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Cowiche ?
« on: May 09, 2017, 01:14:39 PM »
Would someone be willing to give me some information on the Cowiche unit? Such as terrain type, timbered or open country, steep or semi steep or fairly flat, how about road densities. I am thinking about applying for the bull tag there and at my age I am through crawling into the watershed and wenaha type areas. I hunt mostly alone and need to hunt someplace where I can get an elk to a road in a reasonable amount of time. I have 20 some points for the bull tag so this will likely be my last draw hunt if I am successful in pulling the tag. Maybe there is another unit I should be looking at I am not to familiar with the east side only having hunted it one time in the east wenaha in 2012
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 02:46:51 PM »
The eastern side of the unit is sage brush steps (high desert) that slowly build up to the edge of the Cascades. Once into the mountains the forests are mostly pine with some fur and others mixed in. The more open parts of the unit are in the transition between sage and pine forest. There is access via Cowiche Mill Rd. though there is a lot of private land out there. A more popular way to get into the mountains is by way of Ahtanum rd that splits (at the edge of the mountains) into North and South Fork rd.  Both of those are great for access and equally popular with hunters. I know a guy who has drawn that tag twice and he said it was easy to tag out and pack out. Road densities could be on the high end. I'm usually only out in Cowiche for late archery elk and the density then is fairly high. If you want more open areas I'd take N. Fork Road then go up what is locally known as the "switch backs" which is/was a green dot road leading up into the mountains. I'll try to look up that road and get back to you with specifics. Once higher up on that road, there is a lot of more open country that could be great for rifle season. Pretty sure my buddy got both his bulls up that road.

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 03:22:25 PM »
The eastern side of the unit is sage brush steps (high desert) that slowly build up to the edge of the Cascades. Once into the mountains the forests are mostly pine with some fur and others mixed in. The more open parts of the unit are in the transition between sage and pine forest. There is access via Cowiche Mill Rd. though there is a lot of private land out there. A more popular way to get into the mountains is by way of Ahtanum rd that splits (at the edge of the mountains) into North and South Fork rd.  Both of those are great for access and equally popular with hunters. I know a guy who has drawn that tag twice and he said it was easy to tag out and pack out. Road densities could be on the high end. I'm usually only out in Cowiche for late archery elk and the density then is fairly high. If you want more open areas I'd take N. Fork Road then go up what is locally known as the "switch backs" which is/was a green dot road leading up into the mountains. I'll try to look up that road and get back to you with specifics. Once higher up on that road, there is a lot of more open country that could be great for rifle season. Pretty sure my buddy got both his bulls up that road.
There is no access on cowiche Mill road as of now. Landowner gated it off to public access. I called wdfw and they said he CAN legally do that. as far as the switchbacks, I'm assuming you mean *censored*, which will lead into some great land. As well as the road before it, nasty creek.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 04:01:48 PM »
The eastern side of the unit is sage brush steps (high desert) that slowly build up to the edge of the Cascades. Once into the mountains the forests are mostly pine with some fur and others mixed in. The more open parts of the unit are in the transition between sage and pine forest. There is access via Cowiche Mill Rd. though there is a lot of private land out there. A more popular way to get into the mountains is by way of Ahtanum rd that splits (at the edge of the mountains) into North and South Fork rd.  Both of those are great for access and equally popular with hunters. I know a guy who has drawn that tag twice and he said it was easy to tag out and pack out. Road densities could be on the high end. I'm usually only out in Cowiche for late archery elk and the density then is fairly high. If you want more open areas I'd take N. Fork Road then go up what is locally known as the "switch backs" which is/was a green dot road leading up into the mountains. I'll try to look up that road and get back to you with specifics. Once higher up on that road, there is a lot of more open country that could be great for rifle season. Pretty sure my buddy got both his bulls up that road.
There is no access on cowiche Mill road as of now. Landowner gated it off to public access. I called wdfw and they said he CAN legally do that. as far as the switchbacks, I'm assuming you mean *censored*, which will lead into some great land. As well as the road before it, nasty creek.

Whoa! That sucks. I went up a ways back but had to turn around because I thought I'd get stuck. Never got to the gate. Are you talking about the gate a few miles past the cattle guard? I thought there was a public easement on that road. If there was an easement we could enforce it in court if we had to. Damn.

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 07:28:36 PM »
The eastern side of the unit is sage brush steps (high desert) that slowly build up to the edge of the Cascades. Once into the mountains the forests are mostly pine with some fur and others mixed in. The more open parts of the unit are in the transition between sage and pine forest. There is access via Cowiche Mill Rd. though there is a lot of private land out there. A more popular way to get into the mountains is by way of Ahtanum rd that splits (at the edge of the mountains) into North and South Fork rd.  Both of those are great for access and equally popular with hunters. I know a guy who has drawn that tag twice and he said it was easy to tag out and pack out. Road densities could be on the high end. I'm usually only out in Cowiche for late archery elk and the density then is fairly high. If you want more open areas I'd take N. Fork Road then go up what is locally known as the "switch backs" which is/was a green dot road leading up into the mountains. I'll try to look up that road and get back to you with specifics. Once higher up on that road, there is a lot of more open country that could be great for rifle season. Pretty sure my buddy got both his bulls up that road.
There is no access on cowiche Mill road as of now. Landowner gated it off to public access. I called wdfw and they said he CAN legally do that. as far as the switchbacks, I'm assuming you mean *censored*, which will lead into some great land. As well as the road before it, nasty creek.

