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#990994 - 07/09/18 05:48 PM 2018 Hunting Season
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The season will soon be upon us. I'm already thinking of the crisp fall mornings, color changes, college football on the radio and some tasty backstrap frying up in the skillet. I'm also thinking about all of the good work that needs to be done between now and opening morning.

Time to get crackin' on some trail clearing and scouting.
How are you prepping for the season?
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#991016 - 07/10/18 07:17 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Looking forward to doing all of this with you again, Nick...I suspect we will have a chance to chat about this tonight!

Fish on...

Todd

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#991030 - 07/10/18 11:21 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I’m heading up to the range today to confirm both The 308 and 450 gassers are still able to shoot the wings offa a bug at 200 yds. I had the bird dogs up in the hills yesterday checking roads and trails for berries, bear poop, and or deer poops.

The dogs were searching for future Grouse encounters, and found a plethora of young birds to push up in September ,


It’s looking good !
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Hmmm

- "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."

D'uh!

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#991032 - 07/10/18 11:29 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I'm planning to hunt the wilderness around Crystal Mountain for my elk tag. I drove up there on the way to eastern Wa and realized I need to get in shape. Damn ski slopes look steep with no snow!

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#991802 - 07/30/18 11:53 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Had to buy the out-of-state OR tag for $167 in order to get in on a draw with buddies and then we didn't draw anything! What to do? Buy a black bear tag for another $16 (best deal in the state) and start hanging around the black berry patches. I'll be down there on Wednesday (1 August) when it opens.

Any of you guys try to make a rug on your own? Looks like a lot of work to DIY it.
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#991807 - 07/30/18 01:54 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Self brain tanning is LOT of work, but it is a very neat process and fun to learn. It can be done in stages over the winder, so that helps. I've never done a bear, but I have done both Elk and Mule Deer - both hair on and off (I think hair off / buckskin is easier)

You would need to have your fleshing beam, hide stretcher, large pots / barrels & fleshing knife ready to go before the season. I'd probably only do it again if the hide came from a DANDY trophy bear.

Have fun,
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#991823 - 07/31/18 12:05 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Good luck to all the Nimrods here !

Have a great hunt or three this season and be careful in the woods as it’s getting pretty dry, with some forrest management areas already shutting down until the next rains.

Bang Flop !
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Hmmm

- "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."

D'uh!

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#991827 - 07/31/18 12:45 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Thanks Nic. It has been my experience that fellas watch some youtube videos, say to themselves "That looks easy enough. I can do this!" and then find out they're in over their head.

I watched those YT videos and said NO WAY. If I get lucky, I reckon we'll just eat him.
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#991853 - 07/31/18 08:25 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I learned from Gramps, Dad and the good ol' Boy Scouts Leatherwork merit badge. I really had no choice in the matter. It was nasty, but I'd probably do it again on a big bear for old times sake. Deer or Elk - nah. Hard pass - not worth it.
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#992263 - 08/15/18 09:25 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Good luck to everyone this season.

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#992274 - 08/16/18 07:56 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I'd say I was taking this year off from hunting, but not too sure what I do out there is called "hunting".

Guess I'm taking a year off from my armed nature hikes in the fall.

I'll be back at it next year, as my fellow armed nature hiking buddies have invested in some property in Iderho. Gonna give that a "shot" next season.
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#992293 - 08/16/18 12:08 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Ursus hunting yesterday, and with the heat and the haze, I saw nada.

Just leaving now for another afternoon in the woods. The weather today is a bit cooler so I hope the hike out to be a bit bit less sweating...


Edited by Myassisdragon (08/17/18 11:27 AM)
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Hmmm

- "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."

D'uh!

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#992355 - 08/17/18 11:01 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: wsu]
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Originally Posted By: wsu
I'm planning to hunt the wilderness around Crystal Mountain for my elk tag. I drove up there on the way to eastern Wa and realized I need to get in shape. Damn ski slopes look steep with no snow!


I've packed 4 or 5 off of those hills, if you want any of my info, lemme know.
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#992356 - 08/17/18 11:06 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Capt. Quint]
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Originally Posted By: Capt. Quint


Any of you guys try to make a rug on your own? Looks like a lot of work to DIY it.


