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Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:51:13 AM »
Well, time to start the threads.  I drew 1 of 110 available EF Peaches tags.  Post here if you want to share information or join in on the fun.  I intend to hit this one hard starting today.

I'm also planning on loading up on shrimp, crab and salmon to give away to some friendly and knowledgeable people.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 10:10:41 PM by Stein »

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 08:46:09 AM »
Wow, congrats on a great tag Stein!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 08:48:47 AM »
congrats and good luck  :tup:
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 09:00:36 AM »
Congrats.  Wish I could help, but I know little about Peaches.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 09:02:23 AM »
Stein.  Pm me, I may know of a place.  Ha ha
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 09:21:18 AM »
I'm drew that one, too. Gonna have to burn some shoe leather this summer sicne I haven't been back into that area in years - been hunting the Blues. Looking forward to getting back there, it's some beautiful country. If anyone is willing to share a little wisdom it would certainly be appreciated, though!  ;)

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 09:32:21 AM »
CONGRATS !!! PM me info is FREE !!!
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 10:07:01 AM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 10:15:46 AM »
Thanks everyone, I honestly though I had zero chance, so I'm behind the curve.  I'll be doing the normal shuffle:

1.  Buy maps - I know next to nothing about the area but am decent at desktop scouting to at least get it narrowed down to a few focus areas.
2.  Get in shape - off to good start, just walked a 30 mile fundraiser with 50#, need to add hills, but it won't be an issue
3.  Scouting - I don't know how many trips I can pull, but will be shooting for weekends
4.  Talk to other people, compare notes and take advantage of the great community here 

Fortunately, I'm set with gear, so all my energy and money will go into scouting trips  I might need to pick up a spotting scope, but we'll see if that is a need or a want after I get eyes on the ground.

I am also fortunate in the vacation department, so I can have 2-3 days pre opener and the entire season if necessary.

I'm super jacked, I never thought I would have a chance like this with only 7 points.  My biggest bull was a large 4x4 (should have been a 5x5 but he never grew the second points), so knowing what is at least possible has me pumped up.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 01:30:09 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.

336 looks mostly private and checkerboard (maybe, my other map shows a bunch of public?), so that will be easier to get a couple of scouting spots lined up.  346 looks almost endless, I'll have to put some time into that one.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 07:09:20 PM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!




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Re: Peaches
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 07:16:04 PM »
I just puked a little bit in my mouth with the 7 point thing but congrats and kill a monster!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 07:41:21 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 08:02:24 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck

Scroll down to the 5th post and you'll find the file.  Totally easy.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=202757.0

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2017, 08:04:21 PM »
I just puked a little bit in my mouth with the 7 point thing but congrats and kill a monster!
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Yeah, I had such high hopes I didn't even remember what unit I put in for and had to go look it up.  I figured I would start paying attention when I got to double digit points.

This is only the second tag I have drawn, ever.  First was a completely lame cow hunt and now this.  My daughter is usually the lucky one, but I certainly had the lucky hand this year.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2017, 09:13:15 PM »
Cross #1 off the list, I bought BLM and the Sheriff's office map plus printed the GMU map from WDFW.  I also have the GMU boundaries on Google Earth.  That should get me started at least.
How do you get gmu boundaries on google earth? Congrats drawing a tag :tup: Good luck

Scroll down to the 5th post and you'll find the file.  Totally easy.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?topic=202757.0
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2017, 07:30:50 AM »
PM me I can send you in the right direction !
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2017, 06:24:52 PM »
Congrats! My hunting partners and I also drew Peaches Any Bull, modern firearm. Two seperate parties and we were all drawn! And my cousins drew Goose Prairie. That's 8 Any Bull tags in camp! Could not be more pumped! Now to find where the monsters are hiding!

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2017, 08:59:58 PM »
7 points, ha! Congrats on a great tag! It's big country and you have a great chance at finding a monster.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2017, 09:22:27 PM »
I was able to draw the Muzzy tag with 9 points.  Want to do a wilderness hunt.  If anyone had done this hunt, I would love to pick your brain.  Good luck to all, no matter what you drew.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2017, 10:19:24 PM »
Well, more help than I expected, thanks to all who replied.  I will get back to those that offered help, but I need to do some work myself so I at least know what questions to ask.

