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Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« on: June 16, 2024, 01:28:31 PM »
I drew a cow tag for modern firearm season and I'm looking for any advice or tips you guys are willing to share. My brother in law and I are planning to go out there in a few weeks to do an overnight backpacking trip. Do you guys have an trails you recommend that we take? When it comes to hunting season my BIL are more than capable of hiking but our farther in law does not get around very well at all so he will be very limited. Any advice for him too? I've never hunted out there. Is there a lot of people? Things not to do?


Any advice at well would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2024, 07:33:05 PM »
Modern will be busy. Itís not over crowded if you get out a bit. I would be at the peak of Russell ridge by day break. Good luck!

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2024, 08:48:35 PM »
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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2024, 08:25:25 PM »
I'm obviously new to this site and still learning how to use this thing. I am familiar with reddit where you can respond to comments but I don't see how to do that here. Been hunting in WA for 20+ years and I am not very good at it. I've never shot anything that was worth mounting and never killed an elk in WA. I shot a spike elk in OR about 8 years age and last year I finally shot a decent 6x6 elk in Montana! I know being the new guy and asking for help is pretty lame so sorry about that. Thanks for the few suggestions so far and I'll try to contribute more before I ask for help.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2024, 08:48:21 PM »
No secret but the cedar swamps at the end of the lake always have cows in them. Canoe can be very helpful.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2024, 08:59:54 PM »
No secret but the cedar swamps at the end of the lake always have cows in them. Canoe can be very helpful.


That's a good idea. I have one of those inflatable two person Amazon things I got 5 years ago for $50 and have used it twice. Might be a good time to try it out. How long of a boat trip do you think it is? I've never been in that area before so I have no idea where that is but I can Google it.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2024, 09:34:55 PM »
No secret but the cedar swamps at the end of the lake always have cows in them. Canoe can be very helpful.


That's a good idea. I have one of those inflatable two person Amazon things I got 5 years ago for $50 and have used it twice. Might be a good time to try it out. How long of a boat trip do you think it is? I've never been in that area before so I have no idea where that is but I can Google it.

Use google earth and the distance feature. The entire lake is like 3 miles long but you can drive down both shorelines quite a ways. One side has a trail that goes right to it. The other side is good 4wheeling and goes back a ways. 
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2024, 03:09:54 AM »
Bumping lake is a big reservoir and the wind comes up basically every afternoon.  Taking a blow up two man paddle boat down the lake is not to feasible . The state has maps online that shows red dots where the collared elk ping , it will show you exactly where the elk hang out the most.
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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2024, 06:49:51 AM »
Bumping lake is a big reservoir and the wind comes up basically every afternoon.  Taking a blow up two man paddle boat down the lake is not to feasible . The state has maps online that shows red dots where the collared elk ping , it will show you exactly where the elk hang out the most.
Good luck .


Would you mind telling me what I need to search for to find
these maps? I've googled different combinations or "Washington, elk ,map and collars" but u haven't found anything like what it sounds like you are talking about.

If you don't want to share I understand. Thank you.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2024, 06:57:42 AM »
Bumping lake is a big reservoir and the wind comes up basically every afternoon.  Taking a blow up two man paddle boat down the lake is not to feasible . The state has maps online that shows red dots where the collared elk ping , it will show you exactly where the elk hang out the most.
Good luck .


Would you mind telling me what I need to search for to find
these maps? I've googled different combinations or "Washington, elk ,map and collars" but u haven't found anything like what it sounds like you are talking about.

If you don't want to share I understand. Thank you.

Google wdfw status and trends report, scroll to the elk section find the report for the Yakima herd. Youíll find what he is talking about there.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2024, 10:42:41 AM »
Congrats on the tag! As you'll see by the number of hunters who show up for the season, it's no secret that unit holds lots of elk. You will have very little competition for cows though. Bumping is quintessential elk country - rugged, crowded, and breathtakingly beautiful.

As far as backpacking trips go, the William O Douglas Wilderness that this unit encompasses offers some of the best backpacking in the state. White Pass to Chinook Pass on the PCT is an absolute classic, and will introduce you well to the kinds of terrain and environments you'll be dealing with (you'll likely bump into plenty of elk in high summer there too). As with other places, some trails are washed out or decommissioned and keeping a flexible attitude will serve you well.

For hunting itself, this honestly isn't the best unit for road hunting - it's almost entirely Wilderness by land area %. Not to say there aren't roads, only that you will have plenty of company on the roads.

As for things not to do, talking specific locations on a public forum is probably at the top of the list. Otherwise just the usual advice: give other hunters plenty of space, be courteous, etc etc. Also, don't make me come get you (I'm on the SAR team that covers this unit :chuckle:).

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2024, 02:09:42 PM »
Donít overlook the south side of the unit. When most people think of the bumping they head up around the lake and spend their time there. If I was you with a rifle cow tag Iíd focus on the area up off of wildcat road above rimrock lake. The road washed out years ago and has drastically decreased the pressure in that area if youíre willing to hike in. I know people take dirt bikes and stuff around the washout now illegally.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2024, 08:40:59 PM »
Donít overlook the south side of the unit. When most people think of the bumping they head up around the lake and spend their time there. If I was you with a rifle cow tag Iíd focus on the area up off of wildcat road above rimrock lake. The road washed out years ago and has drastically decreased the pressure in that area if youíre willing to hike in. I know people take dirt bikes and stuff around the washout now illegally.
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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2024, 11:09:46 PM »
First post, asking people for good spots in a popular unit.

Welcome, tell us about yourself!
give me break, is that how we as a hunting community respond to each other? If you have some intel for the guy share it, if you donít, scroll along. I get so tired of guys on this sight getting on their high horse when others are seeking help for a successful hunt.  I help guys every year in a unit that is challenging to understand if you havenít hunted it. I get all the jollyís helping guys out year after year.
I need to add, Iím currently teaching my 7 year olds the old rule, if you Donít have anything nice to sayÖ well, ya, you can finish the sentence.

To the OG poster, havenít spent much time in bumping but I will be sure to ask a few guys who have that I know and see if they have some info I can pass along. HAPPY to help.

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Re: Cow Tag For GMU 356 Bumping. Any Advice?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2024, 06:16:45 AM »
 :yeah:
First post, asking people for good spots in a popular unit.

Welcome, tell us about yourself!
give me break, is that how we as a hunting community respond to each other? If you have some intel for the guy share it, if you donít, scroll along. I get so tired of guys on this sight getting on their high horse when others are seeking help for a successful hunt.  I help guys every year in a unit that is challenging to understand if you havenít hunted it. I get all the jollyís helping guys out year after year.
I need to add, Iím currently teaching my 7 year olds the old rule, if you Donít have anything nice to sayÖ well, ya, you can finish the sentence.

To the OG poster, havenít spent much time in bumping but I will be sure to ask a few guys who have that I know and see if they have some info I can pass along. HAPPY to help.

 :yeah: :tup:

 


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