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Tucannon Rifle elk
« on: June 13, 2019, 08:38:27 AM »
Somehow I got lucky once again! Used up all of my bull points last year, and now all of my quality points are gone! I drew the tucannon oct 21 hunt and Iím pumped!
Should I go with a drop camp though? You guys think that is the best way to hunt this unit? Or just day hunt and spike out for a night or two at a time?
Iím hoping to beat the bull I killed last year, might be tough to do though 😬 thanks for any help and advice! Really appreciate it! Iíll attach a pic of last years bull.

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 08:48:03 AM »
Congrats man! Wish I knew something about the unit so I could help you out.
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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 09:18:51 AM »
A drawback to the drop camp is you are stuck in a smaller area.  I know a guy that did one on the same tag a few years ago and he wished he hadn't done a drop camp. 

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 09:30:27 AM »
Do you have backpacking gear?
If you do, and you're comfortable in that regard, I'd do that. If not, I'd get a hold of mtncook on here and talk to him about a drop camp. You're limited to a smaller area, but he'll put you in a good area and you won't be next to the road. You can still cover ground from your drop camp as you would if you were hunting from the truck daily. Plus that's a really cool experience. The quintessential western hunting experience. That's a bonus for  me. Your mileage may vary.

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 09:48:37 AM »
Definitely day hunt or spike out over night

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 10:17:32 AM »
Congratz on the draw!! :tup: Great bull also! I have often thought the same as you If I ever drew a blues tag I would do the outfitter thing and live the life for the duration of the season. However, I have spent some time in that unit (not a pro by any means) and IMO it would limit me and be the exception. There are few areas where horses are going to be big benefit (camp wise) compared to the Wenaha. And given the animals I saw within a day hunt from the main access roads I would not want to overlook those areas. Good backpacking gear and experience and you will have a great time in this unit. You could check into meat pack service because if done right that would make a great hunt even better, but my experience with that have been hit and miss. More missing than hitting unless you have personal contacts.

Again congrats on the draw! Good luck :tup:

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 10:31:51 AM »
Congrats bolsen!  I will be just over the hill from you hunting big bulls in Dayton with a rifle.  I had the tag 13 years ago and I liked the ability of being able travel around the entire area and hunt different spots.  It worked good for us 13 years ago and I hope it will work good for me again this year!

By the way, what unit did you kill your bull in last year?  Great bull!
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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 10:34:33 AM »
Thank you all for the replies and the good info!! Sounds like the general consensus is to day hunt and spike in! So thatís what Iím going to plan on doing. Canít wait to get over there to start scouting!
Good luck in Dayton dvolmer! Youíll kill a giant!

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 06:36:03 PM »
I hunted it before. I wouldnít do a drop camp personally. I would try to stay mobile and have a car camp and have a lightweight camp ready to backpack if necessary.   

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2019, 11:22:13 PM »
Thank you all for the replies and the good info!! Sounds like the general consensus is to day hunt and spike in! So thatís what Iím going to plan on doing. Canít wait to get over there to start scouting!
Good luck in Dayton dvolmer! Youíll kill a giant!
Just a little bit of a tip that I found out last time we had these tags and when I have helped others on this hunt.  Scouting now is a good thing to see the lay of the land and access points.  But, actually scouting for the elk will sort of be a waste of time right now.  When our seasons start the elk are in the post rut mode.  The places the elk are now is not going to be where they will be during our season.  They will be in different spots during the rut and then the bulls during the season will be by themselves or in small groups of two's and three's.  Some rag horns might still be with the cows but the big boys will have pulled off and be by themselves.  The best scouting is the two or three days before the opener. 
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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2019, 08:36:06 AM »
Congratulations on a great tag! No doubt weíll all be rooting for you and following your story! Beau Olson of Wilderness Expeditions LLC does an outstanding job and works really hard for his clients. He would be a great resource for you as well, either drop camp or guided hunt. Best of luck to you and enjoy the whole process!


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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2019, 12:27:45 PM »
I dont think beau does the tucannon, i might be wrong though.

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2019, 12:31:24 PM »
Nevermind i miss spoke he does i thought he did east wenha and mountain view but i looked and he does tucannon and east wenha

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2019, 02:30:47 PM »
Nevermind i miss spoke he does i thought he did east wenha and mountain view but i looked and he does tucannon and east wenha

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Re: Tucannon Rifle elk
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2019, 05:03:40 PM »
I'm here to tell you. I would do a drop camp and enjoy the hunt. Have someone pack it out for you. I've spent more time in those 4 units than most the last 4 yrs and would pay the money. You have waited 21 yrs. Enjoy the hunt and experience the backcountry. You will not regret it.

 


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