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Big Game Hunting => Bow Hunting => Topic started by: Meattoeat on November 28, 2021, 05:19:23 AM

Title: Urban areas
Post by: Meattoeat on November 28, 2021, 05:19:23 AM
Feel free to PM me and put me on blast if I give out to much info, but Iím at a loss as to what that next step is here.


I keep hearing people mention archery hunting urban areas, and I have my multi tag and am getting into archery so Iíve been looking into it. Problem is Iím struggling getting info on what government properties are legal.

Obviously private is out unless you have permission.

Iím on the west side and I see a few pockets some are like 100 acres some are even smaller of everything from Washington fish and wildlife properties to like pierce county public works, to parks department. Or just Washington state lands. But I canít get an answer to save my life of if itís huntable or not.

Iíve checked the pierce/thurston counties shooting regs and maps, but bows shouldnít ever really be an issue if Iím not mistaken.

Just donít want to get caught with my pants down because Iím parked on the side of a road, in ďtownĒ hunting a piece of wdfw land or public works.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Special T on November 28, 2021, 05:23:57 AM
Urban archery hunting is as much hunting the spot as the deer. You need to dive into county codes and such for legality.
parking is also another huge issue where you park and what you drive can determine if you have hunters in the spot later or if the place gets closed to hunting. Good Luck!
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Meattoeat on November 28, 2021, 05:35:40 AM
Urban archery hunting is as much hunting the spot as the deer. You need to dive into county codes and such for legality.
parking is also another huge issue where you park and what you drive can determine if you have hunters in the spot later or if the place gets closed to hunting. Good Luck!

I didnít even think of the parking and it highlighting that someoneís hunting there.

Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Jingles on November 28, 2021, 06:13:05 AM
One thing to keep in mind with parking is it might not be hunters parked there it could be the influx of frigging hikers with their yap yap dogs which is getting to be a problem even in rural areas. Hikers are getting to be like cockroaches in the south, no place is safe or free of them

Noted in this area anyhow you can tell the hikers vehicles as they are more often than not the rice burners and don't have a vehicle access Pass or Discover pass.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Meattoeat on November 28, 2021, 06:47:14 AM
One thing to keep in mind with parking is it might not be hunters parked there it could be the influx of frigging hikers with their yap yap dogs which is getting to be a problem even in rural areas. Hikers are getting to be like cockroaches in the south, no place is safe or free of them

The one main place Iím look at has no trails, itís a pocket of land thatís land locked minus two smaller spots on the road. So Iíll have to give it a shot.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Special T on November 28, 2021, 08:17:49 AM
I have a couple of pieces that are nearly land locked by private. I found a place to park on private property and access it via a friend of a friend. Some pepperoni or such is a great enticement. I DONT WEAR CAMMO! just earth tones and a lot of fleece.  Fleece is both quiet and looks normal. Urban cammo. you dont want to scare the Karens or make them aware of your presence.

dont drive your lifted truck with hunting stickers. drive he wife's minivan or steal the kids Honda
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: ThurstonCokid on November 28, 2021, 10:13:40 AM
I have a couple of pieces that are nearly land locked by private. I found a place to park on private property and access it via a friend of a friend. Some pepperoni or such is a great enticement. I DONT WEAR CAMMO! just earth tones and a lot of fleece.  Fleece is both quiet and looks normal. Urban cammo. you dont want to scare the Karens or make them aware of your presence.

dont drive your lifted truck with hunting stickers. drive he wife's minivan or steal the kids Honda
Awesome advice.. although a little sad


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Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Special T on November 28, 2021, 10:44:51 AM
I have a couple of pieces that are nearly land locked by private. I found a place to park on private property and access it via a friend of a friend. Some pepperoni or such is a great enticement. I DONT WEAR CAMMO! just earth tones and a lot of fleece.  Fleece is both quiet and looks normal. Urban cammo. you dont want to scare the Karens or make them aware of your presence.

dont drive your lifted truck with hunting stickers. drive he wife's minivan or steal the kids Honda
Awesome advice.. although a little sad


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My old subaru with Snowboarding Stickers was the ultimate in incognito hunting rig! Id just tell people I was hunting mushrooms (partially true)
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: ASHQUACK on November 28, 2021, 11:04:43 AM
I drive a old Hyundai elantra for just such purposes. Some might even think it's a tweeker mobile. But I don't get as much flack as when I park my truck in the same spots. Oh, and a deer fits nicely in the trunk.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: metlhead on November 28, 2021, 07:29:20 PM
I hunt my own property in Thurston county these days. Loaded with deer and don't worry about folks hiking around. But, I do need to pay attention to where I shoot from. My biggest worry is having a dying deer clear the fenceline and expiring in somebody's yard.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Sundance on November 28, 2021, 08:34:07 PM
Nothing is worse then parking your hunting rig with stickers etc. on the side of the road to blow up a local urban honey hole. Iíve discovered several good spots by just noticing vehicles parked and researching the area. Either use an inconspicuous vehicle or park elsewhere and ride a bike in. Sometimes itís more about misdirection to keeping those spots under your hat. 

Another thing I picked up on was the trucks parked at gates in elk country. If they have local stickers or high school sportís teams then you know where the locals are chasing elk.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: cem3434 on December 04, 2021, 05:54:01 PM
Sush! Dont give away all of the tips on how to find honey holes. :chuckle:

To the OP, you have some very good spots close to you and just need to do a little research and scouting.
Title: Re: Urban areas
Post by: Special T on December 04, 2021, 06:01:08 PM
Hitting a new honey hole I procured  tomorrow.  Best part is its 5 min from the house, and its a long time family friend that I just realized has a rental in the perfect location.
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