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Offline CLARKTAR

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2017, 07:30:59 PM »
I haven't heard a squeak since the rain on Friday night. All the elk seemed to vanish that I knew about also. Back to square one

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2017, 03:48:37 PM »
Between morning and evening, I sat through five hours of bulls screaming bloody murder on Saturday on public land.  My buddy had to walk down a ridge after dark on Saturday night to help me pack meat, and he was all bent out of shape upon arrival because he had to walk for two miles with bulls screaming from the canyons on both sides of the ridge.  Over the course of the day I saw a few big bulls with harems of 6-12 cows and calves, and one group of 50+ head with a HUGE herd bull.  I also saw big bulls solo, and quiet.  If you didn't hear anything over the weekend, you may not have been around many elk.

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2017, 07:33:04 PM »
Bugled in a 6 point with 30 cows yesterday. East side. Wish I had a quality tag instead of spike only...  :yike:

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2017, 07:35:21 PM »
Chukarhead , you hunting east or west ? I almost sealed the deal on a nice 5x5 today thanks to the dropping snow level but couldn't quite make it happen :( . Other than that I've seen spikes and cows and haven't heard a peep hear in sw Washington!
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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2017, 08:38:49 PM »
Chukarhead , you hunting east or west ? I almost sealed the deal on a nice 5x5 today thanks to the dropping snow level but couldn't quite make it happen :( . Other than that I've seen spikes and cows and haven't heard a peep hear in sw Washington!

East this year.   :tup:

My buddy hunted upper Winston and Lewis River and had plenty of bugling, too, so it wasn't just an eastern thing.  It's a bull density thing.  Lots of bulls, lots of bugling.

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2017, 07:42:45 PM »
We hunted the east side of lewis river unit. Not a peep. Did call in a bull but alas we needed two more steps to clear for a shot and he did not comply. No shot. Really snowed heavy last night and today. The bull responded quietly to cow calls. Not alot of sign either. Not sure whats up with the elk numbers in the area we hunt.

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Re: Opening weekend elk talk ?
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2017, 04:53:03 PM »
Just spent Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Friday hunting the west side. Weyerhauser property with lots of elk. We saw bulls and cow and killed a bull. One other close call.  I did not hear a single bugle and was in the woods from dark to dark except for today.

 

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