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Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:22:59 PM »
My cousin had a long and lengthy battle with cancer a few years back and came out on top.  He went through months and months of chemo and other treatments and with Gods helping hand and determination heís currently cancer free.  That said, one of the major side effects with all the treatment is mobility in his feet.  He canít hike long distances but can get up and down rugged terrain, slow and steady.  He and I were visiting about the possibility of teaming up and applying as a 2 person group for muzzy elk in the Peaches Ridge area.  Heís accumulated (like many others) a boat load of points and Iím sitting on 13.  Letís skip forward and assume we get drawn; Iím well aware of the odds game so lets keep this discussion to the question at hand.

If we got drawn our plan would be to hire an Outfitter for a drop camp.  Given anyoneís experience, how far of a horseback ride would you want to get away from the roads?  Iíd say a 5-6 mile ride would be all he could handle given the issues with blood flow to his feet.  Once at camp, assuming we get dropped in the heart of elk country, whatís the likelihood of being able to call a bull within .5-1 mile from camp?  Do most drop camps setup a couple miles out of the good areas or could a guy get put right into elk given this scenario?  Any recommendations on Outfitters, drop camps, doís or donít would be greatly appreciated.  Thereís plenty of post on Peaches Ridge but this scenario is a bit different.

Thank you in advance for your input, I appreciate it!
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 05:31:40 PM »
Honestly you don't need an outfitter.  If you draw get in touch with me. I will gladly put you on a bull.  And all it would cost is a handshake.  Good luck in the draw.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 05:48:30 PM »
Wow, doesnít get much better than that.  Even given his mobility issues?  Weíd really like to get off the main trail and figured with the issue at-hand perhaps horseback would be the best bet?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 05:54:37 PM »
If you get drawn and need a packer or any help shoot me a pm.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2018, 06:00:40 PM »
Thatís what I love about this site!  Thank you

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2018, 06:08:44 PM »
Wow, doesnít get much better than that.  Even given his mobility issues?  Weíd really like to get off the main trail and figured with the issue at-hand perhaps horseback would be the best bet?

Plenty of great spots he could access without major hiking issues or using a horse.  Remember, for the muzzy guys the bulls are still screaming...
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2018, 06:28:06 PM »
Two things to keep in mind.  First, much of the unit is burned.

Second, if you are away from roads and trails, you are in tough country.  Very steep and/or very thick woods.

Those tags are good in that it is easy to have areas to yourself.  People are spread out with very few obvious areas with several groups.  Very easy to day hunt close or moderate distances from roads and an easier camp at night.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2018, 06:57:33 PM »
I think we like the idea of gritting out a horseback ride (wonít be a comfortable trip for him) and sleep in the heart of elk country.  Anyone have experience with White Pass or other drop camps?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2018, 07:04:09 PM »
I would look at the Muzzy Season.  Rifle can be some work, serious work.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2018, 07:06:57 PM »
After the burn last year you may be better off going to goose prairie for a back country hunt and it may be easier to draw. Most of peaches is accessible by either truck or motorcycle so your back country experience may be hard to come by. Have you considered going out of state?

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2018, 07:13:07 PM »
Agree with carbon hunter. Look at the William O. and I will add the Goat Rocks (Rimrock side) if you are looking for a back country hunt.

Too early to tell what kind of restrictions may be put in place for trails in the burn scar until the forest circus can put boots on the ground. No doubt there is trail damage and trees down. Not very scenic when most of the wilderness is burnt.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2018, 07:22:18 PM »
All good info, thank you very much.

All we ever hunt anymore is Idaho; actually have hunted N Idaho elk the past 25 years straight.  I started putting in for WA when I was hunting both states pretty hard but to be I havenít stepped foot in a WA unit in over a decade.  I, like most, feel committed to the points game in hopes someday Lady Luck strikes.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2018, 07:41:17 PM »
All good info, thank you very much.

All we ever hunt anymore is Idaho; actually have hunted N Idaho elk the past 25 years straight.  I started putting in for WA when I was hunting both states pretty hard but to be I havenít stepped foot in a WA unit in over a decade.  I, like most, feel committed to the points game in hopes someday Lady Luck strikes.

If you already hunt Idaho why not go for Sawtooth if your considering hiring a guide?  Same cost way better hunt.