I'm using onXmaps for desk scouting and it wasn't too bad to slice and dice the two areas.  Man, there are a ton of trails around there and many are high traffic.  That makes things a bit easier even though there are not many truly remote areas.

At this point, I had considered several general logistical plans for the hunt.  It will likely be a solo hunt unless something changes.

1.  Base camp at either a campsite, town or public land in my wall tent with day trips into a scouted area.
2.  Mobile camp in the back of my truck.  This allows big moves mid-hunt easily and is the best way to cover the most area.
3.  Living out of the ruck, leaving the truck at the trailhead or wall tent.

I won't know for sure until I get several scouting trips in, but #3 is clearly in the lead.  My preference is 3, 1 then 2, but conditions will dictate.  I'm looking for an epic hunting experience.

One thing I haven't pondered in my relatively short hunting career is what I will be happy shooting?  In the past, if it was legal I shot it.  I did pass a couple of true dink antelope last year, but they were so small it wasn't much of a decision.  I don't want to get ahead of myself, but right now my thought is a simple mature 6x6 would be awesome. 

I'm equally excited about the camping/backpacking as I really don't get much of an excuse to do either of these with normal family and job responsibilities.  I did a ton of both growing up in Montana, but not so much since.  This gives me the perfect reason to block of 10 + days and really enjoy the experience.

My delusion of not needing gear is getting corrected, I remember that I need a better set of game bags and likely a spotting scope.  Checking ElkNut's site, it looks like I need to save $600 - $1,000 plus a tripod.  That's a big investment that I might not use much in the future, but we'll see how necessary it is during the scouting trips.

The good news is the unit is only a bit over 2 hours from my house, so I should have good opportunities this summer.

Finally, I have a good training plan starting to take shape.  I am into Goruck events and they are about perfect for getting me into hunting shape.  Seattle has a big event in September, a great peaking event that gives me just enough time to recover and then hit it hard.  I have one other event mid-July and then it will be ruck focused training with as many hills as I can come up with.

I'm basically using the David Goggins plan (check him out if you don't know who he is) - "I chose the path of most resistance - talent not required."  I'm not a great elk hunter, but I am willing and able to outwork most and love to learn.  I believe that will be enough to at least make a great experience.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2017, 10:25:40 PM »
Epic = Base camp, and maybe invite a couple huntwa guys for the first couple days too or to scout the two days before the season.     Lotsa guys willing to help to piggyback on your adventure which is a good thing for all. 

I'll be helping buddies in the Goose.  Good Luck !

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2017, 10:31:26 PM »
My buddy drew a couple years ago and the one scouting trip I went on there was minimal use for my spotting scope lots of timber but like I said only went once.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2017, 10:33:49 PM »
I'd be thinking about how you're going to get a bull packed out. Especially if you're going solo. Easy to hike 5-10 miles in by yourself, but if you shoot something how are you going to ge it out?  Just something to keep in mind as you're scouting and hunting. 

