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#979120 - 08/18/17 10:52 AM 2017 Hunting Season
NickD90 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
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Loc: Snohomish, WA
It's almost time to kickoff the 2017 Hunting season!

Toff, myself and maybe a couple others will be out on the island again this year. Stands are going up very soon and plans are coming together nicely.

Anyone else have any awesome tags and / or hunts planned?
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#979121 - 08/18/17 11:08 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
Myassisdragon Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1154
Loc: The Wet Side
Just got back from a bit of local bear hunting, aka scouting for deer and grouse this morning !

Nice and cool up in the foothills this am. No bear, but some nice big black tail chewing up some fresh sprouts on the side hills.

The Grendel and I can hardly wait !

Good Luck
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- "Wild steelhead were more numerous this year than they were in the 1970s" ( ITYOOL - 2015 )

- "It's past the time to "play nice", after all, they are pooching us royally."

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#979136 - 08/21/17 12:21 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
elparquito Offline
The Chosen One

Registered: 02/09/00
Posts: 13665
Loc: Margaritaville
I should be back up in the Tonasket area going after Buckzilla again. Or, at least going on some nice Armed Nature Hikes. Just hoping we don't have another typhoon hit the coast this time.
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#979380 - 08/31/17 10:58 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
RogueFanatic Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 07/31/08
Posts: 348
Loc: Kitsap Co.
I just got back from Lk. Curlew near to Tonasket. There are more giant mule deer running around there than anyplace I have ever visited in the lower 48. I think you're gonna have good luck Parker.

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#979381 - 08/31/17 12:31 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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Paker needs all the luck he can get! grin
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#979389 - 08/31/17 03:01 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
snit Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
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Loc: Wenatchee, WA
The sticks will start flying tomorrow.........
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#979394 - 08/31/17 05:51 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
RogueFanatic Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 07/31/08
Posts: 348
Loc: Kitsap Co.
I hope to be flinging some on my island tomorrow AM. They fatten up all year on my sugar peas, tomato flowers, and other veges...

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#979451 - 09/03/17 09:20 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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2 new tree stands are being assembled today and going up next week. Death (and naps) from above.

Hope all of the stick boys are doing good this opening weekend.
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#979462 - 09/03/17 07:12 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
Direct-Drive Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
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Loc: Vancouver, WA
Whoda thunk that Amazon could help set up an ambush ?
https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Mills-Premium-Deer-Block/dp/B00JN9GNJG
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#980181 - 09/28/17 09:03 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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Chompin' at the bit. SOON!

QQ: If Grouse are supposed to be dumb and they out smart me, does that make me dumber? I vote yes.
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#980353 - 10/05/17 09:55 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
wsu Offline
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Registered: 06/23/04
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I'm getting anxious! Pretty much packed up for muzzy elk season and leaving tomorrow. Hopefully put a bull to bed tomorrow night for the opener Saturday. Hopefully this year I don't miss!

Good luck to anyone heading out for muzzy elk.

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#980366 - 10/05/17 04:00 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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Good luck WSU. Hope you give em' the ol' smoke pole treatment. Let us know how you do!
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#980397 - 10/07/17 09:20 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Got a nice mature male Sooty last weekend (my first Sooty!). Beautiful bird. Made jalapeno bacon poppers and saved feathers for the tying bench.

Also got two different 3x4's with 3" eye guards and a large 3x3 on our trail cams.

1 week and counting....
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#980398 - 10/07/17 09:28 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
Todd Offline
Bumpin the 6X9's

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 25253
Loc: Seattle, Washington USA
I just checked in to see if any of our trail cam pics got a mention or post...they sure have me worked up!

Fish on...

Todd

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#980428 - 10/09/17 09:00 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
snit Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 1569
Loc: Wenatchee, WA
Originally Posted By: NickD90
Got a nice mature male Sooty last weekend (my first Sooty!). Beautiful bird. Made jalapeno bacon poppers and saved feathers for the tying bench.

Also got two different 3x4's with 3" eye guards and a large 3x3 on our trail cams.

1 week and counting....


WTF is a "sooty"? Lived in WA all my life, never heard of that?
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#980430 - 10/09/17 11:04 AM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
wsu Offline
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Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 407
We had some ups and downs for sure. Mid-day Saturday I got on a couple bulls in the timber. I tracked them for about an hour after jumping them out of their beds. Everything was perfect: wind was blowing consistently downhill and it was raining enough to cover most noise. I managed to sneak to about 30 yards, lined up the sights on smallish 5 point, and ............ click. I can say definitively that bull elk do not like the sound of a hammer hitting a cap. Cap didn't go off and the bull bolted. No more elk encountered on Saturday.

Sunday morning I ended up getting small four point. Not much story to it. Parked in the dark, waited a couple hours for light to walk into the clearcut, and came around a corner and there he was. I shot as he spun to run over the ridge and double lunged him. Meat in the freezer!

We came home to get the bull hung and get back in the office for a day or two. My dad still has a tag and I'm trying to convince him to head back out. Hopefully more to come!


Edited by wsu (10/09/17 11:05 AM)

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#980438 - 10/09/17 04:40 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
BroodBuster Offline
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Registered: 07/11/04
Posts: 3089
Loc: Bothell, Wa
Very cool!
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#980444 - 10/09/17 09:00 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
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Loc: Snohomish, WA
Today I received the unfortunate news that my employer will be clawing back 8 very well planned out (and very well earned) vacation days off. First 5+ day vacation I've planned in like 7 or 8 years. Too quote South Park...."aaaaaaand it's gone".

And and AND!!!!!

I'll be lucky to get the weekends and a 95%+ chance late season will be screwed as well. Basically 3/4's of my season (if not more) has been gut shot. frown




Edited by NickD90 (10/09/17 09:00 PM)
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#980448 - 10/09/17 09:17 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
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Loc: Snohomish, WA
Hi Snit - a Sooty Grouse (sorry...edited post above). They are type of Blue Grouse (specific sub-species) that live at higher elevations in a small band that runs along the PNW Coast only. Dusky Grouse are the other type of Blue Grouse that are MUCH more common.

Sooty's are a dark slate blue gray with a very specific tail pattern and they're BIG for Grouse. They have much darker and more flavorful meat than say a Ruffed Grouse and are a solid 1x larger in size. Very cool feathers to add to my tying kit.

I'll try to post a cool pic I got....


Edited by NickD90 (10/09/17 09:31 PM)
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#980469 - 10/10/17 01:02 PM Re: 2017 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
snit Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 1569
Loc: Wenatchee, WA
WSU - congrats on the Bull! Only saw cows on my West side muzzy hunt over the weekend.

Nick - Thanks for the info as I have learned something new! I've killed a pile of Blue's in my life, but never on the West side of the mountains. I doubt I've encountered a Sooty, we just call them "Blues".
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