collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.  (Read 4823 times)

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« on: July 08, 2021, 05:38:41 AM »
So I have a friend that got the tag in the draws.
Basically you can hunt mule deer Durring the late season.
All the areas I have suggested to him have been hit hard by wolves and the mule deer in those areas are hit and miss.
Definitely not Great mule deer areas any more.
Since they only give one tag a year it's almost like an oil tag.
I'm definitely would be grateful for any suggestions,pointing in the right direction,Tips,Honey Hole,or any help would be great.
He will hunt the tag with or without help,so no need to get angry about me asking.
PM always welcome.
Thanks
Mike.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline trophyhunt

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+11)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 16480
  • Location: Wetside
  • Groups: Wa Wild Sheep Life Member
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2021, 06:23:59 AM »
With one tag, I hope you guys get some advice.  I know nothing or I would help, good luck. Maybe you guys will find a needle in the haystack.
“In common with”..... not so much!!

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2021, 06:34:02 AM »
With one tag, I hope you guys get some advice.  I know nothing or I would help, good luck. Maybe you guys will find a needle in the haystack.
Thanks for the luck....
5-10 years ago it would of been a slam dunk tag.
But with the wolves in the picture I'm afraid your right about the needle in the haystack.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Online str8meat

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jun 2011
  • Posts: 291
  • Location: central washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2021, 07:02:00 AM »
Hunted monumental mountain couple years ago, when picking huckleberries the mulies were plentiful as we saw some really good bucks. But when season was open all we saw were wolf tracks. Good luck with permit.
watch yer top knot

Offline Ridgeratt

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+9)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 4645
  • IBEW 73 (Retired)
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2021, 07:10:46 AM »
2020 harvest reports show very little success on Mulies.

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/management/game-harvest/2020/deer-individual

Offline avidnwoutdoorsman

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2019
  • Posts: 356
  • Location: Northwest
  • Groups: NWTF, PF, TU, DU, BCWF, NRA, BCH&A
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2021, 08:18:41 AM »
The problem is that you can hunt this tag early season and yes, muleys are hard to come by in this unit. So I dont know how willingly people are going to give up "their" muley spots.

None the less, sent a PM with some hopefully helpful details in it for your buddy.

I pulled a nice 4 pt muley out of that unit (no eye guards). They are around, just not where you may think.

Good luck.
Keep Calm Gobble On

Offline baldopepper

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2010
  • Posts: 1616
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2021, 09:09:06 AM »
Mule deer around me are concentrated down lower close to the lake. Actually a pretty good herd around, but they hang out mostly on private property. On the late hunt it seems to me they have been pushed heavily down to the private property near the lake. Couple of nice bucks near my house, but they are only big 2 points and that's not uncommon around me. Make sure you look closely before shooting as some of these big two points have nice racks that from a distance make you think they must be legal. We find one dead and left almost every year. Got 10" of snow on the late hunt last year, so come prepared

Offline Seabass

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2011
  • Posts: 444
  • Location: Coeur d’ Alene
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2021, 10:16:51 AM »
I would echo baldopepper...I filmed a really nice buck in that unit last summer. It was in an alfalfa field 2 miles out of Hunter's. I have hunted that unit exclusively for the last 30 years. The buck I saw last summer was the only good one I have seen in 10 years.

I would love to help the tag holder but I got nothin.

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2021, 06:48:14 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advise. I will remind my friend of the three point rule ,I'm sure he knows though.
The success rate for last year looks pretty bad.
Snow chains on his truck might be needed.
Unless we have a late start to winter.
So I will rely most of the info I got so far.
Any more advise PM me or reply on this topic.
Thanks Guys.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline Mtnwalker

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Posts: 1306
  • Location: Selah
  • Groups: NRA RMEF MDF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2021, 08:29:30 AM »
It doesn't make sense why they offer a mule deer only quality tag, why not make it an any buck tag. Good luck on the hunt

Offline buckfvr

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 3908
  • Location: PREDATOR PIT UNIT 121
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2021, 08:55:24 AM »
"Quality" is the key word there, if a guy wants to make meat, hunt the latter part of late whitetail that overlaps the mule tag so you can opt for meat.   :twocents:

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2021, 09:09:47 AM »
"Quality" is the key word there, if a guy wants to make meat, hunt the latter part of late whitetail that overlaps the mule tag so you can opt for meat.   :twocents:
I'm almost 100% sure he would agree with ya .
And drop a decent whitetail if opportunity presents itself while mule deer hunting.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline Kvw4x4

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Oct 2016
  • Posts: 84
  • Location: Blaine Washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2021, 08:28:27 AM »
pm sent

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2021, 09:48:38 AM »
Just wanted to bump this up a bit.
His permit opens Nov 3.  So........
When do the mule deer rut normally take place in NE WA or Washington in general.
Maybe some new advise may pop up here as Alot of hunters in the woods ,little more people on HW.
Anyway PM always welcome on the honey hole or just in general,or post it here.
Just thinking if we can time the rut a little his chances will be just that much better on getting some eyes on a mulely buck.
Thank you.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2021, 09:54:05 AM by hunter399 »
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 46968
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2021, 11:29:35 AM »
About the only thing this tag is good for is burning some points out of the point pool, and because it’s pretty much timed with the whitetail hunts,   It’s not like you are alone in the woods.  That being said,  I’ve seen one hawg on Monumental, and two beautiful 4 points on the hill by Gifford.   Currently you are more likely to kill an elk there than a Muley.   

Offline boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 46968
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2021, 11:41:33 AM »
One thing for him to ponder is that the Spokane’s have aggressively been working on the wolves and there are mule deer down that way. If I recall, huckleberry goes down to the line.   No idea what land ownership is like.   That was always the tough thing for me chasing whitetails and moose there. 

Offline LDennis24

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2010
  • Posts: 2211
  • Location: Revere
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2021, 04:01:28 PM »
On another note, I was up on Monumental this August and noticed some cleaned up carcasses on the North side and alot of turkey feathers dumped in an area that had about fifty fish carcasses. Someone was clearly poaching and cleaning up their quarry in that area. The West side off Monumental between the tower and the junction where the old cabin sat on top is usually full of deer. I saw a lot of mule deer from the same areas Bone is speaking of. Don't know if they found alot of poached deer but I still saw plenty of live ones. I also noticed some of the public land up there is posted no trespassing so be careful where you are.

Offline buckfvr

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 3908
  • Location: PREDATOR PIT UNIT 121
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2021, 04:35:59 PM »
"usually full of, and lots of mule"   :o

Offline LDennis24

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2010
  • Posts: 2211
  • Location: Revere
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2021, 04:48:07 PM »
Lol, yeah I saw plenty of deer up there, some elk too. On the South East side in the thicker timber. I was able to drive almost all of it as I needed access to the tower for work. I couldn't tell you where private land ends and public begins everywhere but I still saw the deer. And on my drives home along 25 I saw plenty of mule deer as well.

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2021, 07:13:57 PM »
Thanks guys again.
I'll start looking at onx along the river and around a few areas that have been PM to me.
Thanks.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline Kvw4x4

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Oct 2016
  • Posts: 84
  • Location: Blaine Washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2021, 09:54:00 PM »
We hunt Huckleberry, there are mature bucks in that unit.  This is a trail cam picture from this morning.  He wasn’t on this ridge a day earlier when we were there 🤦🏻‍♂️

Offline LDennis24

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2010
  • Posts: 2211
  • Location: Revere
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2021, 10:07:55 PM »
 :yeah:
Am I seeing something in the background or do you guys think that is a pointy droptine on the right? That's a nice buck anyway, he looks a little lean though.

Offline Kvw4x4

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Oct 2016
  • Posts: 84
  • Location: Blaine Washington
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2021, 10:13:37 PM »
:yeah:
Am I seeing something in the background or do you guys think that is a pointy droptine on the right? That's a nice buck anyway, he looks a little lean though.

