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Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« on: September 27, 2020, 12:47:19 PM »
Hi all - first time poster here, but not a new hunter. A bit about me:

I've been hunting almost as long as I can remember, starting with cottontails with a .410 in Missouri winter. All my folks hail from rural Missouri, but I've been in WA since toddler days, courtesy of the Air Force and my dad getting stationed at (then) McChord. He kept the hunting tradition alive in his boys, and it's only gotten stronger with time for me, as I started a family of my own. Time and proximity has always been the hard part, but with my kids getting a bit older now and hopefully joining me soon, I expect my adventures outside to only become more frequent.

I'm probably a bit late to the party here, but just wanted to post that my brother and I drew the 2 available cow moose tags for the Douglas 108 unit as a group this year, after some absurd number of points spent. I'm by no means a moose expert (or an expert on anything, for that matter), but if I can be of assistance to those that drew the bull moose permits, let's connect! I've been scouting on a couple of weekends, and I've caught a few small bulls in trail cams, but no cows. Also, if anyone has any tips for moose in this unit, I won't turn away the advice!

Also, I can't get a straight answer out of Hancock - do they allow motorized access through Harrier Creek Rd, Pick Rd, and the like? I'm not seeing any gates whatsoever on Hancock land, and despite the current closure, have seen pickups (and even a wall tent) on their parcels. Maybe it's a don't ask, don't tell situation?

Anyway, thanks all, glad to be here (should have signed up years ago) and looking forward to sharing in stories and being of assistance.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 12:54:18 PM »
Hancock allows hunting and access normally, but currently their lands have been closed due to fire danger, but that may be lifted soon since it recently rained. You will need to check if the closure has been lifted, you risk getting ticketed if they don't open it.
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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 01:04:04 PM »
Thanks bearpaw!

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 02:35:13 PM »
Forest circus and DNR both returned to stage 1 restrictions on Saturday so Id assume Hancock also did

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 04:05:41 PM »
Some hancock land is gated with signs stating no motorized travel.  Much of it is not.  If its not gated and posted non motorized, you are good to drive in.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 04:52:02 PM »
Thanks Bango, Highcountry.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2020, 05:04:44 PM »
Looks like the FS rescinded this ban they set up on 9/11: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd802635.pdf

Clicking on the order on this page shows they rescinded it on 9/23: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/colville/alerts-notices

Of course, DNR is still banning campfires.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2020, 02:28:01 PM »
So far, no luck. I don't know if it was the heat, wolves, pressure or what, but our moose sightings were few and far between; I saw more bears than moose! I did see a fork-horned bull in the NF, and my dad and brother found a few other bulls, but fresh sign was hard to come by. I did connect with one of the early season bull hunters (shoutout to Cory and his brothers), who had called in some bulls at the beginning of the season, but no shooters; they called in more wolves than bulls. I'm not giving up though - heading back in mid-November when the leaves are hopefully gone and snow is on the ground.

Definitely want to thank Jerome and sagemd on the forum for sending me pointers - very appreciative of you guys taking the time. And also Jesse, if he's here on the forum, for taking the time to write paragraphs of information on a piece of cardboard and dropping it off at my camp. We live in an awesome tribe - I hope I can repay the kindness and pay it forward!

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2020, 07:30:58 PM »
I don't know much. But in my few days of hunting and looking for them. I only ever saw them in about the first 2 hrs of daylight. After that they seemed to go into thick stuff, that's when I jumped a couple that I never saw, and where less than 20' away, but so thick I couldn't see them. First light and last light are the ticket. I would be more for first light, because of the amount of work you are soon to have ;). I wish you luck, and hope you guys connect. The ones I saw where eating in side hill clear cuts at first light.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2020, 09:49:54 PM »
After that they seemed to go into thick stuff, that's when I jumped a couple that I never saw, and where less than 20' away, but so thick I couldn't see them.

Yup, I did this a few times too, heavy crashes I thought were moose at least, could have been a surprised bear that quieted down quick. And the amount of snort-wheezes from whitetails were by far the most numerous thing I encountered. Crazy to run into whitetail bucks at 5K feet...

Thanks ibuyre, appreciate the well wishes and happy to hear you connected with your cow! Hoping the cold shorter days in November has them out a bit more and bit longer.

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2020, 06:51:05 AM »
Moose are a lot easier to spot when the leaves are off the trees and maybe a bit of snow on the ground.  Don't have to compete with the yellow jackets and flies either.  Douglas is a good unit with a lot of the proper aged clearcuts.  Look for spots where you can glass into the cuts that have 8-12' alders/willows from a distance.  With the leaves off you will be able to spot the ubiquitous "4x8 sheet of black plywood" easily a mile away with binos.  Then it is just a matter of picking the correct road to get closer, which is sometimes harder than spotting the moose.  You'll get your cow :)

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Re: Douglas 108 Cow Moose
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2020, 11:57:26 AM »
Thanks Caseknife. That's my hope!

 


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