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Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:04:12 AM »
There has been alot of doom and gloom on here regarding the status of the deer herds in these two counties.  With all the early snow and cold temps it seems that this could be an epic season if the deer numbers are there.  I'd love to hear some first hand reports of what guys are seeing in these counties now that the season is on. 

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 08:08:53 AM »
Its been a concern of mine.  Usually with weather like this, it is an epic harvest, and down for the next 2 to 3 years.   Considering how poor the shape the herd is in, I have been concerned how detrimental this year could be.   My eyes have been on that weather forecast.   

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 08:16:32 AM »
So far...low harvest and the snow melted on the south facing slopes clear up to 6,000 ft (and above) so the mature deer (both bucks and does) didn't come all the way down. I was "back home" last weekend for the opener, and a full harvest moon lit up the nights sky Friday night, and on Saturday morning it was 17 degrees, which meant the deer bedded down and really didn't get up until the sun came all the way up, as they had their cud to feed on in the morning and didn't want to use up energy (stayed in their beds). We didn't see a lot of deer activity until 9:00 AM and by then a lot of the hunters had given up for the morning hunt...I know of a handful of bucks taken, but no backcountry mature bucks in the lowlands...reports from the backcountry are a lot of deer sign (again, feeding at night, bedding until mid-day) and tough hunting conditions due to the snow (what's left) being super crunchy...One more week and the pressure will be off.

Temps are rising and rain is expected this weekend... :)

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 08:21:30 AM »
we are already seeing groups of does down in town which is pretty early. No snow except for up high so not sure what is pushing them lower
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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2019, 08:29:36 AM »
Pretty normal up here where I live, local Deer only so far. Snow line is around 7000. 
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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2019, 08:32:32 AM »
So far...low harvest and the snow melted on the south facing slopes clear up to 6,000 ft (and above) so the mature deer (both bucks and does) didn't come all the way down. I was "back home" last weekend for the opener, and a full harvest moon lit up the nights sky Friday night, and on Saturday morning it was 17 degrees, which meant the deer bedded down and really didn't get up until the sun came all the way up, as they had their cud to feed on in the morning and didn't want to use up energy (stayed in their beds). We didn't see a lot of deer activity until 9:00 AM and by then a lot of the hunters had given up for the morning hunt...I know of a handful of bucks taken, but no backcountry mature bucks in the lowlands...reports from the backcountry are a lot of deer sign (again, feeding at night, bedding until mid-day) and tough hunting conditions due to the snow (what's left) being super crunchy...One more week and the pressure will be off.

Temps are rising and rain is expected this weekend... :)

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Thats exactly what I was hopeful for.   NOAA predicted another whopper to hit us this week.  So far it stalled or was delayed and warmer temps look to make it rain instead of snow. 

Tough sport or hobby.  You want to praise success, but on the other hand, you hope for herd health.   They really need to manage better. 

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2019, 09:11:02 AM »
In my opinion, I believe that the State has no idea what condition our deer herds are in. I have been a subscriber to Bowhunter magazine for years. Every year they put out an issue with an article that gives the hunting info on each states' deer hunting. For the past several years the herd numbers for Washington, provided by the state, says 100,000 BT, 100,000 MD, and 100,000 WT. No change at all. And yes I am aware that I am siting only one example to back up my opinion.

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2019, 09:26:47 AM »
So far...low harvest and the snow melted on the south facing slopes clear up to 6,000 ft (and above) so the mature deer (both bucks and does) didn't come all the way down. I was "back home" last weekend for the opener, and a full harvest moon lit up the nights sky Friday night, and on Saturday morning it was 17 degrees, which meant the deer bedded down and really didn't get up until the sun came all the way up, as they had their cud to feed on in the morning and didn't want to use up energy (stayed in their beds). We didn't see a lot of deer activity until 9:00 AM and by then a lot of the hunters had given up for the morning hunt...I know of a handful of bucks taken, but no backcountry mature bucks in the lowlands...reports from the backcountry are a lot of deer sign (again, feeding at night, bedding until mid-day) and tough hunting conditions due to the snow (what's left) being super crunchy...One more week and the pressure will be off.

Temps are rising and rain is expected this weekend... :)

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Lot of does, seen a couple more bears, fresh cat tracks in the snow way up top. Pretty discouraging for me! 

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2019, 09:33:05 AM »
We backpacked in to our high buck spot and hunted up to 8k and then got dumped on and wasted a few days in the snow. Deer were working down and we caught back up to them around 6500 and i think they held up there but they were definitely headed down Sunday/Monday.

One mature backcountry buck was taken by our group and it is fat fat fat. Fewer deer but they looked healthy


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Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 09:46:32 AM »
5500í ish in the Pearrygin unit over the weekend.



Saw no deer in the snow but didnít look very hard. Snow was noisy and we didnít walk much in it. It was 20 degrees or so Saturday morning. Saw more deer down close to conconully on the outskirts of town but didnít see any legal bucks, Nevermind any mature bucks. Saw a group of at least 5 2 point bucks together and saw 25+ does in 2 days of hunting. That hunting was some hiking, some glassing and admittedly some road hunting. Honestly didnít hunt very hard and it was my first time ever in that area. Maybe could have seen more deer if we knew where we were going and if we spent some more time in our boots.



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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2019, 10:16:30 AM »
5500í ish in the Pearrygin unit over the weekend.



Saw no deer in the snow but didnít look very hard. Snow was noisy and we didnít walk much in it. It was 20 degrees or so Saturday morning. Saw more deer down close to conconully on the outskirts of town but didnít see any legal bucks, Nevermind any mature bucks. Saw a group of at least 5 2 point bucks together and saw 25+ does in 2 days of hunting. That hunting was some hiking, some glassing and admittedly some road hunting. Honestly didnít hunt very hard and it was my first time ever in that area. Maybe could have seen more deer if we knew where we were going and if we spent some more time in our boots.




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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2019, 10:21:20 AM »
My friend saw 23 does and one spike in the Alta unit in 3 days of hunting. I hope the hunters success remains low over there.

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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2019, 10:58:21 AM »
I know of two very nice bucks taken, one of them their biggest to date.  It's very likely you'll be seeing their report here after they get out of the high country.   ;) ;)

In the Alta unit, one of my friends passed up two on Sunday, and took the third they saw.  My brother got his, a local buck.




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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2019, 11:10:33 AM »
I have spent a lot of time and covered a lot of ground in the Chelan County areas during archery Muzzy and preseason. In most of my normal haunts/areas, the mule deer population is way down on cameras and actual sightings.
I covered a ton of ground last weekend of Muzzy just driving the roads, I could go for miles at a time in the snow and never see a deer or track. Very glad my quality permit is in a different area than this.
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Re: Muley Reports Chelan and Okanogan Counties
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2019, 12:34:21 PM »
There were several camps that were heading out early on Sunday Morning, where We were.  They must've been heading home early, or moving higher.  Snow level was above 5000ft & not much.   

 


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