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Spotting scope is nice if you really want to inspect the horns but not really necessary for finding elk.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2017, 04:29:18 PM »
@Stein, another idea is to try a tripod for your binos.  taking that movement out of them really reduces (not eliminate) the spotting scope.  Maybe easier on the budget if you have to choose. 
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2017, 04:52:49 PM »
I have a set of 12x50's and they are awesome on the tripod.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2017, 07:07:22 PM »
I was able to draw the Muzzy tag with 9 points.  Want to do a wilderness hunt.  If anyone had done this hunt, I would love to pick your brain.  Good luck to all, no matter what you drew.
with that tag u don't need to go i to the wildernes to get a 330+ bull but a
good true wilderness hunt that u can get the meat out fast enough with out horses: start at cement basin.  u get there by east bound hw 410 about 10min after u reach the summit of Chinook Pass and start to descend on the left hand side you'll see a blue sign "bear Gap" take that left follow that road as far as you can and hike straight up the hill fastest way to get there is just a bust brush beeline straight up. then u will see cement basin on your GPS or map. head that way.  on the way and a few miles past it up will find lots of good places to hunt. some times u will be competing with the Outfitters and guides but from my experience I've had them treat me with respect. About 13 years ago who i think was Chinook Pass Outfitters was up there with a few clients and they were very nice and respectful even gave us a few pointers.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2017, 06:46:21 PM »
Hey guys. I've been hunting the 346 since I was a kid, but for whatever reason have never headed over to Norse Peak. I guess you tend to stay in the areas you know. But this is my first time drawing an Any Bull tag in Peaches, so I am wondering what people's opinion is regarding the Wilderness area. Do you reckon the chances of a decent bull are better by going deep into the Wilderness area? Or stick to the areas I already know? I should note, I'm not a road hunter. I go deep and hunt my tail off, but I don't want to waste this tag and I don't seem to come across the big boys in the areas I go. I've seen there are some outfitters that do drop camps, which I am contemplating. But just wanted to hear from others who have spent time in Norse Peak. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2017, 09:29:03 PM »
I did a drop camp in Norse peak last year for the peaches bull tag. Found no elk in a week where we were. Came out and  Shot a bull first day out in an area I actually hunt.... would've been a lot cheaper and more comfortable to go with what we knew  all along.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2017, 11:09:23 PM »
Thanks for the insight deerlick - I wondered if that might be the case. I am thinking maybe sticking to where I know and perhaps throwing a spike camp in Norse Peak for a night or two? I imagine the reason people are successful in Norse Peak is because they know it already, like I know the area I stick to.

I guess I'm just concerned because I am normally targeting spikes, so I'm not sure where the monsters are hiding!  :dunno:

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2017, 09:56:40 PM »
I was able to draw the Muzzy tag with 9 points.  Want to do a wilderness hunt.  If anyone had done this hunt, I would love to pick your brain.  Good luck to all, no matter what you drew.
with that tag u don't need to go i to the wildernes to get a 330+ bull but a
good true wilderness hunt that u can get the meat out fast enough with out horses: start at cement basin.  u get there by east bound hw 410 about 10min after u reach the summit of Chinook Pass and start to descend on the left hand side you'll see a blue sign "bear Gap" take that left follow that road as far as you can and hike straight up the hill fastest way to get there is just a bust brush beeline straight up. then u will see cement basin on your GPS or map. head that way.  on the way and a few miles past it up will find lots of good places to hunt. some times u will be competing with the Outfitters and guides but from my experience I've had them treat me with respect. About 13 years ago who i think was Chinook Pass Outfitters was up there with a few clients and they were very nice and respectful even gave us a few pointers.

Thanks Scoutdog.  Weighing the options of outfitting it.  While the area look small on the map, those ridges and valleys are steep.  I know it is not necessary, but I just want the backcountry experience, derelict is correct, you certainly don't need to go into the backcountry for the hunt to be successful.
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Re: Peaches
« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2017, 10:10:15 PM »
Well, I got my first shipment of maps in the mail today and got a nice start on the desk scouting.  I have a primary large area to dice up as well as three secondary smaller areas.  There are some discrepancies in state lands, so I need to at least keep that in mind if I end up hunting a distant plan C.

Now, I need to figure out when I can get in there after the snow melts as well as two other questions.  Are any of the roads closed during the hunting season (should be easy enough to find) which could open up new areas to look at?  Second, how much snow am I likely to run into during the hunt which could close off some areas due to inaccessibility.  I should be able to find at least averages which will let me know how likely I am to run into accessibility troubles.

I guess a third question would be where the animals go if we end up with heavy, early snow.  I plan on talking to the bio about this one just in case.  I'm used to hunting in late October, but not in this part of the state or at the specific elevation, so the conditions might be totally different.

I'm also thinking about camping spots for day trips vs multi-day bivy camping.  When I head over to scout I will check out both established camps as well as NF areas that would be in a good spot for dry camping.

