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Title: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: LyonKing on April 05, 2017, 04:53:16 PM
I drew spring bear for GMU 121. I have never been there and I am looking for some advice on:

1.)Dates (I was thinking of going around the last weekend of April, is this to early?)
2.) Any suggested "Hunny hole" locations that I should be looking at?
3.) ATV/Motorcycle - I have access to both, but are they necessary? I like to get back deep and hike a ton but don't want to be hiking if "Mr. Renthals" is going to be  going through rhythm sections close by all the time

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as this will be my first time bear hunting.

Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: buglebuster on April 05, 2017, 05:28:30 PM
Welcome to the forum, and good luck
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 06, 2017, 08:16:34 AM
1)  Nope, not too early
2) Lots of bears in the public land areas north and south of Springdale/Hunters Road
3) Can be handy, but in that area, getting in deep is only getting you closer to another road. 
4) Take a predator call, very effective in the spring.  Do some research on calling bears, a little different than calling yotes.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CoyoteCowboy on April 11, 2017, 08:49:56 PM
Welcome to the forum. Some tips.

Don't sight in your rifle, you won't be using it. Just grab a huge cooler, fill it with beer, tow it and your RV around logging roads.

Stop when you need a cool one, unload the ATVs and motorcycles, and rip around a bit. Don't worry about noise. Bears love that stuff. Also, they like the casino. Be sure to spend some quality time there too.

Sleep in, wear denim (or other cotton), rip elk bugles for sport, get cheeto cheese all over your lifted truck u just bought from NW Motorsports.

 If you see one closer than 1000yds pass it up. I only poke em past 1000... I leave the close ones for the bow/arrow boys.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: TRD1911 on April 11, 2017, 11:26:17 PM
 :chuckle:

Im just here to see where this goes
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: hollymaster on April 11, 2017, 11:39:16 PM
:chuckle:

Im just here to see where this goes
:yeah: :chuckle:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: jkononen on April 12, 2017, 06:41:57 AM
Tell em the bone sent ya
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: buckcanyonlodge on April 12, 2017, 06:49:36 AM
Gonna be late this year. Went up to one of my leases Sunday and nothing growing very much at 2500-3000 ft. Usually  at this time of year the bear grass is growing pretty good and I'll see bear sign..  Nothing on Sunday.   We had to bust through snow drifts on the roads on north slopes.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Peterb on April 13, 2017, 03:04:06 PM
I also got this tag with my sister. My uncle lives in rice and I was wondering if anyone has hunted that  area before?
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Firedogg on April 13, 2017, 10:31:15 PM
Hang out at one of the taverns in Colville or Chewelah and listen for someone bitching about bear knocking their trash cans all over.

Brother in law is in the area and so far no sign of bear, either on cameras or in the snow he still has on the ground.  Ohhh, and a lot of the roads are washed out over flowing creeks.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: dscubame on April 13, 2017, 11:08:45 PM
Oh my
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 14, 2017, 03:38:32 AM
I think season will unfold as a normal year with a May green up, the snow is leaving very fast now but access will be muddier than usual and be careful about washouts. A lot of hunters will likely get stuck in soft and/or washed out roads, it will be a good spring for the tow companies. I would not try to go bear hunting until sometime in May.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 14, 2017, 10:42:43 AM
I would not try to go bear hunting until sometime in May.

We can't help ourselves!!!  We HAVE to go!!   :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: tlbradford on April 14, 2017, 11:03:59 AM
I think season will unfold as a normal year with a May green up, the snow is leaving very fast now but access will be muddier than usual and be careful about washouts. A lot of hunters will likely get stuck in soft and/or washed out roads, it will be a good spring for the tow companies. I would not try to go bear hunting until sometime in May.

Roger.  Winch on order.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on April 18, 2017, 02:10:49 PM
I have been poking around since I drew this tag too. It's way soft and the roads are in bad shape. There is a lot of snow in the shadows and elevation yet. Be super cautious about slides. The roads are sliding all over.

As of now  I've not seen a turd or track...but I'd bet any day now they will be out in full force. The grass in the burn is barely showing and mostly moss.

I'd expect the 2nd and 3rd weeks of may to be when they start to knock them dead.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 18, 2017, 03:06:45 PM
As of now  I've not seen a turd or track...but I'd bet any day now they will be out in full force.

Same here!!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 18, 2017, 03:11:46 PM
I saw 1 good sized bear track Sunday at low elevation.

I think season will unfold as a normal year with a May green up, the snow is leaving very fast now but access will be muddier than usual and be careful about washouts. A lot of hunters will likely get stuck in soft and/or washed out roads, it will be a good spring for the tow companies. I would not try to go bear hunting until sometime in May.