Whoa! That sucks. I went up a ways back but had to turn around because I thought I'd get stuck. Never got to the gate. Are you talking about the gate a few miles past the cattle guard? I thought there was a public easement on that road. If there was an easement we could enforce it in court if we had to. Damn.
the cattle guard right at the power line past cowiche ranches. wdfw said the green dot road doesn't start until the state land past the vanwycks land.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 07:41:11 PM »
here i will try to sum up the Cowiche unit that produces game.

EVER WATCH THE MOVIE DELIVERANCE?There it is.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 07:00:56 AM »
here i will try to sum up the Cowiche unit that produces game.

EVER WATCH THE MOVIE DELIVERANCE?There it is.


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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 08:48:25 AM »
here i will try to sum up the Cowiche unit that produces game.

EVER WATCH THE MOVIE DELIVERANCE?There it is.

Too many stories like this have kept me from applying. I've got a ton of points too, not that points really matter. Search cowiche unit on here and you'll find some good reading on @$&hole land owners who think they own the entire unit.

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 11:27:45 AM »
here i will try to sum up the Cowiche unit that produces game.

EVER WATCH THE MOVIE DELIVERANCE?There it is.

 :chuckle:

There are no doubt a few families out that way that live a particular kind of lifestyle!

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 09:24:30 PM »
wolves and grizz everywhere.... no elk

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 03:31:01 PM »
wolves and grizz everywhere.... no elk

I have spent a long time in cowiche  wolves yes but grizz...... come on lol maybe a plant from the res went for a run but it wouldn't last long if there even was one 

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 02:30:48 PM »
My favorite area to hunt is Cowiche

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2017, 05:03:59 PM »
My favorite area to hunt is Cowiche
the unit or this area they are talking about?the unit is awesome but not so much in this neighborhood being talked about.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2017, 05:45:52 PM »
Cowiche isn't too bad. Lots of roads. Some closed by *censored*s as previously mentioned. Some nice timber, a fee steep and deep pockets. Sage brush that gently rolls. The occasional drop off. Watch for those.

Myself and BugleBuster live pretty close to there. If you draw and get need help dragging send me a pm here.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2017, 06:47:04 PM »
wolves and grizz everywhere.... no elk

I have spent a long time in cowiche  wolves yes but grizz...... come on lol maybe a plant from the res went for a run but it wouldn't last long if there even was one
if you can show me a confirmed picture of a wolf in cowiche I'll buy you lunch
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2017, 07:07:18 PM »
wolves and grizz everywhere.... no elk

I have spent a long time in cowiche  wolves yes but grizz...... come on lol maybe a plant from the res went for a run but it wouldn't last long if there even was one
if you can show me a confirmed picture of a wolf in cowiche I'll buy you lunch
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2017, 09:40:59 PM »
wolves and grizz everywhere.... no elk

I have spent a long time in cowiche  wolves yes but grizz...... come on lol maybe a plant from the res went for a run but it wouldn't last long if there even was one
if you can show me a confirmed picture of a wolf in cowiche I'll buy you lunch
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2017, 09:45:47 PM »
were all still waiting.you want in on this lunch to bugle?
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2017, 09:24:01 AM »
Why not post this alleged pic of a wolf in Cowiche Unit right here? I am doubtful.

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2017, 10:39:20 AM »
Why not post this alleged pic of a wolf in Cowiche Unit right here? I am doubtful.
:yeah:

If you show a photo, I'd buy that a wolf could wander into the unit occasionally, but I took the comment about wolves and bears as tongue-in-cheek, especially given the comment about hardly any elk.  I've heard what I'm pretty sure are wolf howls in the Rimrock unit not far from the border with Cowiche, but I think I'd have to call BS on the claim there's an established pack in the area.

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2017, 02:07:49 PM »
Why not post this alleged pic of a wolf in Cowiche Unit right here? I am doubtful.
:yeah:

If you show a photo, I'd buy that a wolf could wander into the unit occasionally, but I took the comment about wolves and bears as tongue-in-cheek, especially given the comment about hardly any elk.  I've heard what I'm pretty sure are wolf howls in the Rimrock unit not far from the border with Cowiche, but I think I'd have to call BS on the claim there's an established pack in the area.

Yea it's been long enough, I'm calling BS.
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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2017, 05:52:01 PM »
Here's your pic and yes I'm sure it's cause they are traveling back and fourth from rim rock

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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2017, 05:53:58 PM »
Why not post this alleged pic of a wolf in Cowiche Unit right here? I am doubtful.
:yeah:

If you show a photo, I'd buy that a wolf could wander into the unit occasionally, but I took the comment about wolves and bears as tongue-in-cheek, especially given the comment about hardly any elk.  I've heard what I'm pretty sure are wolf howls in the Rimrock unit not far from the border with Cowiche, but I think I'd have to call BS on the claim there's an established pack in the area.

Did I ever say established pack??..... No
Wander in and out yes absolutely
Does it affect animals in area absolutely

Not sure why people are so surprised

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Re: Cowiche ?
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2017, 06:07:49 PM »
@millerwheeler Thanks Man! I thought it was all puffery but I'm glad you posted the pic. Now I am gonna argue that it's not a wolf   :chuckle:

Can you tell me generally where this was taken? I've been in these units for 20 years never seen any sign but didn't discount it altogether.

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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2017, 06:20:36 PM »
@millerwheeler Thanks Man! I thought it was all puffery but I'm glad you posted the pic. Now I am gonna argue that it's not a wolf   :chuckle:

Can you tell me generally where this was taken? I've been in these units for 20 years never seen any sign but didn't discount it altogether.

Back side of dome peak close to the border  of rim rock unit

 

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