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Offline Greg Mullins

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West Klickitat
« on: June 14, 2011, 05:07:20 PM »
Looking for info.on the W.Klickitat unit. I drew a 3pt min tag and also a doe tag in the Entiat unit. I hunt for the meat but horns are nice . Any info would be great just kinda iffy on how good Klickitat unit really is. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.       

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 05:08:49 PM »
That was quick.  :chuckle:
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 05:10:51 PM »
That was quick and a first post too. I am trying to be more understanding lately though so I won't say anything negative. Wish I could help but I don't know anything about the area. Good luck!
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 05:12:27 PM »
Thanks

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 05:13:36 PM »
holy crap I guess that was quick :sry:
go ahead on er.

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 05:19:16 PM »
We all started posting for some reason, I suspect as the results comeout there will be lots of new members looking for info :chuckle:. Help the ones you can, laugh at the others, but mostly remember this is a site for hunters of our state and I think most of us have benefited from someone sharing on here  :twocents:.

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 05:24:28 PM »
W ell thanks for your imput but last year when I got devorced my X  changed my password and crashed my computer.I was once known as Monster 10. But now Im me  :tup:

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2011, 05:25:50 PM »
We all started posting for some reason, I suspect as the results comeout there will be lots of new members looking for info :chuckle:. Help the ones you can, laugh at the others, but mostly remember this is a site for hunters of our state and I think most of us have benefited from someone sharing on here  :twocents:.
    Ya your right, sorry. But I got the the west klick. tag for muzzy too!
go ahead on er.

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2011, 05:28:36 PM »
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2011, 06:01:22 PM »
Someone lock this thread.  I can't wait to muzzy hunt again it's been a few years.  :chuckle:

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2011, 07:03:07 PM »
Having grown up hunting West Klickitat, seen it as general late hunt, late muzzy hunt, and late rifle tag hunt. I've helped a few guys hunt it for the late rifle draw tag in the last few years. I'm a bit baffled folks burn points on it.

Had a good friend who put in for it and he had never seen the unit. Just always heard it was good. I hunt there with him now and he dont put in for draw tags there.

Now thats not to say there isnt great bucks there, there is for sure. I see them and find thier sheds every year. But in my opinion the Late hunt doesnt give you enough advantage that you could go in cold turkey and expect to do any good. To me that late tag would only be an advantage for a fellow who is intimate with the unit, has some good bucks located, and can take advantage of the rut to catch them making a mistake. I think if your planning to go at it by scouting a bit in the summer/early fall looking for good areas, then hope the rut hooks you up, you'll likely be dissapointed.

Maybe the 3 point or better deal is improving things. It seems like it, but hard to put a finger on it. At the same time they cut the unit down and moved the eastern border west removing some good area.

Its definately not the type of unit where you expect the late draw tag to be a "pick your buck out of the many you see every day" type hunt.

Another consideration is they have realy got hot and heavy on the logging in the last year or two. Its changed alot of areas.

I think if I had your tag I'd start looking up neer the Kings mountain Drapper springs area. Snow and rut could combine to hook you up, up there. Its logging and NF without all the usual private mixing. Never hurts to have access to the Kreps land, but I dont kow how to go about that.  The lower areas are good, but far more prone to the "honey hole" effect where you realy need to know the ground.

Guess I've typed alot and managed to say almost nothing. LOL

 

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2011, 08:12:35 PM »
I think you nailed it Chesapeake. Great summary of the unit. Oh, and the access to Krepps land has been a dream of mine since I started hunting the unit 10 years ago. I keep telling myself they'll cave in to my requests next year.  :chuckle:
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2011, 09:01:17 PM »
Don't even think you will get permission from the krep's to hunt.  I have known the family my whole life, am good friends with the youngest generation, and I wouldn't waste my breathe asking.  Not the best deer hunting in the unit anyway.  :twocents:

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2011, 09:17:43 PM »
Harder hunt, some deer deepening on the weather. More then likely you will be hunting public ground because most private owners over there do not let many people hunt. Pretty close nit groups.
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2011, 09:37:27 PM »
I love this hunt, have done very well in the past, but I do spend a fair amount of time in the brush :chuckle:
go ahead on er.

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2011, 09:48:17 PM »
I live here, I know where the big ones are.  Late hunt for deer? Bring your snow shoes or hit the canyon.  As for the Kreps land, well its all in who you know  :) 
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2011, 10:32:47 PM »
My boy drew the youth permit. Antlerless during the general season. Hope we can find him a doe for his first deer.
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011, 05:07:16 PM »
General season doe tag is a give-me. Push a few clear cuts with 5 to 10 foot reprod and your sure to push one out. About any of the cuts along the upper end of Fisher hill, BZ Glenwood, Snowden ect... would work. Just do it at first light before the buck hunters clammer through. Might be best to wait and let the opening weekend crowd leave and then go hunt.


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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011, 05:12:44 PM »
Never hunted the Kreps land except by accident, but I will say the alfalfa they have neer the houses on the BZ Glenwood have a few dandy bucks in them at first light from time to time. A herd of elk here and there also.

Maybe they dont have the best, but they have some darn good stuff that isnt crowded. The SDS Bear river(??) compound is some nice looking stuff also when looking in from the outside.

Anyone with a handle of "logger" and location of "trout lake" could likely make use of that tag. LOL! Just guessing.


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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2011, 08:23:50 PM »
First off, congratulations on drawing your permits.  I live in the West Klickitat unit and the posts so far are spot on.  The unit boundaries have changed a few times in recent years so keep that in mind as you get information.  The unit used to produce some outstanding "Cascade Blacktails" so the genetics are here, but overall deer numbers are down significantly.  The previous advice about not being able to pick through a lot of bucks while looking for the buck of your dreams is true.  If you run across a 4 point, or really nice 3 point you should think long and hard about taking him, because it could take a fair amount of time and effort to find another one.  Good luck!

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2011, 08:37:05 PM »
The cougars have taken a toll as well. Chris, that is definitley a gimme unit for does. Good luck to you guys!

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2011, 06:45:20 PM »
I live here, I know where the big ones are.  Late hunt for deer? Bring your snow shoes or hit the canyon.  As for the Kreps land, well its all in who you know  :) 
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2011, 07:03:20 PM »
watch the boundrys i followed other people first couple day's was hunting the rez. didnt get my elk needed more snow. lot's of cougar track's and i followed a big bear last day of season tried cow talking him in .  never seen a deer but after a fresh snow next day there were plenty of track's above Glenwood in a bunch of newer clear cut's. good luck had a great time. this year i won a Quality elk tag for the Toutle. Rick ;)
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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2011, 09:29:25 AM »
It's a great unit if you know the area. I also drew the tag. Have my eyes on a couple of nice bucks already. Helps that I live in the unit

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Re: West Klickitat
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2011, 03:41:56 PM »
Dad and I drew for late muzzle in this unit this year.  I drew by myself last year and got a nice little three point. 

I've hunted this unit since I started hunting and I've seen quite a few nice bucks in both the new 578, and the old (now 574).  BUT, I've seen a lot of empty miles between those nice bucks too. 


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