If you are lucky enough to draw a peaches tag just hunt from a base camp. No need for an outfitter. If you want a backcountry experience, get it in Idaho.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 07:49:33 PM »
Vegetation will be nuclear in the burn.  Elk will be in there thick.  I'd have an outfitter plop me right in the middle of it.  That being said, ID think you guys would be more efficient having a good comfortable base camp to recharge in every night.  Backcountry not needed in peaches but it is the most fulfilling way to hunt.
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2018, 07:53:02 PM »
All Idaho is DIY, no need to hire a guide.  WA is a totally different story.  In summary due to his limitations scouting would be extremely difficult.  In the event we got drawn weíd rely on help getting us into the country we need to be.  Trust me, my cousin was born and raised in MT, dad was an Outfitter, and heís use to busting his ass.  This handicap has turned his world upside down when it comes to hunting style so weíre simply trying to maximize the opportunity given his disability.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2018, 07:57:24 PM »
We drew the tag last year and planned to hire an outfitter to pack us in - right up until the fire shut down the wilderness for the commercial outfitters. We then camped right along the edge and hunted inside the wilderness boundaries by hiking in each day. We hunted 10 straight days and I saw 5 elk, no bulls. When I say we hunted, we are not talking about driving the roads - we burned boot leather, both in the Wilderness and out. We hunted off the PCT, at Blowout Mtn, at Mt Clifty, and other areas. Between my partner and I we only saw the 5 elk - tough year. I've hunted that unit before and found plenty of elk, but as soon as I have a big bull tag, *POOF* they're gone.

If I draw again, I would love to get on horseback and get away from the crowds, I think it would make a world of difference. One thing I did see, though, was wolf tracks - lots of them. Followed a pack of about 5 or 6 up the trail to Blowout Mtn, right on the PCT in the snow, clear as day... No wonder we didn't find any elk...

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2018, 08:02:18 PM »
Yea Iíd take RT up on the offer. And I believe heís also right you donít need an outfitter to get a big bull down and you wonít be stuck in one area


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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2018, 08:51:16 PM »
About ten years back I did a drop camp with Chinook Pass Outfitters and had a very positive experience. It was a little non traditional for a drop camp because they packed in my own gear and I was responsible for set up and tear down. I got everything that I paid for and would do it again if I ever got another quality tag. 

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2018, 08:57:01 PM »
If you think the outfitter knows where the elk are you will be highly disappointed.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2018, 09:18:20 PM »
Hmmmm.  I suspect your comment is based off a poor experience?  If you donít mind please PM me if you had a rotten experience with a specific Outfitter, Iíd love to know more and avoid any mistakes if at all possible.  Thank you

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2018, 10:02:22 PM »
Wow. Thatís awesome. No need to go any further than response #1 on this post. A few things
1. You donít wanna know what the odds are to draw that tag
2. Hopefully you get those tags
3. The psychosis of the peaches elk crew runs deep and theyíre good peeps to the core, they will put you and cuz on bulls.
4. End of story...AND thereís no way that an outfitter would be more fun to hunt with than those guys!!

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2018, 05:25:54 AM »
Glad to hear your cousin is doing better!! Hope you guys draw that tag that would be a quality hunt for the 2 of you.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2018, 07:03:14 AM »
RT is correct, you really don't need a guide and  he can he hook you up  :tup:

BUT, if a drop camp or guided hunt is what your after, here's my  :twocents:

Chinook class outfitters can get a camp you want. Drop you off and pick you up any of units in the area.
White Pass outfitters is also another, but don't know if they drop camp in Peaches area,  Rimrock and Bumping, yes. ... and only heard good things about them.

If your looking for guided,
Rugged Class Outfitters is where I would spend my money. Ty Brown knows that unit like no other and is a stand up guy  :tup: Jerry and Robin are great guys and can call elk like no other......

Good luck on the draw  :hello:
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2018, 11:09:38 AM »
Canít believe how many incredible pmís Iíve received and overall generosity of others willing to provide a helping hand to a complete stranger.  Hope to meet many of you guys in-person someday.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2018, 12:11:48 PM »
All Idaho is DIY, no need to hire a guide.  WA is a totally different story.  In summary due to his limitations scouting would be extremely difficult.  In the event we got drawn weíd rely on help getting us into the country we need to be.  Trust me, my cousin was born and raised in MT, dad was an Outfitter, and heís use to busting his ass.  This handicap has turned his world upside down when it comes to hunting style so weíre simply trying to maximize the opportunity given his disability.

If you hunt with any success on public ground in Idaho you wont have any issue finding elk during the heart of the rut in Peaches. Like was mentioned before. You don't need a guide. There are people on here that can help. If you're wanting just the pack in style experience then by all means go that route. But I would think you could be picky with that tag and be able to hunt within a mile of spots to park while still having a comfortable camp to rest at night for him.  :twocents: Good luck in the draw. Glad to hear he kicked his cancer!
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2018, 08:17:43 PM »
 Quick update - my cousin and I got drawn for the muzzy hunt that kicks off Sept 28.  Canít believe it, I started this thread well before the draw as a ďwhat ifĒ discussion, now where in the thick of going over maps, planning our scouting trip, etc.

