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Title: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 10, 2021, 04:00:46 PM
Drew the tag after 20 years and just wanted to hear about any past experience anyone has had and what to expect. Any pictures or stories or suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: LabChamp on June 10, 2021, 04:32:34 PM
Great tag, congratulations
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Post by: bigmacc on June 10, 2021, 05:22:04 PM
My sons buddy chased an absolute monster of a buck around in there for 6 days, caught sight of him 3 different times and could not close the deal, I seen a picture of it taken through a scope, letís just say Iím not doing him justice by saying he was an ďabsolute monsterĒ, he was BIGGER! :chuckle: You will do fine, I donít know the unit well but know people who do, thereís some nice bucks in there. If youíve been putting in for it 20 years you probably have it figured out, good luck.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: elkrack on June 10, 2021, 07:02:57 PM
The mule deer herd has been hammered in there but nonetheless it should be a great tag congrats  :tup:  the whitetail herd is doing fantastic though so you could put your sights on a whitey
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 10, 2021, 09:37:04 PM
Thanks, I figured it was pretty much a migratory mule deer hunt but I'd be happy with a great whitetail too.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: spin05 on June 11, 2021, 12:50:36 AM
The mule deer herd has been hammered in there but nonetheless it should be a great tag congrats  :tup:  the whitetail herd is doing fantastic though so you could put your sights on a whitey

I agree. Last year was the first late hunt i never saw a legal buck the whole season
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 11, 2021, 08:11:18 AM
That's not really what I wanted to hear. Are you talking about the early season or the late season?
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: elkrack on June 11, 2021, 08:35:54 AM
Iím sure heís referring to the late archery hunt. Your tag is the best part of the season so donít be worried your going to see bucks just not as many
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 11, 2021, 11:17:48 AM
Anyone have a suggestion on a good place to stay or should I just plan on the wall tent?
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Post by: Bullkllr on June 11, 2021, 11:26:32 AM
All kinds of state land and good camping spots imo.
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Post by: jstone on June 11, 2021, 11:27:38 AM
I always thought that it would be part of the experience to wall tent it in the late season and hunt.
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Post by: dr.derek on June 11, 2021, 04:10:53 PM
camp in the valley, Its got great access in bad conditions IMO
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 13, 2021, 04:21:04 PM
No pictures or stories from past hunts?
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: time2hunt on June 13, 2021, 04:38:00 PM
Those northern unit have taken a beating over the last few years with wildfires and high success rates during general season. Plan in having the season off and spending long hours glassing and hiking. Thereís still a few good bucks but nothing like years past.


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Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Alan K on June 13, 2021, 04:59:48 PM
Sister had the mule deer tag years ago, and my dad the whitetail tag a year or two before that.. Fun unit, especially with some snow. Sister ended up with a 160ish buck up the Toats Coulee drainage. We stayed at Liar's cove in one of their little cabins one trip, and hauled the trailer over the second. I'd camp in the valley if it were me, much closer to where we spent most of our time. Good luck!
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: elkrack on June 13, 2021, 08:28:50 PM
No pictures or stories from past hunts?

Well I wish I had pictures of the buck that my brother and his buddy passed on the first morning of their hunt! 27+ wide 4 point with big eye guards. The bucks downfall was weak fronts or backs I canít  remember but he was a stud. They passed because it was 10 minutes into a 2 week hunt🤦🏻‍♂️   the buck was literally 2 miles from camp and just let us gawk at him for 10 minutes. They ended up passing on multiple bucks that day and then the rut slowed down and the weather warmed up. it wasnít nearly as productive for the rest of the hunt. My brother ended up with a decent 4 point and his buddy shot a 3 point. I donít have pics
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 13, 2021, 09:09:41 PM
No pictures or stories from past hunts?

Well I wish I had pictures of the buck that my brother and his buddy passed on the first morning of their hunt! 27+ wide 4 point with big eye guards. The bucks downfall was weak fronts or backs I canít  remember but he was a stud. They passed because it was 10 minutes into a 2 week hunt🤦🏻‍♂️   the buck was literally 2 miles from camp and just let us gawk at him for 10 minutes. They ended up passing on multiple bucks that day and then the rut slowed down and the weather warmed up. it wasnít nearly as productive for the rest of the hunt. My brother ended up with a decent 4 point and his buddy shot a 3 point. I donít have pics

You don't happen to remember about what the dates were do you? I can take the entire season off if I want but don't believe much usually starts happening until around November 8 or so.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: elkrack on June 13, 2021, 09:21:41 PM
The rut was in full swing on the 6th and was considerably slower when it warmed a couple days later
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Southpole on June 14, 2021, 07:44:53 AM
Definitely camp in the valley if you can. I had the buck tag last year and if I had to do it again I would have posted up inside the guts of the unit.
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on June 14, 2021, 10:14:25 AM
Definitely camp in the valley if you can. I had the buck tag last year and if I had to do it again I would have posted up inside the guts of the unit.