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2017, 09:23:52 AM »
Quick update in case anyone is interested.

Since I have two GMUs to chose from, I wanted to compare the two units in terms of how many people have tags earlier in the season than I (and 109 of my closest hunting partners) have.  I guess it summarizes the difference between the quality permit and the bull permit.

In the unit I am focusing on, there are about 160 permits issued for dates before mine (archery quality, modern quality, youth muzzy, 65+ muzzy and disabled quality).  Even with that pressure, there is a 45% success rate for my tag with 78% of them shooting a 5+ point bull.  So, they certainly are there to find and it isn't just the locals knowing where they honey holes are.

In my research, it became clear that the mature bulls are:

a) not likely to be in the same area they are during summer scouting or the rut season
b) probably not going to be with the cows and immature bulls
c) are likely to be in spots that offer the most protection (cover or geography) - they have survived several hunting seasons

That's probably pretty basic stuff to most, but this is my first hunt where I will be doing a true spot and stalk on mature bulls.  My previous experience was with cow tags, or during the general season where I found success finding places the other hunters will run the elk into five seconds after legal hours.

The maps all arrived except for one or two and I have what I need.  There are some interesting discrepancies in state land, but in areas I'm not interested in so I don't have to research further.  I'm using a combination of paper maps, Onyx and Google Earth and after about 10 hours of work have a pretty good feel for the land.  I also have my list of trailheads and established campsites to scout as well.  I will also spend some time looking at NF land for a wall tent basecamp.

Using that, I wanted to find as many spots as possible that fit the bill.  I found one primary spot and am working on finalizing a few others.  Of course, what makes them attractive potential areas is the fact they suck at getting to by both boot and saddle.  Depending on what I find and where I end up on opening morning, I might need to line up a few potential packers.

I also penciled out the entire summer and fall on the calendar as well as opening days for the earlier seasons.  My goal is to get in there during other seasons to see where the common areas for drop camps and pressure will be and use that to finalize my plan (knowing it will be somewhat different for the later seasons).  Ideally, I will be able to observe a few escape routes as well as check my primary areas for sign from past seasons.  Both of my kids have expressed interest in some backpacking trips, so I hope to include them in one or more scouting trips.

Finally, my idea of buying no new gear is running into snags.  Depending on the outcome of the first few scouting trips, a spotter will probably be necessary as well as a new stove and filter.  I managed to pick up a new headlamp on clearance as well as trekking poles at Costco.  I'm also considering a tripod and bino adapter even if I don't need a spotter but need to do some research as my budget will likely be about $100 for a tripod and I know nothing about them.

My next step is to finalize target areas and then finalize my first two scouting trips to check them out and get a first-hand feeling for the unit.  From there, I'll modify as necessary and do it again followed by in-season scouting and then the hunt.  On the side, I need to finalize my plan for my doe tag and see if I can find a youth season for my daughter that doesn't overlap my permit season - I'm really hoping I can get her out for at least a weekend this year. 

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2017, 09:49:43 AM »
We're interested! Keep it coming and good luck.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2017, 11:00:08 AM »
Hey guys. I've been hunting the 346 since I was a kid, but for whatever reason have never headed over to Norse Peak. I guess you tend to stay in the areas you know. But this is my first time drawing an Any Bull tag in Peaches, so I am wondering what people's opinion is regarding the Wilderness area. Do you reckon the chances of a decent bull are better by going deep into the Wilderness area? Or stick to the areas I already know? I should note, I'm not a road hunter. I go deep and hunt my tail off, but I don't want to waste this tag and I don't seem to come across the big boys in the areas I go. I've seen there are some outfitters that do drop camps, which I am contemplating. But just wanted to hear from others who have spent time in Norse Peak. Thanks in advance.
Norse peek is very good. the only thing is u will be competing with people with horses and it's hard to get the meat out b4 it spoils.  I don't think u need to go to the wilderness with a quality bull tag in 346.  there is way more food down low and u don't have to cover so much area on foot. another good thing about the low lands is if u spook elk down low u can get in ur truck and drive to a different area.  it seem to me that in the wilderness areas if u soon elk in the wilderness they run very far and go to the next bowl or next Canyon over and that makes it hard to stay on them.