Turning the eyelids, nose, ears then skinning those long fingers right down to the claws is a challenge, fleshing is not much fun but goes better after the salt dry's things out a bit, degreazing a bear is the hardest part. (don't set up in the kitchen)
First taxidermy book I ever read mentions that every animal has just enough brains to tan it's own hide, never done it that way but I 'spect it's still true.
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#992424 - 08/20/18 04:16 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: stam]
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Originally Posted By: stam
Originally Posted By: wsu
I'm planning to hunt the wilderness around Crystal Mountain for my elk tag. I drove up there on the way to eastern Wa and realized I need to get in shape. Damn ski slopes look steep with no snow!


I've packed 4 or 5 off of those hills, if you want any of my info, lemme know.


I'd love any info. Please reply or shoot me a PM on how you'd like me to get in touch.

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#992500 - 08/22/18 12:11 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: wsu]
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Missed South Dakota ringnecks last year with my pup, not gonna repeat that mistake this year. Safe travels y'all.
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#992507 - 08/22/18 01:24 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Hunting Zone Preparation 2018 starts on Friday for me and Nick, pretty excited to get back at it!

Fish on...

Todd

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#992573 - 08/23/18 04:01 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NOFISH]
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Originally Posted By: NOFISH
Missed South Dakota ringnecks last year with my pup, not gonna repeat that mistake this year. Safe travels y'all.


Oh My hello

South Dakota, what a great place to chase birds and run bird dogs. I’m hoping to go back again, maybe next season.

Best Hunting to ya ‘s !
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Hmmm

- "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."

D'uh!

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#992753 - 08/28/18 10:23 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Ooof! Todd and I found a new Public Enemy #1. Trail cameras indicate that we both missed out on him in the wide open at high noon last year by about an hour each. That tricky cuss.

I hesitate to even call out the number of total points now because it's too hard to tell even with dozens of pics from last year. He possibly has at least 4 long brow tines from 2 - 4" each. Maybe even 5 brow tines! He makes the big boy we were previously after look like a fork horn. This boy has it all and then some - points of the charts, length, symmetry AND mass. Huge body with an amazing coat. Just a specimen. I'm poor at live scoring, but he passes the eye test straight into the books....I would very much like to think.

No, I will not post a picture...until he's in hand and we are grinning from ear to ear.

I'm literally vibrating for the season to start! LET'S GO!


Edited by NickD90 (08/28/18 10:25 AM)
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#992760 - 08/28/18 12:01 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Yeah, in spite of all the talk last year about never seeing a mature buck (save the one I shot with one minute to go in shooting hours one evening) during the day, this guy was caught on a cam at just past noon, the same cam that shows me walking by at 11:30am.

He is, in a word, a monster.

Want.

We located two new stands this past weekend, now we have six on this piece of property...we are getting on it soon!

Fish on...

Todd

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#992765 - 08/28/18 12:47 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Any "Rico Sightings" on the lands you are hunting, Toff?

Not that I care (or will) hunt blacktails there, just curious if I've tromped around on the lands in the past with Rico?

Always fun to put a location to some of the stories.

Hunting blacktails SUCK. God damn nettles, blackberries, thick brush, and every nasty thing in between. You and Nick and are cray cray! smile

And when you do finally shoot a critter, feels like I've shot the neighbor's dog. Not the largest deer out there. Sabo slugs seems to put a real hurt (and hole) to them..... smile
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#992766 - 08/28/18 01:03 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Yes, Rico joins us in both of the properties we hunt on there!

I shot a well over 200# 4x5 out there last year wink He is not the biggest we have seen.

Fish on...

Todd

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#992768 - 08/28/18 01:06 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Cool!

thumbs

Hope you find and get Hawgzilla this season!
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#992779 - 08/28/18 02:08 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Thanks, bud...me, too!

Fish on...

Todd

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#992783 - 08/28/18 02:21 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Todd]
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Originally Posted By: Todd
Yes, Rico joins us in both of the properties we hunt on there!

I shot a well over 200# 4x5 out there last year wink He is not the biggest we have seen.

Fish on...

Todd


Fake news without pictures.

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#992785 - 08/28/18 02:30 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Agreed. At one point I hinted at an end of season wrap up, with pics, but never managed to do one.

Fish on...

