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Title: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: netcoyote on September 04, 2017, 05:42:27 PM
Having been burned out of most of my favorite east side deer hunting locations, I decided to try something different and applied for a local solution and got a Hancock Kapowsin permit this year. I choked a bit at the price but figured I'd spend a lot more time in there instead of the extended scouting trips over to the east side.
The laugh was on me. No sooner than about a month after I secured the permit, Hancock shut down public access and still haven't opened it. Sure, I knew this was a risk, but....is this an unusual year or do they do this most every year and people just show up once the rains eventually start (hopefully) by hunting season?
Probably not going to risk this again another year. Screw me once.....
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: JBar on September 04, 2017, 05:46:59 PM
Pretty normal Net! It'll take some rain but usually get screwed through the first part of September. They close it during the elk season anyways. I'd bet it'll be open by the 18th or whenever early archery ends.
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Johnnysabieh on September 04, 2017, 05:56:13 PM
Screw me once...shame on me...screw me twice however...

Anyway, you should be fine as JBar said since it's closed during elk season.
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Thehowler on September 04, 2017, 09:24:34 PM
Yep, you've been had.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Duckslayer89 on September 04, 2017, 09:31:29 PM
I've been had as well. Sucks
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: iRem on September 04, 2017, 09:41:31 PM
This is my first time and knowing the risk was there. It's usually warm and at times it gets very hot this time of year. I'm hoping to get in this Friday if we get enough rain (probably not, wishful thinking). Last week of September and late season is what I'm banking on, should be good by than.
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: fishnfur on September 05, 2017, 12:01:47 AM
I suggest that next time you might want to consider archery hunting the westside during the modern firearm season.  Bucks are up and moving, and the commercial timberlands are open and wet.  Downside: way more hunters in the woods (or on the roads in most cases).
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Elkslayer89 on September 07, 2017, 02:45:36 PM
Yup closed every year for early won't see me buying that permit
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: trophyhunt on September 07, 2017, 02:54:24 PM
I feel bad for the guys that drew the archery elk permit and probably don't get to hunt one of the best tags in the state. 
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: fishnfur on September 07, 2017, 09:49:47 PM
Got dealt lemons?  Must be time to make lemonade!
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Milkman on September 08, 2017, 10:01:36 AM
I'm with ya...  bought a Hancock Enamclaw permit right when they went up for sale. Didn't read too much into it as a few buddies at work always buy it. I later find out u can't hunt elk in there.... :dunno:  Then find out there's only certain places I can camp.... uhhhh ok.  Annnnnd now this fire. Next year I'm out.  Waste of $
 :bash:
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Elkcollector82 on September 08, 2017, 10:18:41 AM
Gonna be crowded on state and national forest land  :bash:
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: Angry Perch on September 08, 2017, 11:10:13 AM
I have the Snoqualmie (Campbell) permit. It's a bummer that it's closed, but I look at the bright side, and figure nobody else is in there either. I also have a multi-season, which helps ease the pain. But it really sucks for bear, as by the time it's open, the berries are likely to be gone, and that's the only place I know where to find them!
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: justyhntr on September 08, 2017, 12:26:30 PM
I feel bad for the guys that drew the archery elk permit and probably don't get to hunt one of the best tags in the state.

In the past they have let the elk tag draws in even when it was closed to recreation for fire danger . Will be interesting to see what happens this year . 

Back to the OP , yes , this happens every year , last year they reopened on Sept. 1 and the year before was Aug. 29 , a few years ago they closed it for a week mid Sept. It sucks but for us it's still worth it . Reasonably close to home and lots of predators to chase in the winter and my rig has never been broke into . I have friends that cannot say the same for state land . 
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: jnordwell on October 02, 2017, 05:25:11 PM
Pretty normal Net! It'll take some rain but usually get screwed through the first part of September. They close it during the elk season anyways. I'd bet it'll be open by the 18th or whenever early archery ends.

My father in law says they are a bunch of anti bow hunting dumb asses
Title: Re: Did I get screwed on this Kapowsin Hancock permit?
Post by: JBar on October 02, 2017, 06:57:38 PM
I was referring to early archery elk. They did indeed open it after the archery elk season. IMO and not arguing with your FIL but if they were anti bowhunting they would have made antlerless deer off limits as they did with the rifle and muzzy permits. This year will most likely the last year I purchase the permit. They need to hand out an appropriate amount of elk tags, a measly two on the Eatonville side is a joke. Deer numbers and quality are way down from a few years ago, not sure why. Granted I can find the deer and have done well  but it is teetering on low value for high price. :twocents: