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Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:37:23 AM »
I need help from you elk gurus!  I've archery hunted the past few years, but have never really gotten into the elk much.  My first year, I missed a big bull, failing to use my range finder...grrr. That was the only elk I saw that season.  Last year, I made a really stupid mistake and used my wrong pin! That was the only elk I saw the entire season. The two years in between, I didn't see a single elk, except for a rag head that didn't offer a shot opportunity.

Anyway, it's time for me to schedule my vacation.  I need to give enough notice for staffing reasons.  I have two weeks vacation but will only be using one week. I hunt in the North East corner of the state.  Early Archery elk dates are Sept. 9-21st. If you had a choice, which dates would you take off, and why?  Which dates do you feel would allow the best opportunity for elk to be actively bugling and answering to cow call and bugling strategies?

Thank you everyone for any advice you're willing to give!!
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 10:51:24 AM »
I put in for the 15-22nd. Just in case I draw a permit. I will be there opening weekend to.

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 11:58:04 AM »
Take off September 4th - 10th. Spend all week scouting and pinning the elk down and kill one either the 9th or 10th.
Slap some bacon on a biscut and lets go, were burrnin daylight!

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 02:34:52 PM »
I'm headed out the 7th-17th. Couple days pre season to find em, and hopefully a day or two to get one.. If I'm that lucky, I'll spend the rest of my time looking for deer and bears, maybe a little fishing too.. Good luck man!

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 02:40:26 PM »
Always feel opening is the best.  Despite rut activity (Pre-rut can be good too) Other hunters will be pushing and pressuring opening day so why wait? So take few days before to set and scout and be ready for the open. :twocents: Besides in that country finding them is the real accomplishment right?
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 05:34:54 PM »
I'm always out opening day/ weekend ,  second week the elk are much more spooked and nocturnal.  In my area they head up to safety first few days up the ridge by 9 am . Second week they are up the ridge to bedding / safety well before light.  I always vote first week .

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2017, 05:40:58 PM »
It depends if the area you hunt gets pressured much. Where I typically hunt there is no pressure so I always go as late as possible, more rut activity

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 06:25:01 AM »
 Lots of great advice. Please keep it coming.
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2017, 10:23:55 AM »
Last year I hit the last week in eastern Oregon hard during the rut and it was one of the most fun I've had elk hunting. Lots of close encounters with love struck bulls. Never had a clear shot at one, but I could have literally slapped two different cows in the face. So this year I'm taking the last week off again.

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2017, 10:25:36 PM »
NE Corner gets tons of pressure.  Pros and cons to both.  Chance at less pressure early.  Better chance at this activity late.  In the NE Corner I would go early.  Idaho I would go late.

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2017, 07:11:59 PM »
I would focus on the last week of the season.  The opener is great and all but the elk have already heard every call available by the opener.  So I would shoot for the last week due to rut activity.  It varies every year but I think 2nd week will be better

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2017, 08:09:37 AM »
I would worry about hunt location more than specific dates if I were in your shoes. According to your post, you've only seen 3 elk in 4yrs of hunting. As far as dates go, your options are early with less pressured elk or the later during the rut. Its just what you prefer. You could split the vaca up and do a few days of both.

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2017, 10:49:39 AM »
I've seen more elk, a few large herds, but one was the day before season opener, one was spooked by 4 wheelers.
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2017, 10:59:59 AM »
Sounds to me like you should not go hunting and stay home and spend some time in the range
There's no reason to miss

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2017, 12:43:19 PM »
Sounds to me like you should not go hunting and stay home and spend some time in the range

My shooting accuracy is fine. My nerves are what got to me both times. I shoot almost every day, and will continue to do so.
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2017, 08:39:09 PM »
I'm tagging along! I only hunted a weekend last year for elk - seen nothing but I wasn't really scouting for them early in the year either. I got a eastern archery tag this year, and I'm teetering on going for it 100% or maybe putting it off until next year.

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2017, 06:38:50 PM »
Smoke a fatty before you go
There's no reason to miss

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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2017, 01:19:27 PM »
Smoke a fatty before you go

That might just work...lol
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2017, 11:03:22 AM »
What is your plan?
Are you going to backpack in or set up a basecamp?  Selkirks or 49deg?

Last year I solo hammock camped for the first time and it was pretty awesome. I spent four days in the mountains following opening weekend and only saw a few hunters during the weekdays.
Had a shot at a bull but couldn't get him back in after he winded me.

I am looking for an extended trip (7 days) this year so if you or anyone wants to tent/ hammock archery hunt message me.

I would rather have company this year after some wolves got in close to my setup on the last night.

Good luck on your scouting this year.   
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Re: Help me pick my vacation dates for archery season please!
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2017, 05:04:32 PM »
What is your plan?
Are you going to backpack in or set up a basecamp?  Selkirks or 49deg?

Last year I solo hammock camped for the first time and it was pretty awesome. I spent four days in the mountains following opening weekend and only saw a few hunters during the weekdays.
Had a shot at a bull but couldn't get him back in after he winded me.

I am looking for an extended trip (7 days) this year so if you or anyone wants to tent/ hammock archery hunt message me.

I would rather have company this year after some wolves got in close to my setup on the last night.

Good luck on your scouting this year.   
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Hunt camp will consist of my travel trailer. I'll either drive from camp and then hike, or I'll hike from camp. Most nights will be spent in camp, though I'll be prepared to spend a night or two on the mountain if needed.

I'm scouting both Selkirk and 49, to ensure I have options.  I'd like to have at least 3 different areas, in each unit, to choose from.  So far, my scouting has been in Selkirk, in two different areas. I plan to continue scouting Selkirk, on my days off for the next few weeks.  Then I'll add some scouting trips across the river. Might even get some scouting in even further north, into 111.

I rifle hunted throughout 113, 124 and 117 years ago.  I stopped hunting about 20 years ago and only recently took up archery hunting. I've only archery hunted for about 5 years, and my elk hunting has been limited to a very small area of 113. This year, I plan to at least have other areas scouted out, to expand my options. 
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