He’s got a drop tine

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2021, 10:29:21 PM »
We hunt Huckleberry, there are mature bucks in that unit.  This is a trail cam picture from this morning.  He wasn’t on this ridge a day earlier when we were there 🤦🏻‍♂️
Buck of my dreams right there.......dam unicorn.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2021, 10:11:52 AM »
Two day count down.....
My friend is getting pretty excited,maybe too excited.
Got few spots picked out, From some T-cam pics,and some tips I received on HW. Hopefully some of these spots pan out. Opens Nov 3, Maybe rutting, My Friend isn't too picky ,he says 3 point or better legal mulely ,he is gonna pull the trigger and drop the hammer on it.
Anyway wish us Luck.........
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline Ridgerunner

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 4690
  • Location: Enumclaw
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2021, 10:29:49 AM »
thats a pretty amazing buck right there.  that tag has potential I cant wait to hear how it all shakes out. 

Offline buckfvr

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 3908
  • Location: PREDATOR PIT UNIT 121
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2021, 10:45:51 AM »
I wouldnt be in any rush to notch that tag....

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2021, 10:52:05 AM »
thats a pretty amazing buck right there.  that tag has potential I cant wait to hear how it all shakes out.
Ya I don't know,how it will pan out.
Been kinda prepping all week.
Truck full of gas/oil/game cart.
Got some ammo made up.
Clean his rifle today/Make sure it's zero and some target practice tomorrow.
Making sure our day packs are as light as possible yet still have things we may need,essential stuff.

After Nov 3 ,I won't post on this topic,unless he downs one,then I'll update.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline hunter399

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 4980
  • Location: In your hunting spot
  • Groups: NRA RMEF
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2021, 11:00:00 AM »
I wouldnt be in any rush to notch that tag....
I was kinda thinking the same.
But think he was seeing as Nov 3-6 and Nov 20-24 are the only real quality days without other late whitetail hunters.
And he did hunt a little early deer season with no luck.
So he is getting a little itchy.
But we may go pretty strong at first ,strike out,come up with something better later on. So who knows ,how it will work out,all part of the process I guess.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
Wrote by hunter399

Offline C-Money

  • V10 Advocate
  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 9548
  • Location: Grant County
Re: Huckleberry Quality Mule deer Tag.
« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2021, 11:46:07 AM »
Tagging along! Good luck to you and your friend!
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

Shed HUNTING by HELICOPTER by nwwanderer
[Today at 06:51:06 PM]


Pointer quartering training? by Forks
[Today at 06:01:53 PM]


Wall mount decor by RightPlace-RightTime
[Today at 06:00:53 PM]


Truckbed Blacktail Mount by jrebel
[Today at 05:50:18 PM]


Found handgun north Idaho. by Dan-o
[Today at 05:15:22 PM]


Milk filled lungs by pianoman9701
[Today at 05:07:49 PM]


WTS/WTT-Ruger model ninety-six 17hmr by jke
[Today at 04:48:49 PM]


Huntnnw trail cam pics 2022 by huntnnw
[Today at 04:01:10 PM]


2020-2022 Chevy HD Front Bumper by Boyd1212
[Today at 03:58:32 PM]


Kettle River by Ridgeratt
[Today at 03:52:44 PM]


ISO Chainsaw by TT13
[Today at 01:47:41 PM]


FS: SCOPE MOUNTING KIT by marianigp
[Today at 01:23:56 PM]


9’6” sled / drift boat oars by h20hunter
[Today at 01:06:46 PM]


WTT-WTS Stiller 300 win mag (Price Drop) by paguy
[Today at 12:12:58 PM]


How do I improve my credit? by pianoman9701
[Today at 11:09:12 AM]


Bearpaw Season - Spring 2022 by Twispriver
[Today at 10:25:20 AM]


Cheap binoculars by Wanttohuntmore
[Today at 10:22:44 AM]


WDFW Discussion/vote by Blacklab
[Today at 10:22:41 AM]


Elk hoof rot incentive tag drawn! Need help on area. by ASHQUACK
[Today at 10:12:41 AM]


ISO lathe (bench top size) up to 18” by Iveexcaped3
[Today at 09:30:49 AM]

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2022, SimplePortal