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Headed to Wenaha Tomorrow - But have a Question
« on: May 10, 2021, 07:58:04 PM »
Leaving tomorrow night for the first of three trips to the Wenaha for spring bear. Iíve spent a ton of time in the blues down quite a ways in OR shed hunting, but this will be my first time in that unit.  Iíve poured over the maps, done my Google Earth/OnX homework and know exactly which ridge systems Iím trying to get to. Driving HWY 12 over to Asotin from Mossyrock, then 129 down to Troy and then up into the Blue from there. Never hunted spring bear and never hunted bear on the east side.  Everyone Iíve spoken with said to get high and glass all day and look for patches of wild onions. Iím assuming from a distance this looks like green grass. My question is, do these onion patches grow high on ridgetops or only down in the ravines near water? Trying to gauge in advance what kind of viewing angles I need to be setting up for. Any other tips for a long time hunter, first time drawing a spring bear kind of guy?

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Re: Headed to Wenaha Tomorrow - But have a Question
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2021, 08:15:07 PM »
2/3 of the way up on south facing slopes.
Youíll smell the onions and see the ruts from where the bears have been digging. Good luck and look at a few bears. Enjoy it!
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Re: Headed to Wenaha Tomorrow - But have a Question
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2021, 10:04:51 PM »
bears start low and work their way up the mountain in the spring as the food lowest is the greenest first and they basically follow it up as it grows.

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Re: Headed to Wenaha Tomorrow - But have a Question
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2021, 06:34:51 AM »
Make sure to top off your gas in asotin, can't rely on gas in troy all the time.  Sounds like its crowded this year in that lower part, that's the part of the internet I hate, used to be quiet down there.  If you are planning to hit the 3 forks, pick a ridge and go, I hope you sprayed down with permethrin, it helps keep the ticks off you.  BE patient, like you have been told, glass the hill sides and watch that damn wind.  When you see a bear, give it some time to make sure basketball size cubs aren't hiding in the grass, if the bear is feeding, you have time.  You'll absolutely love the country, if you like to hike, it's steep and long.  Lots of bears around!  You probably won't make it up the 40 rd very far, probably a couple miles past the 4039 and then you'll get snowed out, be carful and take a shovel with you.  Good luck, you have a great tag.  Wish I could tag along.
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