Todd

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#992840 - 08/29/18 12:19 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Todd]
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I keep hoping you'll post it up. Masher blacktails are few and far between and even harder to kill.

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#992849 - 08/29/18 01:19 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Parker - I'm sure you've hunted the same properties.

We've done just a "little" bit of grounds work over the past 3 years getting one property dialed in - to put it mildly. Lots of time spent preparing and maintaining lands. I call it my deer golf course, complete with multiple holes and fairways. I just moved cams and installed (4) new ones this past weekend, so we'll learn more about what we are working with in the coming weeks. I do know that it was a bumper fawn crop this spring, so the future continues to look bright.

I really hope the Masher is still around. But if not, we have another 10 - 12 bucks running through all the time. Some real dandies in the mix, like Todd's 5x4 boss hawg from last year. I am really due for something big. Yeah, small bucks and does fill the freezer, but I want a true dandy. I would just die if that happened to be the MASHER!
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#992853 - 08/29/18 01:42 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Of the five or so big mature bucks that we have pics of from this property, the one I shot last year was the third biggest...so there are at least two donkeys there right now!

I'm not greedy...I just want one of us to get one of them.

We'll get the other one next year wink

Fish on...

Todd

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#993145 - 09/05/18 10:53 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I checked cameras on Monday and we have another stellar herd this year. LOTS of does & fawns, yearlings and bucks running around. Our (2) new stand locations are going to be money and they could have cared less that we've been in there working. I'm counting 10 individual bucks from spikes through mature deer so far, including one management buck that has 3 separate antlers. There's at least 3 big boys in the mix. It's been fun to watch them grow over the past 2 years. The masher big daddy of them all has yet to make an appearance, so we are really hoping he's still around.
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#993146 - 09/05/18 10:55 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Another kinda interesting thing is that some of the mature bucks are totally hard horned and all shined up, while others of the same antler size are still in velvet. I don't know if that's caused by age, time of year they were born, food, minerals or what? Maybe someone else has some knowledge they can share.
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#993163 - 09/05/18 06:38 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Originally Posted By: NickD90
Another kinda interesting thing is that some of the mature bucks are totally hard horned and all shined up, while others of the same antler size are still in velvet. I don't know if that's caused by age, time of year they were born, food, minerals or what? Maybe someone else has some knowledge they can share.


Some bucks velvet just gets to itching before others. Unless the ends look balled up still, they are usually done growing by end mid August.

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#993367 - 09/10/18 09:23 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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On the board.


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#993368 - 09/10/18 09:27 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Nice one!

Fish on...

Todd

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#993374 - 09/10/18 10:57 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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That is an awesome shot! Congrats on the nice bull man. thumbs
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#993375 - 09/10/18 11:01 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: WDFW X 1 = 0]
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Splendid bull!

How big of a tussle did you have with the local yellow jackets?

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#993399 - 09/10/18 05:59 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: WDFW X 1 = 0]
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On the board

I'd say! Great pic Too....WA permit bull?

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#993419 - 09/11/18 07:56 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Whoa! Nice hay hooks.
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#993420 - 09/11/18 08:17 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Congrats!! Did ya have him screaming? Idaho archery?
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#993423 - 09/11/18 08:25 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Thanks guys.

Wyoming archery.
In the face screaming.

Never hunted in grizzly country before.
Definitely adds to the hunt.

I wish all the hunters here a safe, successful season.

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#993427 - 09/11/18 10:29 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Have many fond memories of WY elk and trout on the fly.

Looks like you made some too....

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#993444 - 09/11/18 03:23 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Driftin']
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Originally Posted By: Driftin'
Have many fond memories of WY elk and trout on the fly.

Looks like you made some too....


+1. If I ever leave WA, WY is where I'm headed next. It's heaven on earth and the way Colorado used to be 30 - 40 years ago.
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#993719 - 09/18/18 09:45 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: WDFW X 1 = 0]
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Never hunted in grizzly country before.
Definitely adds to the hunt

No kidding...not sure I want or need that type of excitement while elk hunting.

A Wyoming guide was killed by a Grizzly just last Fri while packing out an elk. Client was mauled but survived and called for help. The guide was married with 5 kids...

Ike

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#993720 - 09/18/18 10:00 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Ikissmykiss]
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Originally Posted By: Ikissmykiss
Originally Posted By: WDFW X 1 = 0
Never hunted in grizzly country before.
Definitely adds to the hunt

No kidding...not sure I want or need that type of excitement while elk hunting.

