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Offline buckfvr

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2019, 07:08:41 PM »
I would start out by going straight to the harvest reports at wdfw to decide on an area.......n.e. wa. elk dont come easy.  Washington elk dont come easy.  Harvest reports to begin with.  In the north east corner, wolves are pushing the elk constantly, so unless you are able to keep them located right up to the day you hunt, you can be hunting animals that have since moved on......

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2019, 07:13:15 PM »
In your situation, I would not even consider Eastside. Terrain and evironment are easily matched in any of the states you refered to, minus the elk population and/or opportunity to go along with it.

The westside offers completely different terrain and weather along with subspecies in alot if it. Private timber holds the highest density from population standpoint but the west cascades and the Olympics have some very nice animals. Albeit few and far between.

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2019, 07:47:43 PM »
I vote westside.   :twocents:
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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2019, 07:57:45 PM »
Both.
I would settle for nothing less.
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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2019, 08:01:01 PM »
For your bow hunting, I'd say westside.  For long range rifle, I'd say Eastside.  I can't really think of any wilderness on the westside where you can pack in and be ten miles from a road, maybe five miles?

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2019, 08:41:06 PM »
I grew up hunting the wet side. Back than you could drive backroads for three counties and never touch payment. Lots of logging and game. Now it’s all gated.

I spend zero time hunting west side except for waterfowl ,bears and yote.

Rather hunt the east. More access and more game.  Better experience.
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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2019, 09:35:41 PM »
I’ve stuck with the East side for a number of reasons:
Loved the terrain
Weather
Guys I hunted with
Solid  four weeks of hunting (early&late archery)

There’s a lot of value in a “quality hunting experience”. I’ve had a lot of great ones where no blood was spilled.

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2019, 05:12:25 AM »
If time and money isn't a concern and you know Idaho and Wyoming well, I'm not sure why you would consider spending your fall in Washington.

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2019, 05:16:06 AM »
please define this "quality hunting experience" with regards to WA State

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2019, 09:06:17 AM »
If time and money isn't a concern and you know Idaho and Wyoming well, I'm not sure why you would consider spending your fall in Washington.
Because he has done the other ones, and he would like to try washington out. seems reasonable to me.

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2019, 02:49:57 PM »
Don’t want a hot a spot and I’m used to serious terrain. NE sounds like a good time. If I can get back 20 plus miles I’d be right at home. I’d stay back there for however long the season goes here, which seems pretty short unfortunately.

Based on the kind of hunting you have been doing I think a guy like you would find and kill elk on the north eastside. Just because of  terrain, weather and number of people seems like eastside would be a better experience. This is only from taking my son deer hunting there as a youth hunter but I found lots of little pockets of elk.  I have never big game hunted myself in Washington  :chuckle: so take it with a grain of salt I guess. 

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2019, 08:50:32 PM »
Number of people in the NE is incredibly high.  You can still get away from people comparatively speaking on the west side.  Imo makes for better experience, plus better odds when experienced to harvest.  Little known insider info. just to share.
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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2019, 09:25:43 PM »
Stick to the west side, it will be different than Idaho or Wyoming. I’ve hunted the westside for several years and rarely see any hunters outside of my party on weekdays. Also I filled my tag 3 of the past 5years and see or hear elk most days. I say that to reinforce that you don’t have to follow the crowds, there are lots of elk out there, just not a lot of BIG elk. If you take your time and learn an area you can find elk and have a great time on the west side.

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Re: East vs West hunting experience
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2019, 05:29:37 PM »
Harvest reports dont mean crap. I'd find a unit that you can scout and put boots on the ground . If your a good elk hunter you will do fine .
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