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Title: August 1 Plans?
Post by: logola512c on July 09, 2021, 04:49:53 PM
Does anyone have any August 1 plans?  I'm planning to head out 31 July to set up a high camp in the Alpine Lakes for a few days and be in place to shoot Smoky at around 530am on the 1st.  Anyone else have plans?  Anyone else worried about Smoky being smoked out by then also?  Also curious if the various tree farms will all be closed for fire danger for most of August.  Cheers...
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Jingles on July 09, 2021, 04:57:32 PM
Sounds like we have similar plans except I' going into an  area the 30th and relax  the 31 to be up and in place well before daylight the 1st
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Post by: Sutherland on July 09, 2021, 05:00:59 PM
Yeee yeee yeee plan get er done engage!  :tup:.  :IBCOOL:
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Post by: Bareback on July 09, 2021, 06:00:45 PM
Backpacking with a rifle, I wish. No rifle unfortunately.
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Post by: bearmanric on July 09, 2021, 06:31:53 PM
Calling bears in the Toutle Longview permit area. Excited to learn area.
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Post by: jstone on July 09, 2021, 06:47:35 PM
Crescent Bar for wifeís 50th. Anyone see bears in that area?
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Post by: HillHound on July 09, 2021, 07:36:35 PM
My brother will be over and Iím hoping I can get him on his first bear. Heís had more close chances than I can count over the years and feeling like this will be the year for him. Just have to make sure I donít shoot it first  :)
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Post by: Timberstalker on July 09, 2021, 08:06:34 PM
Crescent Bar for wifeís 50th. Anyone see bears in that area?

As in any area, work the berry patches.
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Post by: TheStovePipeKid on July 09, 2021, 08:18:19 PM
My deer spot is drowning in bears. My step dad has one coming on to his property that has him concerned. I doubt it will be exactly the 1st but close there abouts I'll be in a stand waiting for smoky.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: hunter399 on July 09, 2021, 08:37:04 PM
I'll probably go out a little in August.
After shooting at two different bears this spring season and screwing that up. Then at the very end of spring bear I had some health issues come up .
So I'll be looking at some redemption. But I'm not gonna push myself to hard in the fall season.
If I see one I'll send some lead.
Wish we would get like a day of rain ,so I can go target shoot at some longer distance.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: actionshooter on July 09, 2021, 08:45:59 PM
I have been scouting an area and going back up tomorrow for the 1st, but my best area doesn't come on until the berries are ripe the end of august...
Guess thats why you get 2 tags :)
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Post by: JimmyHoffa on July 09, 2021, 09:04:58 PM
Planning on bear hunting/elk scouting.  I think I'll be in some og creek bottoms with the huckleberries. 
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Post by: WSU on July 09, 2021, 11:30:46 PM
Fishing.
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Post by: Loup Loup on July 10, 2021, 12:21:48 PM
I've never killed a bear in August. Too hot for making meat for me.
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Post by: Meattoeat on July 12, 2021, 06:07:53 PM
Iíve got two bears on camera and one Iíve seen while driving up to my spot, tempted
To find a different place for the opener though. Donít want to ruin the elk hunting.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: teanawayslayer on July 12, 2021, 07:18:26 PM
Iíve got two bears on camera and one Iíve seen while driving up to my spot, tempted
To find a different place for the opener though. Donít want to ruin the elk hunting.
yeah but you may save a calf or two. Youíd be doing yourself a favor.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Meattoeat on July 12, 2021, 08:24:13 PM
Iíve got two bears on camera and one Iíve seen while driving up to my spot, tempted
To find a different place for the opener though. Donít want to ruin the elk hunting.
yeah but you may save a calf or two. Youíd be doing yourself a favor.

I thought of that too, just trying to get my first bear so looking for something a bit more open instead of walking through the thick stuff.

Plus first babyís due in October so Iíve got august and a week of elk in September to try and put an animal in the freezer haha
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: GASoline71 on July 12, 2021, 08:42:49 PM
We'll be in 418, 437, or over in 133.