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2017, 11:06:28 AM »
Quick update in case anyone is interested.

Since I have two GMUs to chose from, I wanted to compare the two units in terms of how many people have tags earlier in the season than I (and 109 of my closest hunting partners) have.  I guess it summarizes the difference between the quality permit and the bull permit.

In the unit I am focusing on, there are about 160 permits issued for dates before mine (archery quality, modern quality, youth muzzy, 65+ muzzy and disabled quality).  Even with that pressure, there is a 45% success rate for my tag with 78% of them shooting a 5+ point bull.  So, they certainly are there to find and it isn't just the locals knowing where they honey holes are.

In my research, it became clear that the mature bulls are:

a) not likely to be in the same area they are during summer scouting or the rut season
b) probably not going to be with the cows and immature bulls
c) are likely to be in spots that offer the most protection (cover or geography) - they have survived several hunting seasons

That's probably pretty basic stuff to most, but this is my first hunt where I will be doing a true spot and stalk on mature bulls.  My previous experience was with cow tags, or during the general season where I found success finding places the other hunters will run the elk into five seconds after legal hours.

The maps all arrived except for one or two and I have what I need.  There are some interesting discrepancies in state land, but in areas I'm not interested in so I don't have to research further.  I'm using a combination of paper maps, Onyx and Google Earth and after about 10 hours of work have a pretty good feel for the land.  I also have my list of trailheads and established campsites to scout as well.  I will also spend some time looking at NF land for a wall tent basecamp.

Using that, I wanted to find as many spots as possible that fit the bill.  I found one primary spot and am working on finalizing a few others.  Of course, what makes them attractive potential areas is the fact they suck at getting to by both boot and saddle.  Depending on what I find and where I end up on opening morning, I might need to line up a few potential packers.

I also penciled out the entire summer and fall on the calendar as well as opening days for the earlier seasons.  My goal is to get in there during other seasons to see where the common areas for drop camps and pressure will be and use that to finalize my plan (knowing it will be somewhat different for the later seasons).  Ideally, I will be able to observe a few escape routes as well as check my primary areas for sign from past seasons.  Both of my kids have expressed interest in some backpacking trips, so I hope to include them in one or more scouting trips.

Finally, my idea of buying no new gear is running into snags.  Depending on the outcome of the first few scouting trips, a spotter will probably be necessary as well as a new stove and filter.  I managed to pick up a new headlamp on clearance as well as trekking poles at Costco.  I'm also considering a tripod and bino adapter even if I don't need a spotter but need to do some research as my budget will likely be about $100 for a tripod and I know nothing about them.

My next step is to finalize target areas and then finalize my first two scouting trips to check them out and get a first-hand feeling for the unit.  From there, I'll modify as necessary and do it again followed by in-season scouting and then the hunt.  On the side, I need to finalize my plan for my doe tag and see if I can find a youth season for my daughter that doesn't overlap my permit season - I'm really hoping I can get her out for at least a weekend this year.
ur goING to see elk all over 346 b4 ur tag let's u hunt.  just like the permit is: it's a bull tag so I would take the 1st bull u see over 250" it's not a quality and yes it get hit hard.  u said u have the moder firearm bull tag that's right b4 the gen. modern season right?  it's a good tag.  good luck.

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2017, 11:38:20 AM »
Yep, modern bull tag.

I haven't needed to field judge elk before, so all six points fall into three categories: real spindly, nice and huge.  I'm hoping for one in the nice to huge category, but I haven't ruled out shooting the first 6x6 I see.  I will definitely pass anything under 6 unless I am on my last day.

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2017, 09:57:04 PM »
I wonder if WDFW not giving as many cow tags out this year IN GMU 346 will make that bull tag better due to less blood, guts and booms going off in the woods. many the Bulls will be a little less cautious?

