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Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« on: June 16, 2024, 03:15:27 PM »
Drew the Skokomish late archery deer 11/1-13. Should be good timing for some blacktail rut action! I'm not expecting a monster just a good time calling/rattling blacktail.
If anyone has some info they feel like sharing I'm all ears.

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2024, 08:01:11 PM »
Big unit with lowlands, timber co property, and national forest that goes right up to the park. I think the wildlife gates close on October 1st, but that could have changed. Iíd be tempted to bike in up towards the park especially if there is early snow. Chasing rutting blacktail in the snowline is an awesome experience.

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2024, 07:40:57 AM »
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Thanks! Anyone know if these gates are still getting closed 10/1? The only article I found that talked about this was from 2013

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2024, 09:00:38 AM »
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Thanks! Anyone know if these gates are still getting closed 10/1? The only article I found that talked about this was from 2013

Yes they are. There are a few good areas to access pretty easily. You could also get a walk/bike in pass with green diamond if you want but itís def not necessary.
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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2024, 10:35:25 AM »
Thanks appreciate the info

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2024, 01:16:28 PM »
Something else to consider- Iíve had a quality blacktail rut on the peninsula in the past for an area Iím very familiar with. What I found (this has been experienced in multiple GMUís) is there are hot spots for rut activity the first 2 weeks of November. I spent the first 5 days of my quality tag hunting out of treestands in areas I had scouted since April and had been seeing good quality bucks. Those first five days I didnít see a deer, so I decided to go mobile and still hunt other areas and use calling. I found myself getting into pockets of deer going crazy with the rut, one spot had nine bucks running around. In past years while scouting during the rut Iíve noticed the same thing, certain areas just seem to hold the deer like they congregate for the rut. Iíve found alder bottoms that look like a tractor was pulling a plow through and the ground is churned up a with ferns completely leveled from sparring and brawls. Iíd suggest keeping an open game plan and be willing to relocate to different areas/terrains if youíre not seeing cruising deer or rutting activity.

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2024, 05:35:33 PM »
Sundance thanks for the info, much appreciated!

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Re: Skokomish Archery Deer 11/1-13
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2024, 04:22:47 PM »
I've had this tag years ago and went through some of the wildlife gates looking for deer. Found some but not much, changed areas/terrain for more of a cruising road hunt with the wife and deer were hit or miss. Drew it again a handful of years later and were greeted by a lot more hikers/mushroom pickers at trail heads. Never did connect on anything worth shooting but definitely saw some. This was also during the time when it was still 2pt min for deer. Lots of areas get local pressure right before so it kinda throws preseason scouting for a loop especially if your not from the area.

Also it's WET! So be prepared for the full rainforest experience. And if a big storm does come along be aware the skokomish river road will flood and not be passable for a short amount. If your lucky you get to see the salmon swimming back across the road!

 


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