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Offline Woodlandbrew

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Accessing the east side from the west
« on: July 21, 2019, 06:31:37 PM »
Hey, yíall! I have a quick question that I canít seem to get an answer on. Iím looking at accessing an east side elk unit from the west side. Iím just wondering about the legality of such a thing. It seems like it should be fine, but the idea of running into a warden at a west side trailhead with an elk(if I should be so lucky) and a east side tag might raise some awkward conversations. Any info would be much appreciated!

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2019, 06:37:26 PM »
Simply notify them (wdfw warden specific if possible) of your intentions ahead of time.......

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2019, 06:39:32 PM »
Hey, yíall! I have a quick question that I canít seem to get an answer on. Iím looking at accessing an east side elk unit from the west side. Iím just wondering about the legality of such a thing. It seems like it should be fine, but the idea of running into a warden at a west side trailhead with an elk(if I should be so lucky) and a east side tag might raise some awkward conversations. Any info would be much appreciated!
Pics of downed animal with geo tags on them would probably help with that
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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2019, 06:43:39 PM »
Thanks!

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2019, 06:49:20 PM »
Worse case, plan on a hike back to the kill site.   :dunno:
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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2019, 06:53:24 PM »
It won't raise an eyebrow.  It's actually quite common in several places, even Idaho access to hunt wa. 

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2019, 07:11:46 PM »
It won't raise an eyebrow.  It's actually quite common in several places, even Idaho access to hunt wa.

Far as I know there's no law saying you must show the WDFW officer where you killed the animal.

You are required to show a license, tag or permit, or display wildlife taken when asked by a WDFW officer or other enforcement officer, but I haven't seen anything saying you must go with an Officer to show them where you harvested that animal.   Quite likely I wouldn't be able to anyways, physically exhausted to go back in miles to show them some blood...heck with that.

However if I would protect myself by marking GPS coords of the shot and the final resting place/gutting area of the animal. 

« Last Edit: July 21, 2019, 07:25:24 PM by KFhunter »

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2019, 08:15:30 PM »
What would be the course of action if you shot an animal in one unit, and it went into the neighboring unit?  E to W, open to closed unit, etc.  Im guessing you can recover but not shoot again if needed?

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2019, 09:15:15 PM »
You don't need to notify anyone.

Simply hunt legally.

If you have an E Wa tag, hunt there.  How you access it does not matter.
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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2019, 05:31:13 AM »
I agree. Man,y many people enter a specific tag unit from a different area. Happens every day of hunting season I'm sure. To me its no different than living in the Winston unit and drawing a tag in a different unit. Have to access it from somewhere.

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2019, 05:37:46 AM »
2nd the idea of taking pics should it come to be an issue but probably wont

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2019, 06:09:41 AM »
A warden may wish to see the kill site or want to see a blood trail if the animal crossed a boundary after the shot IF he suspects any wrongdoing or to clear the hunter if there are any accusations. As others have said, hunt legally and ethically. :tup:

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2019, 06:53:53 AM »
I'm actually curious about showing a warden a kill site. I have heard of a couple different folks who have had to go back to show wardens kill sites (not sure if voluntary or not on their part) but I don't know if it was immediately or later. I'd have a hard time leaving an animal I just hauled out of the woods to the truck and not getting it in and processed. Seems like a recipe for spoiled meat.

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2019, 12:10:33 PM »
I had a friend that needed to clear his name after a picture was posted of his bear in camp with a bag of mineral salt that could be seen in the background. Someone saw it on a forum and called WDFW, accusing him of baiting.

(The salt was there for trail cam bait. Does anyone bait bear with salt???).

My friend was asked if he would take the warden to the kill site days later....He met with the warden, drove the 45 miles to the hunt area, walked through his hunt showing his shooting position, the bears position and the gut pile, which most remained despite the Aug heat.
In the end, my friend was exonerated and the warden shook his hand and congratulated him on a great hunt.

A great takeaway from his experience is If you are posting pictures, be sure that there isn't anything that could be misinterpreted.

I don't think he's ever posted anything since.

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Re: Accessing the east side from the west
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2019, 02:00:37 PM »
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