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Regardless of which gear you buy, getting it dried out every night in the backcountry is critical or you're putting on wet gear every morning.....   :twocents:
how are you getting your rain gear dry? i think ive accomplished this maybe 10% of the time...
I use my tipi with stove for the late October and November hunts where I know heavy rain and snow are expected.   
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Bear Hunting / Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Last post by Duckhunter14 on Today at 09:48:46 AM »
Dandy boar! Nice work. Great write up too. Thanks for sharing.
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Regardless of which gear you buy, getting it dried out every night in the backcountry is critical or you're putting on wet gear every morning.....   :twocents:
how are you getting your rain gear dry? i think ive accomplished this maybe 10% of the time...
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Elk Hunting / Re: Road washouts??
« Last post by Macs B on Today at 09:47:59 AM »
I imagine this weeks storm has had a pretty good impact on the roads.  Chinook pass was closed this weekend for snow.  HW was closed between Morton and Elbe due to slides.  Probably a good deal more than that across the mountain range
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Deer Hunting / Re: Multi season permits, good or bad?
« Last post by Blacktail Sniper on Today at 09:47:35 AM »
I also enjoy the extra time in the field, don't f up a good thing. If you don't like it don't buy it

Used to be everyone got the extra time in the field if they wanted it. And at no cost. We'd hunt early archery, switch to modern season, then do late muzzy season or archery again. Then management decided it would be better for the herds to divide hunting up by area and weapon so there wouldn't be so many hunters in the field at one time.  Recently the Dept decided to slip hunting multiple weapons back in but at a price.  It was pretty limited at first, but they have gradually been expanding it. This was done to have another way to extract money from hunters. By keeping it limited and a draw, they created buzz and want and could charge a pretty hefty fee for the privilege most states allow over the counter for much cheaper if any extra cost. Now that they have a demand built up, they have gradually been increasing the number of multi season tags. Testing the market I'd call it. Seeing how many the can sell at current prices. Since this is for making money, (It certainly isn't for management purposes) they only have three options if they want to make more money. They either increase the price of a multi season tag, or they sell more multi season tags, or both. They are doing it gradually to maximize the money. I suspect if hunter numbers drop, they will raise prices and increase the number of multi season tags to make up for falling revenue. The problem being, by increasing costs (along with the increasing cost to gain access) they are gradually making it too expensive for new hunters to join the ranks so revenue will keep dropping and they will have to keep looking for more money streams. They may eventually go to over the counter for multi season tags. Then we will have a situation where we had something, they took it away and created a market for it, then brought it back at a price.

It's already a push for me to hunt out of State as a non resident or hunt here as a resident.  Idaho license and tag for deer? $456.50, muzzy permit $20, archey permit $20 Total..... $496.50. If I want to hunt all seasons but with a modern season that goes from Oct 10-Dec 1, I really don't feel the need to hunt with a bow or Muzzy there. There is lots of public land to hunt. Washington deer? license and tag $44.90, Access fee $250,  multi season tag $139.10. Total $434.

So for $62.50 more, if I hunt all weapons or 22.50 more if I don't, I can hunt Idaho with way more game and way more access and longer more flexible seasons, and have a lot more chance at a trophy sized animal if that's what I want.  I save on gas hunting there too as I do a lot less driving. Usually pick a spot and set up a camp and hunt the surrounding area. Here I do a lot more driving around. As an added bonus, In Idaho I can drive the roads and some trails on my Quad. I don't even pull it out of the garage when hunting locally here. I sometimes take it with me when I hunt the NE corner in the late season.  To be honest, it's more enjoyable hunting in Idaho. Less hunters and pressure. At least where I hunt.

The more I hunt in Idaho, the less money I spend here. And that's the way I'm leaning now.

Been hunting here since 1976, and it has not been free to switch between seasons since I started hunting. 

True, there was just a deer or elk tag, but it was modern firearm by default.  If you wanted to hunt archery or black powder, you had to buy a "bow and arrow permit" or a "muzzleloading rifle permit" which were, in 1977 - $6.00 each, which was $1.00 more than a deer tag....
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Trail Cameras / Re: Who you look'un at?
« Last post by lee on Today at 09:47:03 AM »
Nice pics Lee

Get any pictures of Cats or Wolves?

Hi,.... Never got a cat or wolve,...... Lot's deer and elk and the occasional bear,... also a few Yotes.

Lee
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Deer Hunting / Re: Multi season permits, good or bad?
« Last post by Macs B on Today at 09:45:58 AM »
I believe you should be able to hunt all weapons east and west with the purchase of a simple big game tag. 
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Deer Hunting / Re: Multi season permits, good or bad?
« Last post by Buzz2401 on Today at 09:45:27 AM »
I like them but I don't like the crazy price they are charging and I really don't like the way they are selling the leftovers.  Make people put in the money for it ahead of time then if they draw they are committed.  No selling leftovers in the way they do it now.  We do need better predator control for sure but our elk herds on the east side are doing well and Mule deer populations are down across the country.  Until they figure out how to stop hoof rot the westside is gonna be in poor shape for elk.
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Deer Hunting / Re: Notched My Multi-Season Tag This Mornin'
« Last post by DOUBLELUNG on Today at 09:44:58 AM »
Pretty buck, looks like a great eater!  I hate those long searches, glad yours ended on a high note.  I've had enough kill shots that never left a drop of blood, even on snow.  Way to persevere.
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Deer Hunting / Re: Multi season permits, good or bad?
« Last post by blackveltbowhunter on Today at 09:44:17 AM »
I skewed the poll and don"t know how to change it. I voted yes, because my reading comprehension skills were rusty this am. I am in favor of keeping the Multi as is. With possible minor tweaks.

I agree with Sitka at times it seems we are boiling frogs. However I like to have options, and the multi gives us those options. It all depends on your priorities. And priorities can change from year to year. I know of guys who buy multiple private passes a year, plus multi season, and shoot a spike buck and are happy as can be. Other guys may do the same because they want the opportunity to chase big blacktails and we are one of the few states where that is possible. Other guys look at it and think its crazy. Myself, I chose to get a multi last year for permit options, and it payed off. This year I chose to apply my money elsewhere and selected a rifle tag hunting  public land keeping my cost as low as possible in state. Putting that money toward out of state tags and additional hunts.   
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