Roger.  Winch on order.

I used quads most of the weekend to avoid getting stuck, one of my guides got stuck so bad yesterday a truck couldn't pull him out, he had to get a tractor. Per my prediction, I saw this dude stuck on opening morning, he called the wrecker, that must have sucked, had to snap a photo for this topic, all this getting stuck was at very low elevations too!   :yike:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Timberstalker on April 18, 2017, 03:13:47 PM
That guy obviously doesn't know how to drive.  Dodges don't get stuck.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 18, 2017, 03:15:46 PM
That guy obviously doesn't know how to drive.  Dodges don't get stuck.

Obviously that's what he thought!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Timberstalker on April 18, 2017, 03:16:21 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 18, 2017, 03:31:02 PM
I have never seen it so muddy here, record flows in the Colville River for about 1 month now!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 18, 2017, 03:57:18 PM
Wow!!  And it keeps on raining!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on April 18, 2017, 04:13:27 PM
I don't know how it is on your end Dale, but on the southern end.....roads are sluffing everywhere and some serious slides are just a coin toss away. I won't have my kids with me in the truck up there for a while.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: tlbradford on April 18, 2017, 09:40:29 PM
I haven't even bothered to try heading up yet.  I don't know if the rain will ever let up.  It's been horrible since last October.  I am ready for sun and short sleeves.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 18, 2017, 10:19:20 PM
I haven't even bothered to try heading up yet.  I don't know if the rain will ever let up.  It's been horrible since last October.  I am ready for sun and short sleeves.

I remember something about sun and short sleeves a long long time ago...

I don't know how it is on your end Dale, but on the southern end.....roads are sluffing everywhere and some serious slides are just a coin toss away. I won't have my kids with me in the truck up there for a while.

Roads are terrible everywhere, Hwy 395 between Colville and Kettle was closed again today as the Colville River is rising again and over the highway again.  :bash:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: wooltie on April 20, 2017, 02:25:38 PM
Would you expect similar road conditions in 117?  I drew a tag for that unit, but plan on going there end of May/June.  Hopefully things will have dried out somewhat by then.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: TriggerMike on April 20, 2017, 02:37:54 PM
I drew spring bear for GMU 121. I have never been there and I am looking for some advice on:

1.)Dates (I was thinking of going around the last weekend of April, is this to early?)
2.) Any suggested "Hunny hole" locations that I should be looking at?
3.) ATV/Motorcycle - I have access to both, but are they necessary? I like to get back deep and hike a ton but don't want to be hiking if "Mr. Renthals" is going to be  going through rhythm sections close by all the time

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as this will be my first time bear hunting.

Thank you in advance.
Isn't The Hunny Hole a strip club? Or maybe a bikini barista hut? Lol.

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Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CoyoteCowboy on April 22, 2017, 05:16:51 PM
LyonKing and I head out next weekend. Any update from 121? Anyone seen fur or sign?
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: hunter399 on April 22, 2017, 05:24:00 PM
 :tung:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CoyoteCowboy on April 22, 2017, 06:21:22 PM
Perfect! We just wanted to drive around and listen to Joe Rogan anyway.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: hunter399 on April 22, 2017, 06:28:39 PM
 :tung:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: buckcanyonlodge on April 22, 2017, 07:35:18 PM
I've been in the woods for 7 days straight in 121 and have seen NO bear sign .
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on April 22, 2017, 08:30:19 PM
I've been in the woods for 7 days straight in 121 and have seen NO bear sign .

I'm curious if the burn will have driven some out or if they returned to their typical den areas. I have areas that I've seen several but not even a track yet.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: jackelope on April 22, 2017, 10:01:36 PM
That guy obviously doesn't know how to drive.  Dodges don't get stuck.

Obviously that's what he thought!  :chuckle:
Looks like a Bellevue truck.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Timberstalker on April 22, 2017, 10:03:39 PM
That guy obviously doesn't know how to drive.  Dodges don't get stuck.

Obviously that's what he thought!  :chuckle:
Looks like a Bellevue truck.

