is put out.  A lot of theories why are created at the end of the day.  I do believe people are in there long before May 1, but they can't find them all.  I found a seven point antler in the lower area on Memorial weekend a few years ago and that was after I spent the day hiking the drainage.  Try to keep a positive attitude and keep looking at the ground.  When you stop use the binos to look over the area.  Hope you find something.  I doubt I will be there this year, work and family has other plans for me.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2011, 06:00:39 PM »
Im almost certain Wdfw has picked up all the sheds at the Joke Creek feed area to sell in the next auction :lol4:

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 09:31:28 PM »
Joke Creek  :chuckle: i love it i will forever call it joke creek lmfao
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2011, 10:13:31 PM »
Joke Creek  :chuckle: i love it i will forever call it joke creek lmfao
Glad you liked it... Showing my creative side  :chuckle: In all seriousness though lots of people sneek in early and cheat and after the gamies found out they can make a buck... Well, we know what happens . oh well, its still a good chance to get out a get a good walk  :twocents:

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2011, 05:26:12 PM »
We and our COASTIE COUSINS will be over to watch people get bucked off of horses. We saw game warden show in montana and I laughed the whole show. I thought OAK Creek was the only place this stuff happened!!!!! :chuckle: :chuckle:
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2011, 05:54:41 PM »
Does it cost money to go in the gate? I would like to go to the mudflow gate. Is it the gate right off the highway? Is it worth going? PM me if you have information please

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2011, 05:57:30 PM »
I have heard from a good source, that at OAK Joke creek 40 percent of the bulls have not dropped.  There is not enough good food yet for new antler growth.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2011, 05:58:51 PM »
oak creek and mud flow gates open at 6;am so get in line.and good luck.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2011, 10:24:50 PM »
I have heard from a good source, that at OAK Joke creek 40 percent of the bulls have not dropped.  There is not enough good food yet for new antler growth.

Thats good to hear in a way... Maybe some for the people who play by the rules. Not so good about the poor nutrition.... The elk need the good grub this time of the year especially for the calves

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2011, 09:15:18 PM »
My buddy and I will be heading over there on Sunday for my first time.  I'm not having any high expectations other than getting out and getting some exercise. 

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2011, 10:28:50 PM »
im headed to oak creek in the am,  then to elkstuffers house to drop off razorclams and a deer hide. i will be staying on site to enjoy in the fun. look for a 5year old and an 8 year old  having fun. :chuckle: :chuckle:.   enjoy im sure that i will talk to a few of you.  jason.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2011, 01:05:55 PM »
Me and my brother and possibly a friend are heading to the Bethel Ridge Marathon  :chuckle:. Maybe ill run it to some of ya up there.
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2011, 05:21:12 PM »
Well I've got sore feet but no sheds after a day out at Oak Creek.  This was my first time and my buddy and I will be trying a different game plan next year.  If any of you guys were the ones I talked to outside the gate (not the gate at the main feed station but the one to what I guess would be the north) I hope you had good luck.

At least I fared better than my buddy, he was a hurtin unit by the time we got back to the truck.  I don't know if it's true but somebody we talked to in town on the way out had stated a couple of van loads of college kids had been seen up in the area we were in the week prior scouring the hill side.  I'd like to think that rumor is false but who knows. 

I can't complain too much since I got some exercise and saw some elk, deer, and sheep.

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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2011, 07:36:08 PM »
I feel your pain Wonky Literally. We walked 10 - 12 miles and found no sheds. We did see close to 100 deer and probly 400 elk.
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2011, 09:13:31 PM »
I don't know if it's true but somebody we talked to in town on the way out had stated a couple of van loads of college kids had been seen up in the area we were in the week prior scouring the hill side.  I'd like to think that rumor is false but who knows. 

I talked to a couple of the Eyes in the Woods guys and yes it was one College class that got caught in there, not van loads and they ended up having a nice chat with enforcement.

Was also told that because of Eyes in the Woods, there was more sheds to be found this year than in the past.  Plus the early starters at all three closure areas ( Oak Creek, Coweechie, and Wenas), got to have a little chat with enforcement, because Eyes was out all night spotting for enforcement.

So Kudos to Eyes In The Woods  :salute: :salute: :salute: for helping keeping it fair for all and giving everyone an equal chance at getting some bones.
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2011, 09:17:56 PM »
I just wish people would play by the rules! Thanks eyes in the woods!
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2011, 06:13:20 AM »
Went to Joe Watt & Wenas
saw some guys with some massive horns at Joe Watt but we went zero for 3 guys
Lots of people for a Sunday
4  different hikes around 2 hours each
Definetely sore feet
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2011, 08:09:19 AM »
Went to Joe Watt too.
Four of us went over . I found one another buddy found three. Saw few guys with singles. Couple different guys had a nice sets from the big boys. Saw lots of elk and a deer. Anybody see the group of bucks when you get off at elk heights?

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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2011, 08:26:54 AM »
Went to Joe Watt too.
Four of us went over . I found one another buddy found three. Saw few guys with singles. Couple different guys had a nice sets from the big boys. Saw lots of elk and a deer. Anybody see the group of bucks when you get off at elk heights?
Up on the hill?  There was around 40 head up there.
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2011, 08:30:49 AM »
went to oak creek. found a small 4 point and a 6 point. lost track of how meany deer and elk we seen. seen a quad rider at 8.45 comming down with at least 8 horns .i hate to be negative but you just dont go out and find that meany horns that fast. but im sure they took his picture.so smile.

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« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2011, 11:14:05 AM »
Well for the first time there this year i agree will have a better game plan for next year...we got to oak creek at about 515 and got out to stretch looked up on the hill and 2 guys and a dogs already headed across the hill  :nono: talked to a few guys at the gate that have been doing this for awhile. was thinking we would be in good shape going straight up the hill side up the road aways untill i saw the horse posse riding through the area hahaha which i thought was a great idea cover alot of ground and sit up higher? we walked through a draw up the creek thinking that we might find some where they crossed but all my 12 year old son found was a old letherman someone must of dropped during hunting season ( does that count as a shed) lol had a grat time and wow there was alot of people not as bad as i thought though...

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2011, 11:46:39 AM »
Went up at about 7am after work for two hours and found a.small 4pt elk and a massive 3pt deer, any news from wenas?
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2011, 01:48:45 PM »
Went on an 8 &1/2 hour hike at Joe Watt & found zero - Oh well, nice day to hike around anyway,

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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2011, 04:30:40 PM »
Went up to joke creek with 3 buddies and we came out with 10 sheds but nothing big. 
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2011, 07:17:03 PM »
Well for the first time there this year i agree will have a better game plan for next year...we got to oak creek at about 515 and got out to stretch looked up on the hill and 2 guys and a dog already headed across the hill  :nono:

I think they ended up having a chat with enforcement for being in before the actual opening time.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2011, 07:22:40 PM »
The interesting thing I was noticing about Oak Creek was that I didn't see any one the people on horseback with any sheds.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2011, 08:10:35 AM »
The interesting thing I was noticing about Oak Creek was that I didn't see any one the people on horseback with any sheds.
lots of horses at joe watt to but did not see any with horns.  Most of the horses get there a little late.
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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #37 on: May 03, 2011, 11:51:20 AM »
My buddy sent me an email of their picks. Their group of 5 guys came away with 16 sheds. One set of 6x6 sheds that are around 300.

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Re: 1 May opener question
« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2011, 12:58:51 PM »
teanawayslayer.we did see the group of deer on the hill. The group of bucks were on the north side of I-90 in the median at the stop sign. Also talked to three guys from idaho that found 12 elk sheds. One was really nice. While out hiking bumped into two different elk herds and one bull that ran 10 feet in front of me.

 

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