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Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« on: December 16, 2017, 09:11:11 PM »
I am moving to Kettle Falls, WA in the summer and am looking for new hunting areas. Got some deer spots lined out from previous years hunting here but I have heard that elk are in the area.. I know people are particular about their spots. But hoping someone may guide me in a direction to go to find them??

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 09:37:05 PM »
ya there's a few scattered around but it's a tough hunt, probably some of the toughest elk hunting in the state unless you know someone with a hay field full of elk.  It's small herds that don't talk much and got wolves chasing them around.  Hit the colville national forest and walk past locked gates look for tracks and hang cameras in cedar draws.  They change areas frequently blowing out of a drainage when wolves move in or seasonal changes like early rut and *poof* back to square 1

On the PO they've been hit even harder by wolves, hunted there year before last and found a lot of bone piles in my old elk areas.  Deer have been smacked hard.  Still some elk around if you can get access to lower areas where wolves don't come down as much.

Ferry and Stevens CO's are following PO counties now with wolves, I'm seeing them in new areas all the time now where I hadn't before.


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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 09:38:33 PM »
Pretty much the biggest kept secret.  Goodluck

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 09:40:27 PM »
Pretty much the biggest kept secret.  Goodluck

 :yeah:   even neighbors don't share that secret   :chuckle:
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 09:42:45 PM »
Pretty much the biggest kept secret.  Goodluck

 :yeah:   even neighbors don't share that secret   :chuckle:

I'd venture to guess that it's not even shared with family in some cases.  :chuckle:

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2017, 06:28:46 AM »
Spend a lot of time hunting deer and spring turkey and you may start finding elk sign. That's how we found them.
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2017, 04:38:30 PM »
Hey I appreciate all the responses and I totally get it. Heard they are a big secret around here and have known some people to shoot some big bulls around here. So I am guessing no one is willing to shoot an idea of northern, eastern, southern, central, or western. Etc?

Also, heard there are mule deer in Stevens too?

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 12:33:10 PM »
Stevens has muleys on the peaks, but its mostly thick brush in that county and hard to hunt them.  As far as elk goes, there are small bands scattered in every direction from KF, when you put your time in, you'll find them. 
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2017, 10:55:59 AM »
Stevens county has some of the most underrated mule deer hunting in the state IMO. As far as elk KFhunter hit in on the nose I think. Itís gonna be steep and thick too. Eastern Washington elk hunting is not on the map for a reason. Haha. Small herds and constantly on the move. We look for old clear cuts that are miles deep behind closed gates. Hard to find but they exist. Not sure if you archery hunt, but itís hard to find a bull that will rip one off in September. Not sure if itís the wolves or just lack of total elk, probably both. But they just donít talk much here. What paid off for us was hiking where others wouldnít. Even then we couldnít get shots off on a couple bulls and cows inside of 40 because the thick brush. Lots of beautiful country but sure is tough to hunt. My experiences are the same as others after talking to other guys who have killed elk up in that corner of the state, they all say it means nothing for next year. The elk are always changing and moving. I am sure there are guys who disagree with that tho. Just our experiences. Good luck!


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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2017, 04:18:06 PM »
Stevens county has some of the most underrated mule deer hunting in the state IMO. As far as elk KFhunter hit in on the nose I think. Itís gonna be steep and thick too. Eastern Washington elk hunting is not on the map for a reason. Haha. Small herds and constantly on the move. We look for old clear cuts that are miles deep behind closed gates. Hard to find but they exist. Not sure if you archery hunt, but itís hard to find a bull that will rip one off in September. Not sure if itís the wolves or just lack of total elk, probably both. But they just donít talk much here. What paid off for us was hiking where others wouldnít. Even then we couldnít get shots off on a couple bulls and cows inside of 40 because the thick brush. Lots of beautiful country but sure is tough to hunt. My experiences are the same as others after talking to other guys who have killed elk up in that corner of the state, they all say it means nothing for next year. The elk are always changing and moving. I am sure there are guys who disagree with that tho. Just our experiences. Good luck!


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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2017, 09:03:57 PM »

If you can hunt Elk in NE/WA you can hunt them anywhere  :tup:

Shouldn't that read: If you can find Elk in NE/WA you can hunt them anywhere

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2017, 10:08:59 PM »
Prolly so, finding them is easier than hunting them  :chuckle:
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2017, 11:58:27 AM »
Have seen 5 total Elk in Stevens county during the Spring while Turkey hunting. All were on private land on the East side of hiway 395. Elk are in there thatís for sure just have to find them. A land owner we know over there gave permission to a kid a few years and he shot a 6x6 in the Alfalfa field


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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2017, 12:21:23 PM »
My buddy and I sent 40 or so head running when I buzzed them a 50' in his Cessna 170 earlier this month in Stevens county.  They definitely are there.

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2017, 12:45:46 PM »
I know where they are usually at, but living there for almost 17 years and finding out after 5 years from friends, my lips are sealed.
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2017, 11:43:27 AM »
I've seen a few cows in the hills around Sullivan Lake near Ione

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2017, 02:07:11 PM »
Elk are few and far between. You have a better chance at seeing moose in that area.

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2017, 02:13:31 PM »
I'd venture to guess that it's not even shared with family in some cases.  :chuckle:

I'd venture you're right!  :chuckle:
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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2018, 09:54:57 AM »
Well thanks to everyone and what they have to offer to this discussion post! I am moving there in the summer and plan on really putting in some effort! I love backpacking and going places no others like to go, so should be a great adventure! If anyone over there wants to get together to hunt and animals hit me up on Instagram or Facebook.

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2018, 10:07:35 AM »
Well I will tell you that elk hunting in the NE part of the state is a hush hush topic kind of like the high hunt

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2018, 01:19:33 PM »
What do you mean about the high hunt? The high hunt over there or in general? Feel like the high hunt is pretty well known about. So I am wondering what you mean?

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2018, 01:27:39 PM »
No in general the high hunt areas are tight lipped and the elk areas in NE WA are extremely tight lipped by the people that hunt them.

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2018, 02:26:44 PM »
My buddy and I sent 40 or so head running when I buzzed them a 50' in his Cessna 170 earlier this month in Stevens county.  They definitely are there.

Incredibly stupid thing to do this time of year IMO.   :sry:

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2018, 02:28:21 PM »
Well thanks to everyone and what they have to offer to this discussion post! I am moving there in the summer and plan on really putting in some effort! I love backpacking and going places no others like to go, so should be a great adventure! If anyone over there wants to get together to hunt and animals hit me up on Instagram or Facebook.

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Re: Elk Hunting in Ferry, Stevens, or Pend Oreille Counties
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 09:04:35 PM »
My buddy and I sent 40 or so head running when I buzzed them a 50' in his Cessna 170 earlier this month in Stevens county.  They definitely are there.

Incredibly stupid thing to do this time of year IMO.   :sry:

Would you prefer we land on them?  You've got to clear the runway somehow, hitting an elk with an airplane would be incredibly stupid anytime of year.

 

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