A Wyoming guide was killed by a Grizzly just last Fri while packing out an elk. Client was mauled but survived and called for help. The guide was married with 5 kids...

Ike


Unfortunately this is part of the game, a really dangerous and schitty part.

The story said that they had a big ol' handgun with them when they went in the woods after the elk the next morning, but that it was stowed in a pack and the pack was "over there" on the ground when the bear strolled up on them and the dead elk...this seems like the wrong place to be stowing the gun.

Hindsight is 20/20, but if I were going into the bushes after a wounded/dead elk that had been out all night, I'd have that gun locked and loaded and in my hand the entire time, the chances of a bear being on or near that elk carcass is too high to do otherwise.

Fish on...

Todd

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#993748 - 09/18/18 04:31 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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That's a really sad conclusion to a very poor decision.

If I even remotely think I'll run into any trouble of any kind whatsoever, I have my weapon at the ready 24/7. I've previously shared with the board that I've had a scrape with an extremely pushy and agitated black bear while I was unarmed before...and now I just don't play. Especially in Griz country.

This mistake is on the guide. There should have been a minimum of 2 rifles and 2 hand-cannons locked, loaded and at the ready. Preferably a third set of eyes to look out and oversee the guys doing the dirty ground work. Just bad thinking....poor fella.

Edit and PS: I've told Todd this, but at our secret Chanterelle spot I stumbled upon a freshly killed and semi-buried BT yearling that had just been chewed on (blood was still wet). Hair on the back of my neck stood straight up; hand went on my weapon and I noped the heck outta there. When in doubt, back off. No Elk or mushroom is worth it.


Edited by NickD90 (09/18/18 04:40 PM)
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#993822 - 09/19/18 07:11 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I just read were the client / survivor chucked a pistol at the guide as the guide had one of the bears on top of him and then he RAN AWAY!

WOW.

What a coward.
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#993853 - 09/20/18 11:49 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Did he go back for the elk?
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#993855 - 09/20/18 12:30 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: stam]
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Originally Posted By: stam
Did he go back for the elk?


Am I a horrible person for wondering that, too?

Fish on...

Todd

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#993859 - 09/20/18 02:33 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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rofl
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#994266 - 10/02/18 08:55 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Gettin' ready for prime time! We got at least 7 bucks of various sizes on camera moving about, but the "Masher" has been a no show so far. SOON!
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#994269 - 10/02/18 09:22 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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BANG!

Can't fuckin wait! One more day of prep stuff, and it's on.

Fish on...

Todd

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#994270 - 10/02/18 09:35 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Good luck!

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#994286 - 10/02/18 07:39 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Yep, good luck.
Don't get bar eaten.
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#994294 - 10/03/18 12:21 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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It's finally here. I'm headed out tomorrow to get a little more scouting in until my White River bull tag opens Saturday. I took work off through the week, so I should get a bull if I can find the right one and get him to hold still long enough for me to get him with my muzzy. From what I've been seeing, it should be good!

Good luck to everyone who gets to hunt starting Saturday!

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#994297 - 10/03/18 01:15 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Excited to see your pics!!

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#994308 - 10/03/18 05:52 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Go git' em WSU! That's a great tag!
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#994321 - 10/04/18 08:57 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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OK, time for Salmo's non-hunting report. As per usual, the yard is full of deer again this year. Fortunately they have been staying off the front porch, but they are checking ever inch of the exclosure fencing around my raised bed garden area. More bucks than ever this year, but I've only seen spikes and fork horns. And this seems to happen every year; I haven't seen an antlered animal in the last 3 weeks. I think a memo goes out to them every year that early archery season opens Sept. 1 or thereabouts. Funny how all the bucks get scarce around the end of summer every year. I really should get a game camera and mount it on our deer "freeway" to get some idea of just how many of these hooved varmints inhabit the neighborhood.