Did you get one, pics?
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Southpole on June 14, 2021, 12:39:15 PM
Definitely camp in the valley if you can. I had the buck tag last year and if I had to do it again I would have posted up inside the guts of the unit.

Did you get one, pics?
Didnít close the deal on anything. I dedicated the last 8 days of the season for the permit. Stayed in a rental house outside of conconully. Got up early every day, drove the side by side from conconully into the unit every morning. The weather was cold, snowy and nasty like I was wanting. Spent a lot of time in a few of the most reputable spots in the unit for whitetail. Nada. Seen a lot of does, no bucks on public land and they were extremely spooky, even for whitetail. The last day on the last half hour, almost getting hard to see and saw a little basket 3 I could have shot but wasnít exactly what I had in mind. No regrets on any of my decisions except camping somewhere near Conner lake or forde lake. Had some acquaintances from Darrington that spent 2 full weeks camped by forde lake, hunted their butts off to only fill 2 of their 3 buck tags. They got a couple of little basket 3s, but they did see a lot more animals because of the camping I believe, said they seen some monster mulies periodically through out their stay.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: elkrack on June 14, 2021, 01:06:26 PM
I always try and get a spot by forde lake. Great spot  :tup:
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: SI Eagle on June 14, 2021, 03:36:57 PM
Definitely camp in the valley if you can. I had the buck tag last year and if I had to do it again I would have posted up inside the guts of the unit.

Did you get one, pics?
Didnít close the deal on anything. I dedicated the last 8 days of the season for the permit. Stayed in a rental house outside of conconully. Got up early every day, drove the side by side from conconully into the unit every morning. The weather was col
snowy and nasty like I was wanting. Spent a lot of time in a few of the most reputable spots in the unit for whitetail. Nada. Seen a lot of does, no bucks on public land and they were extremely spooky, even for whitetail. The last day on the last half hour, almost getting hard to see and saw a little basket 3 I could have shot but wasnít exactly what I had in mind. No regrets on any of my decisions except camping somewhere near Conner lake or forde lake. Had some acquaintances from Darrington that spent 2 full weeks camped by forde lake, hunted their butts off to only fill 2 of their 3 buck tags. They got a couple of little basket 3s, but they did see a lot more animals because of the camping I believe, said they seen some monster mulies periodically through out their stay.

Thanks for the info Southpole, but just to clarify this is for the mule deer. I understand you can shoot whitetails but I have the late muley tag.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Southpole on June 14, 2021, 03:51:04 PM
Definitely camp in the valley if you can. I had the buck tag last year and if I had to do it again I would have posted up inside the guts of the unit.

Did you get one, pics?
Didnít close the deal on anything. I dedicated the last 8 days of the season for the permit. Stayed in a rental house outside of conconully. Got up early every day, drove the side by side from conconully into the unit every morning. The weather was col
snowy and nasty like I was wanting. Spent a lot of time in a few of the most reputable spots in the unit for whitetail. Nada. Seen a lot of does, no bucks on public land and they were extremely spooky, even for whitetail. The last day on the last half hour, almost getting hard to see and saw a little basket 3 I could have shot but wasnít exactly what I had in mind. No regrets on any of my decisions except camping somewhere near Conner lake or forde lake. Had some acquaintances from Darrington that spent 2 full weeks camped by forde lake, hunted their butts off to only fill 2 of their 3 buck tags. They got a couple of little basket 3s, but they did see a lot more animals because of the camping I believe, said they seen some monster mulies periodically through out their stay.

Thanks for the info Southpole, but just to clarify this is for the mule deer. I understand you can shoot whitetails but I have the late muley tag.
Yeah, I knew that you got the quality deer permit I was just answering Boss 300 about my hunt. Itís all good territory though, guys were seeing mature mule deer down in the valley too. Some friends that stayed with me all week, just to fart around while I hunted, seen a really nice mule deer buck rutted up with an entourage of small whitetail bucks a little above Blue lake.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: blindluck on June 14, 2021, 04:15:03 PM
SI Eagle, I believe you can shoot any buck whitetail as well.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Birdguy on June 14, 2021, 08:01:39 PM
This should be an epic hunt! Cannot wait to see how it goes. That area is just so awesome, get a bit of weather (maybe not quite as early as last year) and have a blast! You should see plenty of deer and many more with some weather in the high country. Best of luck!
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Post by: ASienkiewich on June 15, 2021, 12:56:49 AM
Tagging along. Play the weather right and camp in the valley. Goodluck. Should be a blast


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Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Shannon on June 15, 2021, 07:32:12 AM
I have property near Conconully and spend a lot of time in November over there. I'd say almost every year the mule deer rut is slowing down around November 20th. I get the most activity around the 5th through the 15th. When we bow hunt we have a few days of rutting activity and then it really slows down. Good luck on your hunt.
Title: Re: Sinlahekin Quality Deer
Post by: Southpole on June 15, 2021, 08:05:27 AM
Last year on the 16th we seen the most movement of animals then after that it petered out and got real slow. Thatís also when the snow blew in too.
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