Since my original post Iíve had the chance to correspond with some knowledgeable folks, canít believe how many pmís I recd even before the draw.  In summary I
weíre leaning towards either hauling our camper over for base camp or curious if the Forest Service has any rentals...or anyone know of a close in cabin for rent?  Due to my cousins post-chemo nerve issues, it would be best if we had access to fresh ice on a daily basis to soak his feet once, if not twice per day.  The drop camp wouldíve worked due to the close proximity of cold running creek water.

Anyways, a huge thank you goes out to the help Iíve already received and hopefully the pointers to come.  We each had 13 pts so feel very blessed.  Looking forward to a fantastic experience of being in the woods for 9 days,

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2018, 08:47:15 PM »
Squaw Rock Resort has cabins, and is close. I've stayed there quite a few times over the years.

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« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2018, 09:00:32 PM »
That is incredible! Congratulations on the draw and good luck to you guys!

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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2018, 09:05:05 PM »
Congrats on the tag. Plenty of cold creeks to soak feet in around that area, I do it all the time.

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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2018, 09:05:32 PM »
Looks like you need to get in touch with RT! Congrats on the draw and good luck the hunt :tup:
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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2018, 09:38:06 PM »
Looks like you need to get in touch with RT! Congrats on the draw and good luck the hunt :tup:
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2018, 09:42:55 PM »
Squaw Rock Resort has cabins, and is close. I've stayed there quite a few times over the years.

Good grub, affordable and BronYrAur Brewpub not that far down the hwy with great pizza too.  Whats not to like!

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #32 on: June 26, 2018, 10:05:45 PM »
Hunting camp and having a big ice chest stocked with ice just for soaking his feet, not hard to do at all....
Can always restock at Whistling Jack, Gold Creek, or Squaw Rock.

Glad you got drawn, have fun on your hunt  :tup:
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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2018, 09:22:25 AM »
Hunting camp and having a big ice chest stocked with ice just for soaking his feet, not hard to do at all....
Can always restock at Whistling Jack, Gold Creek, or Squaw Rock.

Glad you got drawn, have fun on your hunt  :tup:

That would be ideal, just making sure we explore any and all options.  Thanks for the well wishes, looking forward to spending 9 days in Godís country!

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« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2018, 04:20:41 PM »
If you guys want any help on your hunt PM me I would sure help out.

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« Reply #35 on: June 28, 2018, 07:20:36 AM »
What a great story and congrats to you guys.  People on here are just amazing and what makes this site great.  Good luck to you guys.  I hope to be able to follow you guys on here for your hunt.  I am sure you will make it a memorable one. 

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« Reply #36 on: June 28, 2018, 07:27:22 AM »
What a great story and congrats to you guys.  People on here are just amazing and what makes this site great.  Good luck to you guys.  I hope to be able to follow you guys on here for your hunt.  I am sure you will make it a memorable one.

Thank you!  Perhaps this tag was meant to be?  Whatever be the case weíre both humbled and feel lucky.  Now itís time to put boots on the ground and learn as much as we can.  Weíre both very greatful for the PMís and advice received this far. 

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2018, 07:39:39 AM »
Either camper or cabins would work. As said above, there are stores close by for ice, food, or whatever else you might need.

Also, that is a killer tag! There should be lots of fires up bulls fairly close to the road!

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #38 on: June 28, 2018, 08:11:54 AM »
For your particular situation, I highly recommend camping somewhere in the unit! The year I had this tag there was a bull going nuts right behind our camp every morning while we were getting ready. We never did hunt that bull but we would have had the option if needed. There WILL be elk along the river in the mornings and evenings. Iím not recommending you hunt there,  just saying by camping there you will have additional options/opportunities. The extra 30-40 minutes it takes to drive to a cabin could cost you opportunity. We day hunted the Wilderness and had an outstanding hunt, no need for guide/outfitter to kill a good bull but Iím sure it would be very fun. We took a full day off hunting after my bull.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #39 on: June 28, 2018, 08:59:21 AM »
The problem with a drop camp is you are committed to an area.  With the fire, I bet the behavior is really going to change this year and I wouldn't trust that anyone can predict where they are with 100% certainty.  If there aren't elk within a reasonable distance from your camp, you are in trouble.

That unit is easy to access from many different places and tons of good habitat within 1-2 miles reasonable walk from roads.  i would have a central camp that I could drive to a dozen spots within 45 minutes and be mobile unless you are really looking for a traditional backcountry experience.

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« Reply #40 on: June 29, 2018, 09:29:31 PM »
I have been on the trip with a drop camp by White pass outfitters, They did an outstanding job. Good camp, checked on us everyday. I made the mistake of passing on a 5 point opening morning, had one more opportunity but he winded me and bolting. Terry and company were awesome.

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« Reply #41 on: June 29, 2018, 09:35:22 PM »
Oh... I mean Kent, i'll be back up there using Kent next time I draw elk or goat!