I have a bear story too. Two weeks ago I was fishing on the Madison River up a trail from a public access. On my way out that afternoon I could see a couple people at the access waving their arms over their heads toward me. For a moment I thought they were mistaking me for my well-known popular friend and were just happy to see me coming to the parking area. Then I overheard them yelling, "There, there!" Huh? So I yelled back, "There where?" Still hiking along, I could now hear that they were saying, "Bear! Bear!" So naturally I said, "Where?" "In the brush right in front of you!" they responded. Oh. So I yelled, "Black bear?" They replied, "Yes." So I reached for the can of bear spray in my pack's side pocket and let my wading staff drag and clank along the trail and began talking my usual and best Alaska and Kamchatkan "Hey bear, hey bear," and walked forward on the trail which became extremely brushy there because it was a riparian area along a small creek that ran into the big river. And sure enough, Mister Blackie was sufficiently disturbed by my conversation that he climbed up the hill from this brushy berry patch until he was about 10' above and 20' west of the trail. So I kept talking to him and walked over to the access area where my car was parked. I had no sooner reached the parking lot and the bear came right back down into the brush and resumed chomping on the berries he had been feasting on. I met the couple who had warned me of the bear's presence and thanked them. If they hadn't been there and seen the bear, the brush is so thick on the trail at that one spot that I would have literally run smack into the bear before I saw it. I think that is only the second, maybe third, time that I have encountered a black bear that didn't zoom off full speed away when I came upon them. This guy just didn't want to leave his berry patch and was willing to move aside for a minute while I walked through his territory. Then I got to thinking, just before I began hiking out, another angler came hiking up into the canyon, and he too would be hiking out at some point in the late afternoon or early evening. I hope the bear was finished with the berry patch by then.

Oh, the trout fishing was just so-so, and the biggest brown came unhooked and got away.

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#994337 - 10/04/18 08:52 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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A few Septembers ago the wife and I hiked into Cascade Lake in Yellowstone to chase grayling. We gave up on the lake and were cruising along the shoreline looking for the outlet. First, we found an area about 20x20 where the grass was all matted down. There were some pieces of elk hair and a very few pieces of bone. After doing the standard (for me) but probably dumb thing of looking closely at the carnage we went on fishing. After talking with the wolf bio about which pack probably killed the elk I sort of arrived at the conclusion that the wolves killed the elk, ate some, and then the Griz cleaned up. The next time we went to Yellowstone we carried bear spray. Never saw anything, but I suspect that "they" saw us.

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#994351 - 10/05/18 08:22 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Salmo - I have an extra game camera if'n you really want to check out what's out there. They go nocturnal as soon as their velvet comes off. A couple of ours were on daytime camera Sept 1st with velvet and on the 2nd, the velvet was already off and they haven't been seen during the day since. It's pretty amazing how fast they can shed their velvet.
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#994378 - 10/05/18 01:16 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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The velvet gnome is the problem.
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#994587 - 10/12/18 07:36 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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After the past few weeks I've had, I'm really looking forward to the season starting tomorrow morning. This blue bird weather is going to suck, but at least I'll be sitting in a tree stand watching squirrels act a fool.

Less than 24 hours to go...
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#994590 - 10/12/18 08:00 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Indeed! Looking forward to getting to our zone tonight and being ready to go in the morning.

Fish on...

Todd

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#994598 - 10/12/18 11:35 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Best of luck to you both!

I'm off to Curlew for a week so hoping for a tasty twinkie (ie whitetail).

After all these years I'm still not used to watching them run off like a dog. Just seems wrong. Which is why I prefer to watch them run off until they run out of blood and drop like they hit a trap door smile
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#994627 - 10/13/18 06:31 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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So it begins...good luck out there!

Fish on...

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#994647 - 10/14/18 10:28 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Was out all day yesterday 7am till dark, saw 3 does but that was it.

I hunted some small units, Christmas trees and reap rod all within 2 miles of my house, saw little sign. Did some rattling and calling, had one doe come in to a fawn in distress. No sign of the rut starting over here yet.

We need some bad weather to get the deer moving around during daylight.

I had not seen any bucks around all summer, so I figured they were all nocturnal but after going out yesterday into my usual spots that I know are big buck bedding areas I found little sign, only one fresh rub, so that has got me scratching my head since these areas always have good bucks occasionally eager to come into a rattle session and some grunts. Did not hear so much as a twig break on one coming into check the situation out, which is odd, I have found that if you can get within 100 yards of a bedding location more times than not they will come into a rattle, most times you wont see them but you generally always hear them when they get close trying to wind you or spy you.