418 is crawling with bears... so it's probably where we'll start.

Gary
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: ian_padron on July 13, 2021, 02:10:19 PM
I don't hunt bears based on dates, but on weather patterns and berry crops. If the crop is in and weather is cooler (unlikely) in the Alpine by August 1st, I'll be there. Typically the spots I hunt come into shape the last week of August (6-8,000 ft).

I'm concerned about how dry it is already this year for sure, that heat wave was brutal on the remaining snowpack, will be interesting to see how foliage and critters are affected as we progress through July.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Bo_nimrod on July 14, 2021, 05:04:59 AM
Crescent Bar for wifeís 50th. Anyone see bears in that area?
Maybe not so many bears, but lots of cougar in that area.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: jstone on July 14, 2021, 08:51:31 PM
 :tup:
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Post by: 7mmfan on July 14, 2021, 10:08:32 PM
I'll be celebrating my sons 4th birthday. But the next weekend...  :IBCOOL:
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Post by: trophyhunt on July 15, 2021, 06:52:51 AM
Probably have a slight hangover, our daughter is getting married the 31st. 
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Post by: NWTexan on July 16, 2021, 06:35:25 PM
Curious if any takers yet? How do you determine who is trigger man and who is spotter? I would be down for a drink at a Seattle watering hole to meet and greet as well mastermind on logistics. Went out last year but got my ass kicked by the mountain and ate all the get outdoors tags.
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Post by: tgomez on July 17, 2021, 05:24:40 PM
Bear hunting for my annual vacation August 1st-11th. Looking to harvest my 5th black bear in the last 7 years.
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Post by: hunter399 on July 17, 2021, 08:13:06 PM
BEAR HUNTING!!!!!!
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Post by: slowhand on July 17, 2021, 10:42:04 PM
Bear hunting 204, get our first look at the land, look for deer, and good glassing points.
My hunting partner drew a second deer tag for this area. Iíve never stepped foot anywhere in that GMU. Canít wait!
Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance, so we have two bear/ scout for his special permit scheduled for august. One at the beginning and one at the end of the month.
Wish us luck  8)
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Turner89 on July 18, 2021, 12:15:26 AM
Crescent Bar for wifeís 50th. Anyone see bears in that area?
A friend of mine shot a 400# +- boar up tarpiscan creek about 5 years ago. Him and my brother were staying at crescent bar and went in from the Columbia River. They were actually deer hunting when they got him.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: WoolyRunner on July 18, 2021, 09:46:25 AM
Ill either be in GMU 642, 658, or 660. Depending on what I feel like doing.
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Post by: Tonasket2021 on July 18, 2021, 12:23:00 PM
This will be my first year going full on for a bear. I am going to hunt and fish near Tonasket. What is the best way to cool your bear down the fastest way. I read about guys hiking miles in. Would one be concerned packing bear meat out that distance? I am continually being told how quickly it can spoil in the heat.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: spoonman on July 18, 2021, 12:39:06 PM
This will be my first year going full on for a bear. I am going to hunt and fish near Tonasket. What is the best way to cool your bear down the fastest way. I read about guys hiking miles in. Would one be concerned packing bear meat out that distance? I am continually being told how quickly it can spoil in the heat.