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2017, 05:05:50 AM »
Or with the additional pressure push them back and make them more cautious

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2017, 09:17:04 AM »
I'm enjoying the thread. I drew the archery permit, and have been in the area before calling for other people who have drawn the tag. Shoot me a PM if you'd like. I'll be up there tomorrow and through the weekend. I'd be happy to chat with you especially after my season. I second the comment about running binos on the tripod. If you're not doing score evaluation, you'll do better glassing with a good 12 or 15x bino on a tripod. It's a game changer. I'll be going up throughout the 2 units throughout summer. Maybe we can meet up one of the weekends you're heading in too. I'll be hunting solo, but have some mules or goats on call to help me out if need be. It's gorgeous country and a fun hunt regardless of success.  :tup:

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2017, 09:34:52 AM »
Cool, thanks.  I hadn't thought about the higher power bino option.


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Re: Peaches
« Reply #41 on: July 02, 2017, 05:12:19 PM »
I was able to draw the Muzzy tag with 9 points.  Want to do a wilderness hunt.  If anyone had done this hunt, I would love to pick your brain.  Good luck to all, no matter what you drew.
with that tag u don't need to go i to the wildernes to get a 330+ bull but a
good true wilderness hunt that u can get the meat out fast enough with out horses: start at cement basin.  u get there by east bound hw 410 about 10min after u reach the summit of Chinook Pass and start to descend on the left hand side you'll see a blue sign "bear Gap" take that left follow that road as far as you can and hike straight up the hill fastest way to get there is just a bust brush beeline straight up. then u will see cement basin on your GPS or map. head that way.  on the way and a few miles past it up will find lots of good places to hunt. some times u will be competing with the Outfitters and guides but from my experience I've had them treat me with respect. About 13 years ago who i think was Chinook Pass Outfitters was up there with a few clients and they were very nice and respectful even gave us a few pointers.

Thanks Scoutdog.  Weighing the options of outfitting it.  While the area look small on the map, those ridges and valleys are steep.  I know it is not necessary, but I just want the backcountry experience, derelict is correct, you certainly don't need to go into the backcountry for the hunt to be successful.
go up fifes ridge and hit some of them clear cuts on the right hand side goig up. 

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #42 on: July 02, 2017, 05:15:36 PM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!




Sweet
i think thats the best tag in wa.  nice job! 

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #43 on: July 03, 2017, 06:28:45 AM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!




Sweet
i think thats the best tag in wa.  nice job!
Thanks! I will be hitting it hard scouting mid August all the way up to the hunt.

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Re: Peaches
« Reply #44 on: July 03, 2017, 02:29:13 PM »
Congrats!! I was lucky enough to draw the sept. 25-29 for peaches!




Sweet
i think thats the best tag in wa.  nice job!
Thanks! I will be hitting it hard scouting mid August all the way up to the hunt.
ur not going tonhave a problim getting a bull ur only problim will be know how big of a bull u should hold out for.  get to know what size is up there so u know what to hold out for. PM me and ill tell u where my honey hole is. 

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #45 on: July 04, 2017, 08:33:38 AM »
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I drew 1 of 110 available EF Peaches tags

I'm still confused what tag you drew....
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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #46 on: July 04, 2017, 11:06:07 AM »
Well, this has been informative. I have one of the 33 Muzzy tags. Have been up a couple times already and am getting ready to hit it again this "weekend".

Gringo, I think the 110 EF Peaches tags are the "bull" tags that are for the firearms season that allow them to shoot a bull. it was a bull tag, not a Quality tag this year. I know the archery season had a similar tag.
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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #47 on: July 04, 2017, 01:10:10 PM »
I didn't know that many tags were given for draw during general...
 :tup:

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Re: Peaches - Planning through the hunt
« Reply #48 on: July 04, 2017, 05:13:19 PM »
GUScottie, congrats!  I drew the same tag.  I'll be heading over to put boots to the ground in a couple weeks.  Can't wait to finally put my desktop scouting to use! 

 

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