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Skagit spring bear
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:18:57 AM »
I drew the Skagit tag - so time to start doing a bit of home work. Will they be contacting me and telling me where Iíll be allowed to go? Access pretty good with the tree companies? Any info would be great from any of you guys that have had this tag before. Iím gonna be able to put quite abit of time into this tag and really looking forward to it!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 12:50:34 PM »
There will be early action in the southwest and northwest then throughout as the snow melts up high. You will get a packet. You will have combo access.

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 06:10:40 PM »
Congrats on the draw!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 12:56:57 PM »
You'll get a packet in the mail with a mandatory meeting date and time. Have your questions ready for the meeting. They are pretty good about providing a lot of information there. They will also give you a map letting you know what gates will be open. Have fun, its a good tag to have. Congrats
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 11:10:50 AM »
Congratulations on the hunt draw !   Hunted it last year and there is plenty of access and land to go around. 

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2018, 05:26:40 AM »
Got my packet in the mail yesterday.  The meeting is scheduled for the youth turkey opener.   :dunno:  Hopefully I can pick it up the materials in person before then.

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2018, 08:50:05 AM »
Should be a good year. With all the snow the season will probably start fairly slow but by the middle of May  :yike: !!!!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2018, 07:12:51 AM »
Thatís what Iím hoping for - as Iím gonna be buried at work till end of April finishing up some boats to launch
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 07:41:23 AM »
I talked with the bio and he drove the area recently and didn't see any activity yet.  I'm likely not going to hit it hard for a while, no sense to burn all my gas and time before they are up and active.  I'm certainly glad the season isn't just a week.

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 07:44:05 AM »
I talked with the bio and he drove the area recently and didn't see any activity yet.  I'm likely not going to hit it hard for a while, no sense to burn all my gas and time before they are up and active.  I'm certainly glad the season isn't just a week.

It took me 21 trips in that area before I finally got my bear.  Definitely save it for May, they will be more active.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2018, 10:52:57 AM »
Anyone been in yet? Any sign?

I haven't had a free weekend to check things out but bears should be getting more visible.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2018, 12:18:00 PM »
2nd morning out - have not seen any fresh peels or sign yet.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2018, 12:49:27 PM »
Been out twice.  Not a single peel or a pile of skat yet.  Should be anytime.  Most of the green is all down low.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 03:29:52 PM »
They're moving in the Monroe unit !!! Oh wait they don't do spring bear hunts here anymore  :bash:

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2018, 07:23:28 PM »
It was a great weekend to be in the hills. Any visuals yet?
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2018, 07:22:56 AM »
It was a great weekend to be in the hills. Any visuals yet?

Lots of fresh peels.  They have become fairly active.  Now to find the ones doing the peeling.  Got on a nice one on Saturday until he winded me.  Just didn't have a clear shot on him.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2018, 05:08:16 PM »
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2018, 08:55:53 PM »

I walked up the 310 Rd this afternoon, up and over the washout.  Plenty of sign in the area but no fresh peals,   I noticed there was no combo lock on the gate this year.  Does anyone know why?

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2018, 11:00:54 PM »
Not one bear down?
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2018, 10:19:33 AM »
Not one bear down?

I heard of just one being killed so far.

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2018, 01:17:04 PM »
Last night was a fun night to be in there. Very quiet. I only saw a blue Jeep off the 300 rd.

No bear but lots of elk and a bobcat.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2018, 03:07:05 PM »
Peeling like crazy!

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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2018, 05:23:02 PM »
Saw one bear briefly this morning.  He didnít stick around long enough to get.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2018, 06:29:22 AM »
Lots of sign - just nothing standing in the tracks yet!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2018, 07:05:14 AM »
Lots of sign - just nothing standing in the tracks yet!

Starting to see skat and more and more peels.  Just a lack of bears in viewable spots.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2018, 04:38:49 PM »
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Rumor on the street is that you tagged out. Where's the pics!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2018, 04:50:25 PM »
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Rumor on the street is that you tagged out. Where's the pics!

Yes, finally made it happen on the last day!
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2018, 04:55:14 PM »
Awesome! Congrats. Hope to see a pic and story.

3 bears taken this spring in Skagit?
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2018, 04:59:29 PM »
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Rumor on the street is that you tagged out. Where's the pics!

Yes, finally made it happen on the last day!

No pics yet, this guy needs banned. :ban:
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2018, 12:34:59 PM »
Awesome! Congrats. Hope to see a pic and story.

3 bears taken this spring in Skagit?

That's all I heard was 3 were taken out of the unit.  Not to good of a season if that's the case.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2018, 01:04:10 PM »
It was a lot of time and evenings spent looking for one.  Just wasn't seeing the bears like I did last time I drew the tag in 2012.  I was seeing a fair amount of peels probably being caused by a handful of bears. I tied pink ribbon where I was finding fresh peels.  I would go at sun up, but not seeing anything other than deer, elk, bobcats and grouse.  Most of the activity seemed to be happening an hour before dark and I believe the bears were peeling after dark.  I would come back up the next morning at sunrise and several more trees would be peeled in one of the areas I had focused.  I think all the logging activity had them sitting in the thick.  I talked to another friend that had the tag that focused most of his effort off of HWY 9 and he saw 5 bears.
I saw a huge black one that I never was able to put on the ground.  I was burned out at the end.  Called the neighbor the last day and asked if he wanted to go with me.  Went to one of the spots I saw the black bear.  We were walking one of the roads and this color phase brown stepped out in front of us at about 70 yards.  I put the crosshairs on it where I was aiming and pulled the trigger.  It turned to bite at its side. Spun around and dumped into a drainage.  All I could think was oh s**t he dumped into a steep SOB.  Luckily I walked over to the edge and he was piled up 20 yards down.  Not a big one like the black one I wanted.  Filled the tag.  I think I put on close to 1,600 miles and hiked close to 70 miles.  I earned this one. 
The first bear taken, I passed the hunter coming in as I was heading out.  The sun was starting to set.  He got one shortly after we passed one another.  The second hunter shot his bear on the second day of his hunt as he was working his way out for the day.  I kind of wish this had been the case for me as I focused on bears vs. lingcod, shrimp and halibut.  Drew the tag twice and filled it both times.  Averaged 20 days afield both times to fill the tag.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2018, 01:09:35 PM »
Sweet man glad you got it done. ANOTHER COLOR BEAR!!!! Man all I can kill is blacks up there :chuckle:
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2018, 01:21:37 PM »
Congrats. Beautiful bear.


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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2018, 01:29:20 PM »
Sweet man glad you got it done. ANOTHER COLOR BEAR!!!! Man all I can kill is blacks up there :chuckle:

I am having the opposite luck.  Only color phase.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2018, 01:37:51 PM »
Congrats on getting rewarded with all the time and effort you put in.

Not a lot of color phase bears up there.
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Re: Skagit spring bear
« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2018, 02:00:55 PM »
Sweet man glad you got it done. ANOTHER COLOR BEAR!!!! Man all I can kill is blacks up there :chuckle:

I am having the opposite luck.  Only color phase.

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