If hunting near a creek you can bone it out and put it in your game bag then put it in a hefty bag and drop it in the creek for a while to cool the meat.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Alan K on July 18, 2021, 12:40:32 PM
To me the biggest thing is getting the hide off ASAP, and I usually pull/trim the bigger chunks of fat off.  Hang in a game bag, letting air circulate on as much surface area as possible (don't overfill bags). Hang in shade when possible while you work on the rest. Not always available within a reasonable distance, but a shaded draw with water is usually much cooler than temps mid slope and higher.  Meat care for bear is essentially the same as other animals, but with their fat content they seem to spoil quicker.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: predatorG on July 21, 2021, 11:53:28 AM
I'm going to be in Indiana..... but if I wasn't those 627 bears would be in a world of hurt  :drool:
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Post by: ajax25 on July 21, 2021, 12:18:29 PM
Trying a new area this year, will be up in the Sherman pass area. Spent the 31st doing some scouting and then see if we canít find something on the 1st. Might wind up just being a scouting trip to make a better plan for a longer hunt at the end of the month but thatís ok and who knows we might just get lucky.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: huntingaddiction on July 21, 2021, 03:11:25 PM
Plans pretty simple...Kill every bear over 125 pounds we see :dunno:
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Post by: TheStovePipeKid on July 21, 2021, 03:13:00 PM
Plans pretty simple...Kill every bear over 125 pounds we see :dunno:

What are you using to weigh them?

 :peep:
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: D-Rock425 on July 21, 2021, 03:13:14 PM
I'll be out with both daughter's this year.  6 bear tags to fill shouldn't take more than a few weeks.
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Post by: Jonathan_S on July 21, 2021, 03:21:44 PM
I like the idea of shooting an early bear but their coats are so much prettier if we wait until September. That precious bear fat is definitely better and more abundant in late Sept - Oct too!
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: D-Rock425 on July 21, 2021, 03:37:45 PM
Plans pretty simple...Kill every bear over 125 pounds we see :dunno:
Lou Lou is pretty picky and will hold out for a big one.
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Post by: luvmystang67 on July 21, 2021, 04:02:54 PM
Bear is closed in Idaho in August.  I'll be yachting, waiting for 8/30 elk to open up!
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Post by: D-Rock425 on July 21, 2021, 04:19:45 PM
Bear is closed in Idaho in August.  I'll be yachting, waiting for 8/30 elk to open up!
you could always come shoots bears with us.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: spoonman on July 21, 2021, 04:27:01 PM
Plan on hunting the coast. Went up today above Rainier (4500í) and no berries of any type. Saw berries down lower(1500-2500) so thatís where Iím focusing.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: HillHound on July 21, 2021, 04:34:22 PM
No clue now that Hillary shut me out of my hunting spots. Might try FS with all the other people that will be forced to hunt on top of each other. But most of it is too high for berries to be ripe so probably no bears anyways
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: luvmystang67 on July 21, 2021, 04:55:26 PM
Bear is closed in Idaho in August.  I'll be yachting, waiting for 8/30 elk to open up!
you could always come shoots bears with us.

Would I pay $222.50 to shoot a spot/stalk bear in WA.... nawwwww

Thanks for the invite.  I do miss hauling out my bears with you.  :chuckle:

And, you've been doing much better without me.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: huntingaddiction on July 22, 2021, 05:29:29 AM
Plans pretty simple...Kill every bear over 125 pounds we see :dunno:
Lou Lou is pretty picky and will hold out for a big one.
Yea, she needs to start shooting lighter animals.  My knees don't like her heavy ones :chuckle:
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: huntingaddiction on July 22, 2021, 05:31:19 AM
No clue now that Hillary shut me out of my hunting spots. Might try FS with all the other people that will be forced to hunt on top of each other. But most of it is too high for berries to be ripe so probably no bears anyways
Pretty hot this year, already seeing berries where we normally wouldn't until middle of August.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: hunter399 on July 22, 2021, 05:37:06 AM
No clue now that Hillary shut me out of my hunting spots. Might try FS with all the other people that will be forced to hunt on top of each other. But most of it is too high for berries to be ripe so probably no bears anyways
Pretty hot this year, already seeing berries where we normally wouldn't until middle of August.
I was gonna say the same.
I was picking berrys a few week ago at 4-5k that are not normally ready till August. Yes there was some green ones there ,but also some ripe ones.
Without rain hucks are hit and miss on the dry side.
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Post by: jstone on July 22, 2021, 08:37:27 PM
Hope for an early fall
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Post by: SpicyTacos on July 30, 2021, 02:20:21 PM
I have a spot in the alpine however Iíve never been there in August. I want to go up there but itís a lot of work. Does anyone have insight or encouragement to just go glass and see what happens?  I can glass from 3500-6000ft. Good luck to anyone getting out there this weekend.
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Post by: HighCountryHunter88 on July 30, 2021, 02:27:20 PM
keep in mind that the cascades probably have a 3 week head start on the growing season after that heat wave.
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Post by: ganghis on July 30, 2021, 05:03:43 PM
I have a spot in the alpine however Iíve never been there in August. I want to go up there but itís a lot of work. Does anyone have insight or encouragement to just go glass and see what happens?  I can glass from 3500-6000ft. Good luck to anyone getting out there this weekend.

