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Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« on: September 28, 2023, 05:18:56 PM »
I am a new hunter and have set my sights on GMU 204. My brother and I are going to be out there during opening weekend (Oct 14-15) looking for mule deer. From what I have been reading mule deer can be challenging to locate during this time before the rut. I've been doing some escouting, there is a lot of public land in this GMU and I am trying to make a gameplan for tactics and hone in on areas that might hold deer during this time of year.

I am curious as to what would be some good tactics for hunting during this time? Glassing basins for spot and stalk, possibly walking through timber/burns doing some still hunting? What elevations / terrain would you guys recommend I focus my energy on this time of year?

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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2023, 05:54:00 PM »
Glass and be mobile or find a closed gate to hike in
There may be some hunting with written permission if you look around
Itíll probably be a pumpkin patch
Id also explore over towards the Sinlahekin
Lots of sideby sides and quads there though
Good luck
I bow hunted it years ago
So no recent intel to share
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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2023, 07:11:02 PM »
Never hunted the unit personally but have family that has logged the country for years. Itís been awhile since Iíve spoke to them but they use to have an operation on Buckhorn Mtn and have pictures of some true giant timber dwellers. You shouldnít have a problem finding a buck to shoot from what Iíve heard. Now if youíre targeting mule deer it might be a little tougher, the whitetail have taken over in parts of the unit.

Will be interesting to here your trip report with the influx of wolves in the area. Good luck and good hunting!

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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2023, 07:31:07 PM »
Get off the roads. Be in your spot ready to watch and glass well before daylight. The first hour is your best bet but donít go back to camp and nap at noon. Those bucks canít stay bedded all day, theyíve at least gotta stand up to take a leak a few times a day.


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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2023, 07:35:21 PM »
Never hunted the unit personally but have family that has logged the country for years. Itís been awhile since Iíve spoke to them but they use to have an operation on Buckhorn Mtn and have pictures of some true giant timber dwellers. You shouldnít have a problem finding a buck to shoot from what Iíve heard. Now if youíre targeting mule deer it might be a little tougher, the whitetail have taken over in parts of the unit.

Will be interesting to here your trip report with the influx of wolves in the area. Good luck and good hunting!
I have a place not far from there. 15 years ago, could have been killer. Now all that old logged out stuff is so thick, itís hard to see 30 yards in in places. Still some decent hunting, but itís like a dry westside now. Thick and thick. If thereís any moisture, youíre getting just as wet as if you were in skagit or on the wynochee.
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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2023, 08:13:44 PM »
Tons of great deer, donít overlook the whitetail either. All big bucks are hard to find in October. Best part of the hunt will be the first hour of light every day which means you need to already be in place, Iíd try to get as high as you can get. The further you are from the rd the more quality animals you will see from my experience when I lived there.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2023, 08:33:30 PM »
Never hunted the unit personally but have family that has logged the country for years. Itís been awhile since Iíve spoke to them but they use to have an operation on Buckhorn Mtn and have pictures of some true giant timber dwellers. You shouldnít have a problem finding a buck to shoot from what Iíve heard. Now if youíre targeting mule deer it might be a little tougher, the whitetail have taken over in parts of the unit.

Will be interesting to here your trip report with the influx of wolves in the area. Good luck and good hunting!
I have a place not far from there. 15 years ago, could have been killer. Now all that old logged out stuff is so thick, itís hard to see 30 yards in in places. Still some decent hunting, but itís like a dry westside now. Thick and thick. If thereís any moisture, youíre getting just as wet as if you were in skagit or on the wynochee.
 Just pick a spot and go. Never know what might happen

Yeah these pictures would have been about that time somewhere around 2012-14 I want to say.

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Re: Hunting GMU 204 - Mid October Tactics
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2023, 12:34:53 AM »
It wouldn't hurt to have a bear and cougar tag in your pocket also
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