I blew a chance once on a masher 4 point, 150 class, He came in hard in some Christmas trees, head down and grunting he got 5 yards from me standing broadside only problem there was a Christmas tree between me and him the whole time. He stood there confused for a few seconds so I figured I had to try and shoot him, All I had on me was a scoped riffle so I poked it through the tree pointed it at his shoulder and pulled the trigger, I figure the shot deflected off a branch as he just stood there for a second before swiftly zig zagging away. Now when I rattle in the brush I carry my short barreled 870 loaded with buckshot and a 10mm Glock (220 grain hard cast double taps) so I can shoot right through the brush. Buckshot kills them pretty good within 20 yards and Id shoot out to 50 with the pistol if I have time for a good shot.





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#994664 - 10/15/18 08:18 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: RICH G]
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Originally Posted By: RICH G
reap rod





rofl rofl
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#994669 - 10/15/18 09:51 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Besides the blue bird skies, it was a nice opening weekend for Todd and I. There was pretty good animal movement considering the weather. I had a small 2x2 stop by yesterday morning, but I let him walk. The "Masher" is back in town and is bigger than ever. He made a 9 am appearance on camera yesterday and had if Todd or I elected to sit in that particular stand, we be posting him here today.

One of these days, we'll be in the right place at the right time. Until then, happy hunting!
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#994673 - 10/15/18 12:12 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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You do realize that the "Masher" has his own trail cam system that lets him know where you guys are at any time.

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#994701 - 10/15/18 02:54 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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The elk hunt was pretty incredible. I missed a nice 6X6 opening day (no idea WTF happened). Spent the next 5 days passing on 5x5s and small 6 or 2. I got busted by a herd bull that came in silent and was staring at me at 20 yards when I turned around. Other bulls that would commit, made it into the national park before I could get on them, etc. Pretty much in elk the entire time. On the second to last morning, my gun didn't go off (cap did go off). No idea why, as I had been cleaning and reloading each day to avoid such mishaps. On the 2nd to last evening I shot the first bull I could and ended up with a 5x4. I'd passed at least a dozen bigger bulls at that point but getting everything to line up with a muzzy is dicey. It was a bittersweet ending to one hell of a fun week of elk hunting!

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#994737 - 10/15/18 10:00 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Congrats WSU! Post pics! Sounds like a great, tough and rewarding hunt. A 5x4 is nothing to scoff at and you have a freezer full of meat for the winter and lots of great memories. thumbs
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#994742 - 10/16/18 06:45 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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My Dad, when asked why he was willing to shoot a doe, replied that he had cooked those antlers for weeks and they never were edible....

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#994748 - 10/16/18 09:06 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I'll see if I can figure out how to post some pics. While I am a bit bummed I couldn't connect on a masher, it was a really fun hunt with family and friends. We put in the effort, hunted hard for the 6 days we hunted, and I'm still sore! And, as you guys point out, we ended up with a decent bull and a freezer full of delicious elk!

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#994801 - 10/16/18 05:41 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: wsu]
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Originally Posted By: wsu
And, as you guys point out, we ended up with a decent bull and a freezer full of delicious elk!

Plus you have a couple of cow tags to fill as well if I'm not mistaken? Congrats on the bull and good luck on the remainder of the season! thumbs

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#994806 - 10/16/18 07:14 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Ikissmykiss]
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Lots of cow tags. I have a pumice plains tag this weekend my dad and I are going to hunt. Then my dad and wife have late muzzy cow tags that I will be camp cook and babysitter for. Should be fun to take all the kids on and help family on the hunt. Then my dad has another master hunter cow tag. Lots of elk hunting coming up.

And, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, my dad has a quilomene tag for a masher muley. It’s been great so far and is just starting!!

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#994936 - 10/18/18 09:48 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: wsu]
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We're getting ready for weekend #2. I did a short sit Tuesday evening and didn't see a thing. This weather stinks for Blackies, but what can you do besides pray for some rain!
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#994959 - 10/19/18 09:44 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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The bucks are starting to be out and about here in Olympia. The big one could walk by any time!