Depends whether you're talking westside or east.  Guessing westside will be a little earlier; eastside a lot earlier.  Do some searching on WTA trip reports (advanced search, type in blueberries or something) for areas similar to where you want to go.  You could still get lucky and find a bear doing bear things up high earlier, but it's much better after the berries hit.   From these searches, I think the main berry crop in the west cascades is still pretty low (like <2,000 feet).  That said, if you enjoy spending time in the mountains anyway there's nothing wrong with packing a gun and a kill kit!
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Post by: SpicyTacos on July 30, 2021, 06:28:19 PM
Thanks for the input. I think Iím going to be patient and wait for the berries up high to ripen up. I will focus on calling in some clear cuts at 2000í, with nearby riparian drainages with a bunch of different aged cuts. Or split the weekend into cuts and a hike. Take care.
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Post by: RobinHoodlum on July 30, 2021, 08:53:17 PM
The berry crop was lookimg good at 2500 - 3500' last Sunday on west side. Piles I saw suggest bears were focused especially on red hucks, which were by far the most abundant
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Post by: crabcreekhunter on July 31, 2021, 11:17:05 AM
I'll be mid elevation in Chelan county 4k-5.5k, going for a hike with the rifle.  No berries to really speak of in the area, but better than sitting on the couch.
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Post by: jstone on July 31, 2021, 12:58:19 PM
 :tup: good luck everyone
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Post by: Wanttohuntmore on August 01, 2021, 02:44:12 AM
Good luck,  on my way now!  Been 10 yrs since I shot my last bear,  been putting my son and nephew on them.   Today I might take one if the situation is right.
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Post by: hunter399 on August 01, 2021, 04:22:26 AM
I will head out in a few days .
Kinda holding off to see if we get this rain that's in the forecast.
I mean sneak out there ,since everything is closed .
I might feel a little better about going out if some rain hits.
East side of course.
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Post by: logola512c on August 02, 2021, 09:23:51 AM
Hope folks had more luck than I did.  I was up around 4000 feet on the wetside in the smoke for most of the morning and didn't see anything alive except for about a billion mosquitos and birds.  Oh...and a weird dead bullfrog laying on a knife edge ridge trail a long ways from any water source.  It's neck was creepy swollen and red, and otherwise nothing had touched it.  kinda freaked me out.  But the berries were non-existent and went lower for the rest of the day, where I found a bunch of over-ripe raspberries and piles and piles of 2-3 day old bear scat...but Smoky didn't come out and play.
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Post by: krolelov on August 02, 2021, 10:44:58 AM
I was in 418 at 5000 ft. Quite a few berries but very green. They need 3-4 weeks to ripen. By far the worst bugs infestation I have ever seen. 100% Deet worked on mosquitos to some extent but not on the black flies. Does anybody know how to repel those?
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Post by: ganghis on August 02, 2021, 11:03:01 AM
I was surprised to find some ripe huckleberries (mostly red) up around 6000 ft in the Norse Peak wilderness.  The ripest ones were on a SE aspect.... north facing ones were still mostly green around 4500 ft.  No sign of bears though
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Post by: pickardjw on August 02, 2021, 11:19:30 AM
Had a decent bear spotted around 5000' north of Lake Wenatchee on Saturday morning. We were in a few miles and with the heat and bugs decided to bail. Would've been tough to get him out on time if he was still there Sunday. Passed the info on to a couple guys at the trailhead going in though.
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Post by: TriggerMike on August 02, 2021, 12:33:44 PM
What temperature do you guys not even bother hunting cause it's too hot? Supposed to be 88 on the Westside the next few days and I usually just don't hunt at that point since I figure the bears won't come out until after dark.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: KFhunter on August 02, 2021, 12:43:59 PM
I'll hunt short packout with coolers full of ice in the truck.