Oh gotcha. You must be referring to the rainbow sticker?
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: jackelope on April 22, 2017, 10:34:46 PM
Lift kit, big tires, giant C Cummins sticker in the back window along with the other gigantic stickers.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bendotti on April 22, 2017, 10:53:44 PM
Probaly the first time that pavement princess has touched dirt.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: j_h_nimrod on April 23, 2017, 12:36:53 AM
Kinda looks like he was ripping around in there proving his jacked truck couldn't get stuck :tup:  Pretty embarrassing for a Dodge guy to get hauled out with a Ford :chuckle:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: wooltie on April 23, 2017, 07:18:45 AM
Come on guys! Clearly that truck just needed bigger tires and more lift.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: morgan on April 23, 2017, 07:43:36 AM
Thread dead
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 23, 2017, 08:39:27 PM
I've been in the woods for 7 days straight in 121 and have seen NO bear sign .

I've had two baits out for 8 days, not one bear visit so far, no tracks and no fresh poo found.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: dune on April 24, 2017, 09:45:06 AM
I saw a choclet bear wandering around 121 wile I was Turkey hunting
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Machias on April 24, 2017, 09:59:54 AM
I saw a choclet bear wandering around 121 wile I was Turkey hunting

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: TriggerMike on April 24, 2017, 03:28:58 PM
I saw one in 121 on Saturday afternoon out turkey hunting as well.

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Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CaNINE on April 24, 2017, 04:19:29 PM
we saw 3 on Saturday in 121.  All of them around 2200 - 2500 ft elevation.  working the green up on skidder trails.  I rounded the corner and came face to face with a nice cinnamon bear. 
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: LyonKing on April 24, 2017, 04:54:33 PM
we saw 3 on Saturday in 121.  All of them around 2200 - 2500 ft elevation.  working the green up on skidder trails.  I rounded the corner and came face to face with a nice cinnamon bear.

That's awesome to hear, thanks for sharing! Sounds like its starting to heat up out there - wife is out of town for the week.... time to party 
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: LyonKing on April 24, 2017, 04:56:16 PM
I saw a choclet bear wandering around 121 wile I was Turkey hunting

How'd you fair turkey hunting?
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: TriggerMike on April 24, 2017, 05:24:45 PM
we saw 3 on Saturday in 121.  All of them around 2200 - 2500 ft elevation.  working the green up on skidder trails.  I rounded the corner and came face to face with a nice cinnamon bear.
Yup ours was right around that elevation as well. 2000' in the thick stuff.

LyonKing, I responded to your PM. Work the skidder roads!

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Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Eric M on April 24, 2017, 06:15:40 PM
I haven't even bothered to try heading up yet.  I don't know if the rain will ever let up.  It's been horrible since last October.  I am ready for sun and short sleeves.

I remember something about sun and short sleeves a long long time ago...

I don't know how it is on your end Dale, but on the southern end.....roads are sluffing everywhere and some serious slides are just a coin toss away. I won't have my kids with me in the truck up there for a while.

Roads are terrible everywhere, Hwy 395 between Colville and Kettle was closed again today as the Colville River is rising again and over the highway again.  :bash:
Is hwy 395 open now?
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: bearpaw on April 26, 2017, 05:39:01 AM
Water in the Colville Valley has receded 6 to 8 feet feet in depth, Hwy 395 is open now between Colville and Kettle but closed near Barstow due to a short section that caved out of the whole highway. Inchelium Hwy also slid off and is closed. It would have sucked to find either of those at night!  :yike:

Many mountain roads are closed or washed out and the mud is worse than I've ever seen it, much of it has no bottom, don't take chances unless you are well equipped to get yourself out,  be careful!  :tup:
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: dune on April 26, 2017, 07:44:01 AM
Shot a nice tom with a 9 inch beard
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: baldopepper on April 26, 2017, 07:59:44 AM
Water in the Colville Valley has receded 6 to 8 feet feet in depth, Hwy 395 is open now between Colville and Kettle but closed near Barstow due to a short section that caved out of the whole highway. Inchelium Hwy also slid off and is closed. It would have sucked to find either of those at night!  :yike:

Many mountain roads are closed or washed out and the mud is worse than I've ever seen it, much of it has no bottom, don't take chances unless you are well equipped to get yourself out,  be careful!  :tup:
I ran into a Stevens county road maintaince guy last weekend and he told me in 20 years with the department he's never seen anything like this.  The county doesn't have enough money to do the repair work on the major county roads let alone any of the smaller roads. He says some home owners in the more remote areas cant drive within a mile of their homes and he's afraid many of the roads wont get repaired this year.  Scary part is how many will dry out looking fairly good but could still slough off with the pressure of much travel.  He's truly thankful no one has been killed or badly hurt yet, but, as he put it, "it ain't over yet".  As Bearpaw said, be very carful out there and I'd recommend doing a little walking up some of the roads before you drive up em. Tow truck operators have been very busy and flat out won't go up many of the roads.  (I haven't seen any bears or bear sign yet this spring either)
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Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Eric M on April 26, 2017, 08:12:34 AM
Water in the Colville Valley has receded 6 to 8 feet feet in depth, Hwy 395 is open now between Colville and Kettle but closed near Barstow due to a short section that caved out of the whole highway. Inchelium Hwy also slid off and is closed. It would have sucked to find either of those at night!  :yike:

Many mountain roads are closed or washed out and the mud is worse than I've ever seen it, much of it has no bottom, don't take chances unless you are well equipped to get yourself out,  be careful!  :tup:
Saw the pictures in the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle. Those roads look bad!
http://www.omakchronicle.com/photos/galleries/2017/apr/12/without-paddle/
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CaNINE on April 26, 2017, 08:42:02 AM
We spent some time Sunday trenching to redirect some of the runoff off our mountains roads. Gotta give those county boys a hand.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on May 14, 2017, 06:25:25 AM
I thumped a good one yesterday. I'd focus on 10" tall grass. I shot mine @ 3pm and saw several fro. 12-3..hope that helps. Ps,  if it looks too soft....it is.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on May 14, 2017, 08:48:36 AM
Btw, hides are perfect right now. The cold snap is helping us big time...the grass is up but the temp just fell.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: wooltie on May 14, 2017, 09:42:51 AM
Awesome. Headed over this weekend. Glad you didn't get stuck.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: buglebuster on May 14, 2017, 05:01:52 PM
I thumped a good one yesterday. I'd focus on 10" tall grass. I shot mine @ 3pm and saw several fro. 12-3..hope that helps. Ps,  if it looks too soft....it is.
You are correct lol(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170515/53d278241d8963b3fb1cf25ca2f1505d.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on May 14, 2017, 07:40:33 PM
I thumped a good one yesterday. I'd focus on 10" tall grass. I shot mine @ 3pm and saw several fro. 12-3..hope that helps. Ps,  if it looks too soft....it is.
You are correct lol(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170515/53d278241d8963b3fb1cf25ca2f1505d.jpg)

I think I saw your divot.....that whole area is bottomless around the crossings.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: hedhntr on May 15, 2017, 01:34:41 PM
I thumped a good one yesterday. I'd focus on 10" tall grass. I shot mine @ 3pm and saw several fro. 12-3..hope that helps. Ps,  if it looks too soft....it is.
your inbox is full..
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: tlbradford on May 15, 2017, 03:21:15 PM
Thanks for the update High Country.  I'll be starting my trips late this week.  I'll be sure to bring enough rations in case I bury it up to the frame.  Nice color on your bear.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: high country on May 15, 2017, 05:59:44 PM
I thumped a good one yesterday. I'd focus on 10" tall grass. I shot mine @ 3pm and saw several fro. 12-3..hope that helps. Ps,  if it looks too soft....it is.
your inbox is full..

Fixed it for you.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: tlbradford on May 21, 2017, 09:54:50 PM
Got up there today and was able to hunt 9 to 3.  Planned to hunt the eveNing in a different basin, but car trouble had me heading home early.  It was a bust today.  I went a little too high I think.  Brought home ticks and mushrooms.  I pulled 4 off of my son, so check yourself.
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: CLARKTAR on March 15, 2018, 12:05:14 PM
For those of you over in NE WA, do you think the snow levels this year are comparable to last year? I finally drew a tag in WA, Huckleberry Bear tag. Just starting to look into roads and came across this thread... hoping this year the green up is earlier and road conditions are better...

WooHoo!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Ghost Hunter on March 15, 2018, 12:11:58 PM
For those of you over in NE WA, do you think the snow levels this year are comparable to last year? I finally drew a tag in WA, Huckleberry Bear tag. Just starting to look into roads and came across this thread... hoping this year the green up is earlier and road conditions are better...

WooHoo!

Looks like a lot of sod in that road... :o
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: tlbradford on March 15, 2018, 12:56:21 PM
For those of you over in NE WA, do you think the snow levels this year are comparable to last year? I finally drew a tag in WA, Huckleberry Bear tag. Just starting to look into roads and came across this thread... hoping this year the green up is earlier and road conditions are better...

WooHoo!

There is a lot less snow this year.  However, there will still be unrepaired roads from the previous winter.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Gringo31 on June 03, 2018, 08:55:37 AM
With 100 tags I'm surprised how quiet this thread is.....
Title: Re: Spring Bear - Huckleberry 121
Post by: Muley Chaser on June 05, 2018, 06:30:34 AM
My son and I both have tags and will be hunting from the 8th through the 15th. I cant wait to get in the woods and look for some bears...