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Bethel big bull tag
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:44:06 AM »
My young son drew a modern big bull tag in the Bethel unit this year. Not his first choice. Was wondering if anyone has any thoughts where to hunt. He is super excited. He loves to hunt. Was thinking of going into the Rattlesnake up high depending on the weather. We hunted the Peaches last year only saw 7 elk. Any info would help.





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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 09:20:55 AM »
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017, 01:54:32 PM »
I think the Rattlesnake drainage is in the Bumping unit.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 02:36:37 PM »
Welcome to the site.

Your son drew a great tag.   Should be a great elk hunt.
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 02:59:58 PM »
Rattlesnake is the boundary line

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 04:49:47 PM »
there is a few small rag horns in the feed station area right now that come out at night.  I bet if u were to follow them back to there beds that's where they will be for the 1st 2 or 3 days (in and arou d their bedding area) but other then that u won't have a problem filling that tag if u r willing to take 240"-270".it's a good hunt.  u will have to work very hard for a 300+ and still might not get it done. little natches is 1/2 the unit when it comes to Elk hunting just to pit it I  respective just my opinion though I could be completely wrong

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 07:39:38 PM »
Good luck to your boy on the hunt. I've never hunted the unit so I have no advice


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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 08:17:18 PM »
First off the little rattlesnake drainage and the left side of the rattlesnake drainage are in the bethel unit...  Hunting as high as you can get while staying on the east side of the 1500 road is a good bet.  You may want to drop down into the little rattlesnake and get up high in that road system too.  Just be willing to get into the nasty dark timber and you will find something.  Bethel is a great unit, you'll love it.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 08:31:36 PM »
What a great tag to draw! Can't wait for the story! :IBCOOL:
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 09:09:15 PM »
 :yeah: nice bulls in there. I've taken and been apart of some nice bulls taken out of there.
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 06:45:29 AM »
First off the little rattlesnake drainage and the left side of the rattlesnake drainage are in the bethel unit...  Hunting as high as you can get while staying on the east side of the 1500 road is a good bet.  You may want to drop down into the little rattlesnake and get up high in that road system too.  Just be willing to get into the nasty dark timber and you will find something.  Bethel is a great unit, you'll love it.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 08:41:49 AM »
Nice tag to have, just remember these bulls will have had Quality Archery, Quality Muzzle loader, and Quality Rifle Bull hunters ahead of you. I don't think I would lay off any branched bull if your son has a good shot. There are a few 300"+  bulls in the Bethel Unit, but  the bulk of what you see will be rag horns and if lucky a nice 250" - 280" 6X6. The places already suggested would be a great place to find a bull, there are no shortage of roads to move around either.

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I had the Bethel Quality Bull rifle tag last year, saw lots of bulls that would be shooters with your sons tag.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2017, 07:04:48 PM »
Thanks for the info will be a great hunt I hunted peaches last year let me know if I can help anyone with info

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2017, 07:52:19 PM »
LOTS of guys on the 1500  and within a few hundred yards on either side. Especially on the weekends.  Road hunters and guys hunting out of camp. Not too many venture out too far  Get in deep and thick in the rattlesnake drainage and you'll see some elk.  They're in there. Lots of country to be alone in down there.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 08:47:06 PM »
I'm up in this unit every deer and elk season for modern.

There are alot of good bulls in there.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2017, 05:46:55 AM »
LOTS of guys on the 1500  and within a few hundred yards on either side. Especially on the weekends.  Road hunters and guys hunting out of camp. Not too many venture out too far  Get in deep and thick in the rattlesnake drainage and you'll see some elk.  They're in there. Lots of country to be alone in down there.

Are you talking deer hunters? No general season for archery elk so I am hoping it won't be REAL busy.
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 08:51:21 AM »
My friend got drawn for this tag as well, Im gonna be camp cook & pack mule...

I'm planning to hunt area with my general tag during muzzy season to get a little more familiar with it...BTW I will be using a bow...

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2017, 08:53:39 AM »
LOTS of guys on the 1500  and within a few hundred yards on either side. Especially on the weekends.  Road hunters and guys hunting out of camp. Not too many venture out too far  Get in deep and thick in the rattlesnake drainage and you'll see some elk.  They're in there. Lots of country to be alone in down there.

Are you talking deer hunters? No general season for archery elk so I am hoping it won't be REAL busy.

Modern Elk hunters.  OP stated they had the Modern bull tag. 

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2017, 09:27:57 AM »
LOTS of guys on the 1500  and within a few hundred yards on either side. Especially on the weekends.  Road hunters and guys hunting out of camp. Not too many venture out too far  Get in deep and thick in the rattlesnake drainage and you'll see some elk.  They're in there. Lots of country to be alone in down there.
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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2017, 09:50:42 AM »
When the OP listed the Rattlesnake I didn't know he meant the Little Rattlesnake.  I have the Goose Prairie permit and have been studying some areas on the GoHunt site and getting to know the boundaries.  Like the Bethel Ridge Road separates the Nile and Bumping from Bethel.  But what are boundaries but lines on a map.

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Re: Bethel big bull tag
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2017, 07:13:12 PM »
Keep up the good info for the youngster!  :tup:

 

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