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#994962 - 10/19/18 09:57 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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There was a pretty good battle royale out in the hayfield behind the barn the other night, horns clattering and some goods oof's, ugh's and whomp's!, glad my 8 year old grandson got to hear the action,there's been a minor masher hanging about with a couple of dusktime sightings recently, I fully expect to hear a shot in the night soon.
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#995009 - 10/20/18 09:10 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Checking in from the island with a fresh cup of Joe. Just got back from a morning sit. Nuthin'. Toff is still out jerkin' his pud somewhere. Cams indicate everything has gone totally nocturnal. Bassturds. Song Dogs were out in full force last night. They're Bassturds too.

One Ol' Man Masher has really started to get his swol on since the last cam check.

Soon.


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#995012 - 10/20/18 09:47 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Nocturnal indeed ! It only took a couple daze of orange clad hunters, trucks, and this tommy bahama weather to get them all settled in for the starry nites.

Haven’t seen a deer in the last two daze around these parts. The only critters seen are elk, yotes, and the soon to be future grouse dinners...

Time to switch out the morning fog and zero deer pattern hunts to the evening sits. Should be much dryer on the butt to boot !

Good Luck y’all
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#995017 - 10/20/18 11:09 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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A forkhorn or maybe 3-point with a mixed group of does and yearlings next door yesterday evening.

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#995022 - 10/20/18 05:57 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
Todd Offline
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This morning's hunt was wonderful, but ultimately unsuccessful. In a tree stand right now! We have a massive non-typical on this stand's cam occasionally...maybe he will make a mistake tonight.

Fish on...

Todd

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#995044 - 10/22/18 01:49 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Pea soup fog the past few mornings has lingered into the afternoons rendering bucks even more ethereal....

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#995047 - 10/22/18 02:20 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I joined the whidbey crew over the weekend for the first deer hunting I have done in almost 30 years.

Didnt see an animal at the stand morning or eve all weekend. Jumped a huge Doe walking around mid day Sunday, got a bead on her for a split second but didnt shoot cause it didnt feel right before she disappeard into the thickness

That moment hooked me again...drove the hook deep.

I'll be back out next weekend smile
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#995048 - 10/22/18 02:47 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Damn Indian summer weather! foul

The "supposed" rain this week will be a welcomed change and I plan on being right in it.
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#995050 - 10/22/18 02:53 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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One cranberry field depredation doe and a nice little spike so far in my freezer. Off to the Colockum for elk next.
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#995052 - 10/22/18 03:22 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Filled my cow tag this weekend in Pumice Plains. Shot her about 3.5 miles from the truck late morning Saturday and ended up getting the last load out Sunday morning. Feeling pretty sore at work today! It's pretty a pretty cool hunt in a place most folks don't get to go.

I'm thinking I may have to give deer a shot this week. It should be good Wednesday afternoon/evening if the predicted storm comes in Thursday. Now's the time to get in the blacktail woods. Good luck to everyone!

Dogfish - My dad has a Quilomene tag. If you happen to locate a masher buck during your Colockum hunt, please shoot me a message.

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#995059 - 10/22/18 09:26 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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At the rate your going, you should in invest in a cold storage facility. thumbs
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#995082 - 10/23/18 02:01 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I have a feeling this weekend is going to be good for you guys. A friend sent me a photo on Friday of a huge buck walking along a city street in Lakewood during the middle of the days looking like he was all swollen up. Sunday I saw a couple of does walking around in an area my Friend has lived in for over 40 years. He had never seen any in the area before that. Yesterday I saw a real nice buck walking down a driveway in Gig Harbor, then another doe crossing the road a few miles away. I drive several hours a day on average, and these are the first I have seen in the last month and the only buck I have seen in the past 3 months.

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#995083 - 10/23/18 02:25 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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A couple of the fawns that live in my neighborhood were all of a sudden without momma today.

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#995087 - 10/23/18 05:08 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I hope so! Toff mentioned the same activity reports. I'm going to shoot for a Wed - Friday hunt then I have to go to China on Saturday. Nah...I didn't really want to hunt during the best 5 days of the season anyways. It's cool. foul
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#995101 - 10/23/18 08:14 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Just got word from our hunting grounds that they are indeed up and moving about with this shift in the weather. Hope to hit it for tomorrow evening's sit.
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#995156 - 10/24/18 09:54 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Checking in from Camp Shame. Solo sit #1 of 5 consecutive is in the books. Had a doe and fawn chill for a bit, then a crasher just at dusk. He zigged when I needed him to zag. Oh well. Hopefully we shake hands and draw pistols at dawn.

