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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2017, 09:07:06 PM »
so whats everyones experience hunting near a burn? Does it push animals to you or just muck everything up?

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2017, 11:09:33 PM »
Really interesting thread to read. Having hunted part of that unit and seeing the number of points so often required to pull a tag, I can see the quandry some might find themselves in.. I can also see the side of HOLDING those tags.

Glad to see the state being proactive on this
Sorry to see you tagholders having to go through this..
Hopefully you all find a way to get outside and make some memories!
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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2017, 12:35:47 AM »
Pretty sure I'm turning in my Peaches Ridge archery bull tag. Almost all the area I've scouted is closed.

Sorry to hear that Ken.  I know you were more than ready for a tough guy elk hunt in that awesome unit :bash:

Thanks Brian, I'm feeling pretty good about it. I had my heart set on a wilderness backpack hunt, so I'm going to save my points and try again. I can still hunt cows and spikes, plus my hunting partner is keeping his bull tag, so I'm going to do my best to call a bull in for him.
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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2017, 04:27:23 AM »
I am keeping my Quality Teanaway Bull tag   

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2017, 08:11:03 AM »
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Just read today that most of the roads on the west end of 336 are now closed.

No idea where you read that, but no roads have been closed in 336....yet.   Pretty much the whole "Eastern" half of 335 Teanaway yes, but not 336 Taneum.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2017, 09:27:31 AM »
This is purely anecdotal, but I think the smoke is messing with animals and their activity patterns. Just drove between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, and saw two coyotes running around just off the interstate. Right after that, two 4x4 mulies were feeding less than a hundred yards off 90. Seemed odd for the heat and time of day. Could be a silver lining to these fires.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2017, 09:49:26 AM »
This is purely anecdotal, but I think the smoke is messing with animals and their activity patterns. Just drove between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, and saw two coyotes running around just off the interstate. Right after that, two 4x4 mulies were feeding less than a hundred yards off 90. Seemed odd for the heat and time of day. Could be a silver lining to these fires.

 Silver lining, as in the animals are safe or that the fires have made the animals easier to hunt?
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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2017, 10:01:10 AM »
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Just read today that most of the roads on the west end of 336 are now closed.

No idea where you read that, but no roads have been closed in 336....yet.   Pretty much the whole "Eastern" half of 335 Teanaway yes, but not 336 Taneum.

I followed a link from inciweb.
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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2017, 10:16:37 AM »
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Just read today that most of the roads on the west end of 336 are now closed.

No idea where you read that, but no roads have been closed in 336....yet.   Pretty much the whole "Eastern" half of 335 Teanaway yes, but not 336 Taneum.

I followed a link from inciweb.

Aren't the closed roads in the Stampede unit, and not Taneum?

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #34 on: September 08, 2017, 10:19:40 AM »
This is purely anecdotal, but I think the smoke is messing with animals and their activity patterns. Just drove between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, and saw two coyotes running around just off the interstate. Right after that, two 4x4 mulies were feeding less than a hundred yards off 90. Seemed odd for the heat and time of day. Could be a silver lining to these fires.
Both I guess?  :chuckle:
 Silver lining, as in the animals are safe or that the fires have made the animals easier to hunt?

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #35 on: September 08, 2017, 11:59:57 AM »
To everyone wondering about the smoke and their hunting areas, check this out:

http://www.lar.wsu.edu/airpact/gmap/ap5/ap5smoke.html

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #36 on: September 08, 2017, 12:51:23 PM »
That's the coolest smoke map ever. Thanks for posting!

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #37 on: September 08, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
Just mailed my Peaches Quality Archer permit back. Very Depressed with the fire situation, but feeling good about keeping my 13 points. Maybe next year will work out better. I did get some great bulls on my game camera.

 I want to thank WDFW for giving us this option, it's not their fault the fires are screwing up these hunts.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #38 on: September 08, 2017, 02:12:54 PM »
Just mailed my Peaches Quality Archer permit back. Very Depressed with the fire situation, but feeling good about keeping my 13 points. Maybe next year will work out better. I did get some great bulls on my game camera.

 I want to thank WDFW for giving us this option, it's not their fault the fires are screwing up these hunts.

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Man, tough call.  I don't envy your situation.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #39 on: September 08, 2017, 02:22:29 PM »
Just mailed my Peaches Quality Archer permit back. Very Depressed with the fire situation, but feeling good about keeping my 13 points. Maybe next year will work out better. I did get some great bulls on my game camera.

 I want to thank WDFW for giving us this option, it's not their fault the fires are screwing up these hunts.

Bugman

Man, tough call.  I don't envy your situation.
:yeah:

I don't see how the Peaches area could be anything but dense smoke, even if you did come in another way besides Little Naches.  At least you get to keep your points (and your healthy lungs).

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2017, 04:34:10 PM »


I think if the GMU is shut down they should give you the permit the following year.  Points just put you back in the black hole.

 

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #41 on: September 08, 2017, 04:37:08 PM »
Well I made the tough decision to turn in my tag as well. Always next year right?  :chuckle:

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #42 on: September 08, 2017, 04:46:45 PM »


I think if the GMU is shut down they should give you the permit the following year.  Points just put you back in the black hole.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2017, 05:51:51 PM »
I sure hope some of you are keeping your tags and plan on hunting the season. The year of the Nile slide I was in the 346 during deer season when it was a ghost town and the elk were everywhere. I wish I had a tag because there is still plenty of good ground open if you can handle the smoke and the elk are sure to be concentrated in the ground that's not burning.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #44 on: September 08, 2017, 05:53:28 PM »
I sure hope some of you are keeping your tags and plan on hunting the season. The year of the Nile slide I was in the 346 during deer season when it was a ghost town and the elk were everywhere. I wish I had a tag because there is still plenty of good ground open if you can handle the smoke and the elk are sure to be concentrated in the ground that's not burning.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #45 on: September 08, 2017, 05:59:56 PM »
I sure hope some of you are keeping your tags and plan on hunting the season. The year of the Nile slide I was in the 346 during deer season when it was a ghost town and the elk were everywhere. I wish I had a tag because there is still plenty of good ground open if you can handle the smoke and the elk are sure to be concentrated in the ground that's not burning.
I hope you kill a stud Stein so all these guys who turned their tags in can cry in their beers!
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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #46 on: September 09, 2017, 09:37:24 AM »
I'm in a much different boat in that my hunt doesn't start until Oct 23.  Archery guys had herds located and bulls on a list whereas I was basically scouting areas that looked promising post rut, not looking for elk at all.

The fire very well could be still going at some level, but I don't expect the access to be nearly as bad and hopefully the smoke has settled a bunch as well.  Several really good dudes here have helped me think through what plan B looks like and I have spent many hours desk scouting and should get at least one scouting trip in before the season starts.

I have no idea how the fire will change it up, my guess is that the food in the burn is pretty much gone.  One question I have is what the fringe areas between the burn and not burn look like and how much of the growth was actually burned out?  One longshot would be to use the burn area to hike into previously gnarly areas that were too thick before.  That assumes the bigger trees are still intact and not going to create a huge safety risk.

The way the fire burned, I would be reservedly excited to be in 653 as it may have pushed a ton of animals up over the PCT and into that unit.

Who knows, only one way to find out.  I do know that area will rock in 2-3 years for all big game.  Should be a total game changer in some of those drainages if you end up being able to see further than 10 yards in any direction.

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Re: WDFW RESTORING POINTS??
« Reply #47 on: September 09, 2017, 10:55:42 PM »
Stein did you receive the email for Any Bull rifle yet?

 

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