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Preparing for the opener
« on: July 06, 2022, 10:01:46 AM »
Anyone care to share their opinions on how the extended wet winter will affect bear locations come August 1st? I've been scouting in the Snoqualmie area and have ran into a few bears on some old cat roads sub 2000 feet elevation. What elevations are you all finding bears at?

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2022, 10:17:54 AM »
I've got a spot packed with bears right now. It is between 5500-6500 ft.

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2022, 11:14:42 AM »
I've got a spot packed with bears right now. It is between 5500-6500 ft.

Nice! You got any pictures of the bears?

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2022, 11:51:02 AM »
I've got a spot packed with bears right now. It is between 5500-6500 ft.

Nice! You got any pictures of the bears?


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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2022, 11:51:32 AM »
About it for pics  :tung:

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2022, 11:59:38 AM »
Ya u do! Great pic of the bear in the tree!

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2022, 12:06:33 PM »
Ya u do! Great pic of the bear in the tree!

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2022, 12:40:26 PM »
Iíve been chewing on this same thing after such a late and wet spring. I hunt the high country berry fields and my experience has been the bears follow the berries, which ripen lower first. The berries seem to ripen 55-60 days after the snow melt in the area, but for the first time since I can recall, there is still snow on some of my berry spots. I think I may start a little lower and focus more exclusively on the south slopes than usual.
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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2022, 03:12:57 PM »
Berries are definitely behind schedule!
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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2022, 03:26:40 PM »
Found some super fresh scat at 2300' in the Gifford Pinchot this weekend. South facing slopes at 5000 were clear of snow, maybe as of a couple weeks ago? I'm expecting it to be 2-4 weeks later than usual.

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2022, 03:28:13 PM »
I've seen bears, and fresh bear sign, literally everywhere from 2000-6500 ft. I'm finding bears at 5500' on north facing slopes right now.

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2022, 03:46:53 PM »
I've seen bears, and fresh bear sign, literally everywhere from 2000-6500 ft. I'm finding bears at 5500' on north facing slopes right now.

Interesting... I have been focusing my efforts down low where the blackberries are starting to flower. Tough part is everywhere low is thick as can be. I found bears up high (around 5,000) around this time of year the last few seasons, but come opening day, they seem to have moved presumably down lower to where the berries were. I have a few spots at different elevations and was planning to target low around the opener and follow the berries on the way up.

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2022, 05:35:35 PM »
I think it's important to distinguish east side vs west side...

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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2022, 11:07:39 PM »
Iíll be hanging around 3000í come opener weekend.
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Re: Preparing for the opener
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2022, 12:40:18 AM »
Iíll be hanging around 3000í come opener weekend.

Are you on the East or West side?

 


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