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Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« on: August 17, 2021, 08:39:53 PM »
Hey all -

With the recent fires in Bumping (hope anyone out that way is okay) we're reconsidering our September plans and may be calling an audible from an Archery Elk hunt to the High Buck Hunt.

Would like to pick the brains of anyone that has done High Buck in the past and had some success. Obviously, my September hunt efforts have been focused on scouting for Elk so I'm just looking for general thoughts at this point.

Ideally would like to focus on Alpine Lakes but know there's a lot of hikers out there that we may bump into. Any thoughts as to a general area to focus scouting efforts on?

Thanks!
Brian

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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2021, 08:49:24 PM »
Hey all -

With the recent fires in Bumping (hope anyone out that way is okay) we're reconsidering our September plans and may be calling an audible from an Archery Elk hunt to the High Buck Hunt.

Would like to pick the brains of anyone that has done High Buck in the past and had some success. Obviously, my September hunt efforts have been focused on scouting for Elk so I'm just looking for general thoughts at this point.

Ideally would like to focus on Alpine Lakes but know there's a lot of hikers out there that we may bump into. Any thoughts as to a general area to focus scouting efforts on?

Thanks!
Brian

Brian regardless where and / or when you go good luck getting away from the frigging hikers during any season.
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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2021, 08:51:18 PM »
Hey all -

With the recent fires in Bumping (hope anyone out that way is okay) we're reconsidering our September plans and may be calling an audible from an Archery Elk hunt to the High Buck Hunt.

Would like to pick the brains of anyone that has done High Buck in the past and had some success. Obviously, my September hunt efforts have been focused on scouting for Elk so I'm just looking for general thoughts at this point.

Ideally would like to focus on Alpine Lakes but know there's a lot of hikers out there that we may bump into. Any thoughts as to a general area to focus scouting efforts on?

Thanks!
Brian

Brian regardless where and / or when you go good like getting away from the frigging hikers during any season.
Yeah, thatís what Iím seeing from a search of prior posts. Thinking worse terrain will attract fewer folks but know that many of the lakes are super popular these days. Thanks, Jingles!


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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2021, 10:23:01 PM »
Trails attract people.  Big, trailed basins and big water attracts people.  Deer, they are in the right terrain whether there's a neat lake or convenient trail... Or not.  Go places deer like and peiple dont and you are on to something.

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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2021, 11:29:36 AM »
With all the closures and fires Iím sure it will be super super crowded this year. Harder the hike usually the less people you see. From my experience find an area without a trail going to it and you will see way less people. For our regular spot itís about 4 hours of crappy hiking brush busting up a ridge but we never see a single person in a huge area.
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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2021, 03:21:11 PM »
It is what you make of it.
1. You can find a spot you've been wanting to check out but never had the time to and go explore with a gun on you back.
2. You can try and find some far off golden basin and be alone when you get there or disappointed that there are already 6 guys there.
3. You can beat the crap out of yourself trying to get where nobody will be and be too tired to hunt when you get there.
4. Accept that people have access to the same technology and e-scouting equipment you have and just pick a spot and pull the trigger.
5. any other scenario you can imagine.

Once you get where you wanna be, leave the trail a ways, pick a ridge, and go for a walk. Its not a whole lot different than general season except you weed out the road hunters. Everyone out there at least had to work a little bit, (unless you drive to hearts pass ha JK). People doesn't always mean no deer, we shot a buck within an hour of getting into where we wanted to hunt and saw several groups of hunters last year.

good luck.
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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2021, 08:57:42 PM »
Well High Buck hunters - are you changin your clothing outfits for this weather coming ? Might get a little Western up there this weekend.
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Re: Contingency Plans: High Buck Hunt
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2021, 09:00:25 PM »
I heard snow down to 6,000 feet occasionally, with the freezing level holding at 8,000 and dropping to 7,000 during the next few.

 


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