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Offline b0bbyg

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2020, 08:54:55 AM »
I am pretty sure bear is open everywhere and overlaps just about anyplace you would hunt Elk or Deer in the fall.
SW Wa has some pretty thick areas, I have made the mistake of thinking I can just pick through this little thick patch, pretty soon I am swimming through it just trying to find the exit.  :chuckle:


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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2020, 09:43:16 AM »
I am pretty sure bear is open everywhere and overlaps just about anyplace you would hunt Elk or Deer in the fall.
SW Wa has some pretty thick areas, I have made the mistake of thinking I can just pick through this little thick patch, pretty soon I am swimming through it just trying to find the exit.  :chuckle:

Yes did that twice this last year and realized exactly how out of shape I am. Is it better in other places ie higher altitudes, I spent most of my time this last year in the public land just south of Mayfield. I did go up into the Gifford Pincho just off 508 but that was super steep so it felt like I wasted a day.

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2020, 09:51:34 AM »
Effort meaning scouting and hunting hard.  Guys that show up for elk season and drive around are rarely successful.  Guys that scout a lot, pattern the animals, and hunt hard are successful yearly or close to it.  Even with scouting, its hard to show up for opening weekend and expect to be successful.  Sometimes you are, but often the critters aren't where you thought they'd be, people push them, or a million other things go wrong.  Hunting the entire season or at least as much of it as you can makes all the difference.

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2020, 12:25:58 PM »
So Iíve been doing some reading about bear habits/habitat here in WA. Iíve read a few threads here and a couple articles for various outlets but a lot of that covers basics, which I need. I even went to a seminar with bearmanric at cabelas to learn some calling stuff but Iím not sure where to start scouting. Is reading the harvest reports for a GMU a good way to determine if itís a good place to hunt or would it be better to hunt surrounding areas. Logic being that if an area has had a lot of animals harvested then there wonít be as many next year, especially species that arenít hunted sex specific


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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2020, 12:44:59 PM »
So Iíve been doing some reading about bear habits/habitat here in WA. Iíve read a few threads here and a couple articles for various outlets but a lot of that covers basics, which I need. I even went to a seminar with bearmanric at cabelas to learn some calling stuff but Iím not sure where to start scouting. Is reading the harvest reports for a GMU a good way to determine if itís a good place to hunt or would it be better to hunt surrounding areas. Logic being that if an area has had a lot of animals harvested then there wonít be as many next year, especially species that arenít hunted sex specific


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Look at the harvest reports for a few years and pick a unit that has consistently higher harvest than other areas and you will be on the right track. Then find the food sources in that unit and you will find the bear.
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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2020, 01:39:36 PM »

Look at the harvest reports for a few years and pick a unit that has consistently higher harvest than other areas and you will be on the right track. Then find the food sources in that unit and you will find the bear.

Ok thank you for the info. Iím going to plug around on the wdfw site and see what I can find.


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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2020, 07:29:27 AM »
I see this hasn't had any postings for a while, but if you are tracking it, here is my two cents.
Invest in the best pair of Binoculars you can afford and get comfortable using them.
As for Washington State,
I have shot a lot of elk and deer over the last 45 years.
There are still plenty animals to be had if you put in the time and boot leather.
Also, don't get discouraged, that is your worst enemy.
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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2020, 05:50:11 PM »
I am pretty sure bear is open everywhere and overlaps just about anyplace you would hunt Elk or Deer in the fall.
SW Wa has some pretty thick areas, I have made the mistake of thinking I can just pick through this little thick patch, pretty soon I am swimming through it just trying to find the exit.  :chuckle:

Been there, too! Swimming is the only verb to properly describe it

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2020, 06:14:25 PM »


Good advice right there, I like to pretend I am bear hunting during august, mostly I am scouting for Elk and deer as I archery hunt in Sept stuffing my face with huckleberries and taking naps.

Hey, me too  :chuckle:

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2020, 08:12:10 AM »


Good advice right there, I like to pretend I am bear hunting during august, mostly I am scouting for Elk and deer as I archery hunt in Sept stuffing my face with huckleberries and taking naps.

Hey, me too  :chuckle:

lol,  My daughter has joined me for a few scouting trips when she knew the berries were ripe.   :tup:

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #25 on: Yesterday at 06:28:30 PM »
As someone else who is new to hunting. Bear hunting is not something I have thought of as a good starting point. You guys have definitely opened my eyes to the idea. Specially after hearing that small game wasnít very prevalent in my area before I moved. With all that being said would this be something one could use a shotgun or a bow to harvest? I do understand my odds are against me, but as a safety and ethics or. Is this strictly game geared more to rifle hunting.

Sorry 172ndVet I have been watching for awhile and donít mean to start your thread down a different path

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Re: Brand New Hunter and new to the area
« Reply #26 on: Yesterday at 06:43:44 PM »
As someone else who is new to hunting. Bear hunting is not something I have thought of as a good starting point. You guys have definitely opened my eyes to the idea. Specially after hearing that small game wasnít very prevalent in my area before I moved. With all that being said would this be something one could use a shotgun or a bow to harvest? I do understand my odds are against me, but as a safety and ethics or. Is this strictly game geared more to rifle hunting.

Sorry 172ndVet I have been watching for awhile and donít mean to start your thread down a different path

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