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« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2018, 12:59:20 PM »
If it doesn't work out with him let me know I can give you a couple days all you need to do is to 300 yards off the Logging Road and ubgot a very good chance to get a bull.
My cousin had a long and lengthy battle with cancer a few years back and came out on top.  He went through months and months of chemo and other treatments and with Gods helping hand and determination heís currently cancer free.  That said, one of the major side effects with all the treatment is mobility in his feet.  He canít hike long distances but can get up and down rugged terrain, slow and steady.  He and I were visiting about the possibility of teaming up and applying as a 2 person group for muzzy elk in the Peaches Ridge area.  Heís accumulated (like many others) a boat load of points and Iím sitting on 13.  Letís skip forward and assume we get drawn; Iím well aware of the odds game so lets keep this discussion to the question at hand.

If we got drawn our plan would be to hire an Outfitter for a drop camp.  Given anyoneís experience, how far of a horseback ride would you want to get away from the roads?  Iíd say a 5-6 mile ride would be all he could handle given the issues with blood flow to his feet.  Once at camp, assuming we get dropped in the heart of elk country, whatís the likelihood of being able to call a bull within .5-1 mile from camp?  Do most drop camps setup a couple miles out of the good areas or could a guy get put right into elk given this scenario?  Any recommendations on Outfitters, drop camps, doís or donít would be greatly appreciated.  Thereís plenty of post on Peaches Ridge but this scenario is a bit different.

Thank you in advance for your input, I appreciate it!

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2018, 02:34:00 PM »
Thanks for all the offers, we both appreciate it very much.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #44 on: July 10, 2018, 09:29:13 PM »
Congrats on drawing. That's awesome! My buddy and I had the modern firearm tags for Peaches last year. It was a crazy year, hardly saw anything in the first week. Except for that 6 point that ran across the road the day before season opener! :bash: So when I had a 3x4 in my scope I decided to not be greedy. I helped my buddy during the second week and he ended up with a monster 6x7. His first branch antler. While we often go deep and always hunt hard, both elk were taken within moderate walks from roads. I understand that you want the backcountry experience, but you don't have to go deep into Norse Peak to be remote or get a good bull in Peaches.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp?
« Reply #45 on: July 25, 2018, 08:30:16 PM »
I 2nd that. You could pretty allmost guarantee a rag horn just road hunting with that tag. There r places in that unit you could be in wilderness within 200 yards as a crow flies
All good info, thank you very much.

All we ever hunt anymore is Idaho; actually have hunted N Idaho elk the past 25 years straight.  I started putting in for WA when I was hunting both states pretty hard but to be I havenít stepped foot in a WA unit in over a decade.  I, like most, feel committed to the points game in hopes someday Lady Luck strikes.

If you already hunt Idaho why not go for Sawtooth if your considering hiring a guide?  Same cost way better hunt.

If you are lucky enough to draw a peaches tag just hunt from a base camp. No need for an outfitter. If you want a backcountry experience, get it in Idaho.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #46 on: August 07, 2018, 03:22:48 PM »
Itís finally time, boots are hitting the ground for my first scouting trip this weekend.  Based on the research Iíve dont on Hunt WA alone, including poring over hundreds of past Peaches related posts and corresponding with several gracious fellow-hunters,
I feel like I have a great knowledge base.  That said, Iím going stir crazy staring at google earth!!  Hopefully the entire State will see some moisture soon, Woods are so dang dry itís spooky.

Thanks to everyone whoís helped this far.  I look forward to providing updates as I continue along the the Peaches journey, in addition to the two other epic tags I have this fall.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #47 on: August 07, 2018, 03:26:23 PM »
Well, you don't have to worry about a big chunk of Peaches catching fire this year.

Good luck and have fun, wish I had the tag.

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Re: Peaches Ridge / Drop Camp? (Update)
« Reply #48 on: August 12, 2018, 06:55:59 PM »
My cousin and I just got back from our first weekend scouting trip.  Was awesome to finally lay eyes on the Unit and hammer as many roads as possible in two days to get a lay of the land.  We focused our efforts on the Southern half of GMU 346.  What surprises me the most was the number of ORV trails / roads all throughout the area, it was unreal!  The place was crawling with dirt bIkeís, jeeps, etc.  Do the woods for the most part begin to clear out after Labor Day?  Our hunt doesnít kick off until end of September so I assume the mass majority of weekend warriors will have thinned our by then?

I plan on calling the Ranger District tmrw for guidance on UTV laws as Iím having a difficult time interpreting the rules.  As example, if we camped down low and i wanted to travel a mixed use road on my UTV (permitted use), if I have a licensed UTV can I travel the forest service road to gain access to the mixed use trail, or does the Forest Service expect me to trailer up?  On a few of the mixed use roads it dang near takes a Jeep to gain access, the thought of trailering my UTV is out of the question.

As always thanks for following along, this is going to be an amazing experience from beginning to end!

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