The challenge this year is there's no ice anywhere, so need to make our own.

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Post by: TriggerMike on August 02, 2021, 01:28:32 PM
I meant when is it too hot that bears won't even bother coming out of shady creek bottoms until dark.
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Post by: KFhunter on August 02, 2021, 01:29:51 PM
Follow the wind and hunt them in the bottoms, move slow!

I've nearly tripped over them doing this
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Post by: Ridgeratt on August 02, 2021, 01:44:13 PM
Follow the wind and hunt them in the bottoms, move slow!

I've nearly tripped over them doing this

Jungle hunting.  Crawling on a bear run on your hands and knees. 

Right now when I get up feels like I swallowed a wire brush from the smoke in the neighborhood.
But this will clear up sometime.

Rub a little bacon grease behind my ears for a cover scent and go on a stroll. 😁
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: KFhunter on August 02, 2021, 02:17:22 PM
Bacon grease bath, left tied up to a tree, doesn't work.

It's been tried.  It's a town classic story, ask around if you haven't yet heard it.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: Ridgeratt on August 02, 2021, 02:27:59 PM
Bacon grease bath, left tied up to a tree, doesn't work.

It's been tried.  It's a town classic story, ask around if you haven't yet heard it.

If I remember right.  That was tried during the winter months when the intended quarry was sleeping.
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Post by: KFhunter on August 02, 2021, 02:33:06 PM
That makes it even funnier
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Post by: Ridgeratt on August 02, 2021, 02:36:50 PM
That makes it even funnier

Those are the same people who have not a clue about wolves.  But are in favor of reintroduction.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: predatorG on August 03, 2021, 07:00:28 AM
Bacon grease bath, left tied up to a tree, doesn't work.

It's been tried.  It's a town classic story, ask around if you haven't yet heard it.

 :o  :o  :o
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: hunter399 on August 03, 2021, 08:24:28 AM
Bacon grease bath, left tied up to a tree, doesn't work.

It's been tried.  It's a town classic story, ask around if you haven't yet heard it.
I've heard a few story's that involved bacon grease ,but didn't involve hunting.But did involve the woods.
I did know an archery deer hunter that swears vanilla scent was the best cover scent.
And when I go to taco bell ,I've always wondered how many bears would come in to that grease barrel if it was in the woods.
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: predatorG on August 03, 2021, 10:00:31 AM
Bacon grease bath, left tied up to a tree, doesn't work.

It's been tried.  It's a town classic story, ask around if you haven't yet heard it.
I've heard a few story's that involved bacon grease ,but didn't involve hunting.But did involve the woods.
I did know an archery deer hunter that swears vanilla scent was the best cover scent.
And when I go to taco bell ,I've always wondered how many bears would come in to that grease barrel if it was in the woods.

Once the "safe for consumption" part of the TBell grease barrel flows through my guts... I don't think any living thing would go near it :bdid:
Title: Re: August 1 Plans?
Post by: jasonstevens on August 03, 2021, 07:19:27 PM
This will be my first year going full on for a bear. I am going to hunt and fish near Tonasket. What is the best way to cool your bear down the fastest way. I read about guys hiking miles in. Would one be concerned packing bear meat out


that distance? I am continually being told how quickly it can spoil in the heat.

Hide off fast an get the meat on ice quick . 4 hrs from dead to cooler.in the heat.but get it off the bone as quick as you can pops.
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