collapse

Author Topic: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)  (Read 597 times)

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« on: September 08, 2017, 01:38:22 PM »
Very new to hunting. First hunt was last weekend for mourning dove in Moses Lake. I only was able to get 4 shots off due to low bird counts in the areas we were. My mentor told me it was the worst opening weekend he had ever seen. Being anxious to build my experience level I am hoping to find some areas that are closer to my location instead of driving several hours to do the same thing. From what I have read, it is wise to pick an area and learn it. I am just looking for the right area(s) to spend my time learning that is also good for a novice. I plan on using my shotgun (although I am looking at .22LR on the side), and only have plans on going after bird this season and looking to possibly do some spring turkey if I can prepare for that as well. Some rabbit would be nice, if the opportunity presents itself. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Offline bobcat

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 34530
  • Location: Rochester
    • robert68
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 01:51:58 PM »
There's really only one option in Thurston county, and that's Capitol State Forest. All you will need is a $35 Discover pass. Another option since you're in Yelm, would be the National Forest lands off highway 7, between Elbe and Morton. I believe that would mostly involve parking at gates and hiking in.

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 02:02:10 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I will check into those areas. Morton is pretty close when you compare to Moses Lake.

Offline DOUBLELUNG

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 4786
  • Location: Wenatchee
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 02:45:46 PM »
Also check out the Cowlitz Wildlife Area, headquartered in Morton.  There are several units along the Cowlitz valley, from Randall down to the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 02:52:00 PM »
I should have thought of that considering I work for Tacoma Power.,,, :bash:

Offline Mudman

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2012
  • Posts: 4246
  • Location: Valley of Rocks!
  • Go Hawks!
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 02:54:18 PM »
Walk the reprod roads off of Scott Turner rd out of Eatonville for rabbit!
Drain The Swamp!!!

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 02:55:21 PM »
I know that area a bit. We use the gravel pits out there occasionally.

Offline Mudman

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2012
  • Posts: 4246
  • Location: Valley of Rocks!
  • Go Hawks!
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 02:58:36 PM »
Cool, darn rabbits run in front of my bow one year back there. :chuckle:  Quite a few of em in there.
Drain The Swamp!!!

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 02:58:42 PM »
What do you mean by reprod?

Online Blacktail Sniper

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2009
  • Posts: 4662
  • Location: Rochester, Washington
  • Kill'em all...let the gravy sort'em out!!!
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 03:09:03 PM »
What do you mean by reprod?

Young trees.  Generally firs in that awkward teenage stage...bigger than small saplings, but not yet grown to adult, merchantable sized timber.

 :chuckle:
It is better to be consistently incorrect than inconsistently correct...

Sarcasm: The ability to insult stupid people without them realizing it. 

My level of sarcasm depends on your level of stupidity...

Sarcasm makes smart people laugh and stupid people mad.

Offline spddmn6

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2017
  • Posts: 18
  • Location: Yelm, WA
    • N/A
  • Groups: None yet
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 03:27:14 PM »
What do you mean by reprod?

Young trees.  Generally firs in that awkward teenage stage...bigger than small saplings, but not yet grown to adult, merchantable sized timber.

 :chuckle:

Thanks, good to know.

Offline DOUBLELUNG

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 4786
  • Location: Wenatchee
Re: Places to hunt/scout small game (near Thurston county)
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 03:28:49 PM »
I should have thought of that considering I work for Tacoma Power.,,, :bash:
:tup:
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

 

* Recent Topics

Newbie reloading question by Jolten
[Today at 09:11:37 AM]


WTS 28 gauge Stevens model 550/555 by cem3434
[Today at 09:11:26 AM]


Bigshooter and Trapperguy22 NE WA Turkey Hunt 2018 by Bigshooter
[Today at 09:06:42 AM]


exposed to elements by Skyvalhunter
[Today at 09:03:05 AM]


Bad Outfitters and what did you do? by Hoythunter
[Today at 09:01:33 AM]


ladder test results, advice needed by lokidog
[Today at 08:59:42 AM]


Blues bull by Skyvalhunter
[Today at 08:55:48 AM]


Rock Shoot-Moses Lake by Machias
[Today at 08:39:49 AM]


WTS Vortex Vultures,Diamondbacks,Winston 8 wt, Lamson Remix by coyote_out
[Today at 08:38:18 AM]


Dont try this sturgeon fishing. by dc
[Today at 08:32:29 AM]


50 cal Knight Bighorn by jackelope
[Today at 08:24:25 AM]


WTS Savage weather warrior 7mm/Nikon Prostaff 5 by spoonman
[Today at 08:14:09 AM]


Turkey season 2018 by scotrobe
[Today at 08:10:43 AM]


Who wanted the 22/250 brass and ammo? by h20hunter
[Today at 08:05:20 AM]


FS/FT: Bear Recurve Bows by Goose Noose
[Today at 07:58:54 AM]


When should you consider “all hope is lost?” by SCRUBS
[Today at 07:47:27 AM]


Dont Educate Em by ctwiggs1
[Today at 07:13:07 AM]


No more animals, can't draw a tag and the world is ending by nwwanderer
[Today at 06:41:09 AM]


Alaska in October by asmith
[Today at 03:31:45 AM]


Bullet Molds For Sale by Cowboy15
[Today at 12:17:25 AM]