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Offline cwebsterdeerhunter

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2012 elk season
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:52:04 PM »
Ok so i have been hutning elk for meybe 40 years now and have only gotten one bull and a few cows. Now that my son is hunting for three years without a shot opportunity I really need to help him get an elk. I have been thinking about a spike only gmu. But any help would work. :dunno:

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 05:56:00 PM »
id say hit cowiche or little naches, personally cowiche but i know it better. if you spend some time in there hunting hard, you will see spikes!
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 07:12:19 PM »
little naches has a lot of people hunting it thus the elk will be more pressured. If you live in western washington I'd recommend the mashel area. Less hunters and I've seen tons of elk up there!

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 07:30:51 PM »
yes i know Cowiche very well but its no good until it snows alot then the elk come down from the high country

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 07:33:15 PM »
I don't hunt the westside but i would think it would be easier to find a 3pt or better bull than it would be to go to a spike only unit. Just my  :twocents:
But putting in for a cow tag would help. If you are going eastside I would go for manashtash area. but like anything you got to put in the work to be successful.
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 07:43:45 PM »
yes i know Cowiche very well but its no good until it snows alot then the elk come down from the high country

I don't want to sound like a jerk but if you have been hunting for 40 years and only killed a few elk you either don't know cowiche very well or you know the wrong area in cowiche.  There are a ton of local elk in cowiche, yes a ton more come down when it snows but they're there before then, you just have to find them.
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 07:54:22 PM »
Possibly i have exacerated and only hunted elk 20 years but never really hunted cowiche int the last 15 years

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012, 08:24:41 PM »
What about bumping or Bethel??????????

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012, 08:30:49 PM »
Bumping is great if you like to walk a ton, awesome country but the best hunting is away from the roads in my opinion.

There are no elk in Bethel... And if there were it gets hammered with orange during modern.
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2012, 08:40:24 PM »
Thanks for the help might see you up there this season

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2012, 08:46:57 PM »
yes i know Cowiche very well but its no good until it snows alot then the elk come down from the high country

I don't want to sound like a jerk but if you have been hunting for 40 years and only killed a few elk you either don't know cowiche very well or you know the wrong area in cowiche.  There are a ton of local elk in cowiche, yes a ton more come down when it snows but they're there before then, you just have to find them.

ya cowiche is an awesome unit, there are a ton of elk in that unit everywhere. Plus you can get pretty high in that unit. if you hit the steep dark timber up high you will see elk. i was in there deer hunting during the rut and saw around 12 spikes. my old boss hunts that unit every year and they kill a couple spikes every year. head to bethel if you would like.....
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 09:01:27 PM »
I would try anything but a spike only GMU.  Those spike hunts are a zoo!

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012, 09:16:08 PM »
I would try anything but a spike only GMU.  Those spike hunts are a zoo!
you say that like its impossible to find a spike. if you are willing to put in the time its not that hard. I personally hunt westside because i dont want to shoot a spike but i dont rifle hunt. if i were to rifle hunt i would hunt spikes because westside rifle hunts are just as bad as eastside now adays and finding a legal bull is probably just as difficult as hunting a spike. :twocents:
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2012, 09:45:38 PM »
Not impossible to find spikes at all.  Rifle season on the westside is a zoo as well, but you have have more bulls to choose from versus just spike hunting.  That is where I am coming from. 

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2012, 09:51:55 PM »
Ok so i have been hutning elk for meybe 40 years now and have only gotten one bull and a few cows. Now that my son is hunting for three years without a shot opportunity I really need to help him get an elk. I have been thinking about a spike only gmu. But any help would work. :dunno:

3 years ain't nothing, I went 10 years in spike only units with out seeing a spike during season. Take him to a state with better OTC tags, or get drawn for a special hunt.  That's typical elk hunting in Washington. Lots of hunting, not a lot of getting.

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2012, 06:59:35 AM »
If it were me I would find an area I like get to know it very well and start putting in for special permits.

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2012, 02:06:43 PM »
Bumping is great if you like to walk a ton, awesome country but the best hunting is away from the roads in my opinion.

There are no elk in Bethel... And if there were it gets hammered with orange during modern.

Love both of those areas because less people the farther off the road you are.  The Bethel has elk you just have to find them and this past year there were quite a few.......nevermind there are no elk in the Bethel.

Lot of good areas have been proposed so decide what you want and get started, keep us posted with your decision. :tup:
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2012, 03:39:01 PM »
I agree with elkinrut.  I have been hunting elk 14 years and have gotten one cow and got my first spike last year.  I have seen spikes before but they were either to far or gave me the slip. A couple I just plan missed. And I know people that have hunted alot longer than me that haven't had very good success.  But its not all about the kill. Its more about the good times and getting away from everyday life. So only after 3 years of hunting you/he shouldn't be getting discouraged.  If that was the case I think alot of people that hunt elk in washington would of given up along time ago.

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2012, 09:44:47 PM »
Sounds like someone needs to take a backpacking trip in the bumping GMU and go scouting.  I killed my spike last year on the modern opening day in the bumping gmu. tons of elk running around everywhere with no people at all :tup:. There are also spikes in the bethel if you decide to hunt with the other 10,000 hunters during the modern
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2012, 09:51:33 PM »
I moved to WA six years ago. managed to fill tag every year either archery 2 times. Ml 2 times and rifle2 times

just spend time doing homework and scouting.

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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2012, 01:01:21 PM »
Just watch out on the true spike units.  a real short forked point behind a tree limb can ruin your day!
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2012, 03:48:47 PM »
Bumping Big NO! That unit isn't what it use to be! the logging has messed with them a little and from my experience their migration/movement habits have changed! Not saying they aren't there but not the choice area  :twocents:
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2012, 11:43:30 PM »
I moved to WA six years ago. managed to fill tag every year either archery 2 times. Ml 2 times and rifle2 times

just spend time doing homework and scouting.
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Re: 2012 elk season
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2012, 12:14:53 PM »
I moved to WA six years ago. managed to fill tag every year either archery 2 times. Ml 2 times and rifle2 times

just spend time doing homework and scouting.
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No kidding those are great results 6 for 6 and with 3 different weapons....great job   :tup:

 



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