This upcoming weather system is going to be perfect for the next 2 days. There's a nice wind and a good light rain at the moment and that makes me happy.

BTW - camp is so quiet & chill without Todd and Ryley. I miss em' but this is good too. I am going to do bad things to Todd's sleeping bag.


Tomorrow Morning is up to bat.
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#995178 - 10/25/18 12:07 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Here is a picture of my buddy's 10 year old son and his first deer. We only had two days to hunt this season because Vaughn cant miss his select soccer games and practices so this was a first legal deer program.

Vaughn made a great shot and the spike went about twenty yards before piling up. He was SO excited.

Itll be a good memory for him.


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#995181 - 10/25/18 12:52 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Awesome! My wife took one of our 5 year olds out last night for the last hour. They ended up getting a nice little 2x3! I'm pretty excited for them to head out on their own and have success. The 5 year old had quite the play by play including demonstrating the buck jumping straight in the air then taking off. Demonstrated as only a wildly excited 5 year old could. Too cool!

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#995235 - 10/25/18 08:19 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Way awesome!!!
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#995366 - 10/27/18 08:20 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Just back from idaho elk hunting tagged a good 5x5 and helped two buddies get a 6x6 and a spike great 2 weeks. Great first idaho elk hunt.

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#995386 - 10/28/18 11:28 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Decided to chase pheasant for the last few daze and wait until the last day of the general deer season for another go at deer, still no Buck for us.

Great ditch dragon hunting for us tho. Combined with some almost great Quail hunting over on the dry side before this rain, has provided us with a few tasty bird bits, so we’ll get thru the winter with a little game in the fridge... banana


Edited by Myassisdragon (10/28/18 11:29 AM)
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Hmmm

- "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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#995442 - 10/29/18 09:32 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Decided to head out with the my grand daughter for a hunt this afternoon. After hearing of all the tree sitters and stand hunters faring less than well, I decided to use my young hunting partner as a brush-buster & deer flusher this evening while I sit about a 100 yards away in the dry ! wink

Unless that’s her plan for me !
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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."

D'uh!

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#995493 - 10/29/18 11:49 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Wow, really wish I could be out there this year. Driving home I saw another two bucks in yards tonight, both of which were on the move. Saw a few does moving too. One buck was a really nice, the other a typical 2-3 point. Hope you guys that have not scored yet get another night or two to try. It really looks good out there.

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#995677 - 11/01/18 12:09 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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No deer were harmed by me this season. Maybe I'll get out late season and give it better effort.

Did any of the island mashers show themselves?

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#995678 - 11/01/18 12:42 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Nada.
I spent a fair amount of time over the weekend and monday night this week walking and in stands and didnt see a deer. Monday I spent nearly 30 minutes goin 100 yards in the woods getting into the stand quietly and early, thinking he might be bedded down nearby. No dice.
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#995681 - 11/01/18 01:24 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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That describes the vast majority of my blacktail hunting experience.

Did it seem like the rut was going strong? I didn't see as much activity and rubs this year as I have the last few, but the could just be that I wasn't looking in the right places. Typically there are rubs in the same locations year after year, but I didn't see them in the same spots this year.

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#995925 - 11/05/18 12:21 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?
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#995973 - 11/06/18 09:55 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I was wondering the same. Last night my wife had to wait while the larger forkhorn (we have two here this year) moved out of the drive way so she could drive her car up to the garage. Nobody seems to be hunting in the neighborhood this year, so I expect some heavy grazing on landscaping this winter.

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#995985 - 11/06/18 12:02 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: elparquito]
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Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?




A......................Yea.
I'm sick of meat.

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#996115 - 11/07/18 02:53 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: elparquito]
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Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?



killin' time, just killin' time.....you still want a pic?
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#996125 - 11/07/18 04:35 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Patience.
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#996126 - 11/07/18 04:36 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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The chicken cannot breath.

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#996127 - 11/07/18 04:37 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Kung FU grip. Like it owes me money. grin
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#996186 - 11/08/18 08:45 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Is there an extended buck or either sex season? I could possibly tie one up to my mailbox post, if that's convenient enough.

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#996189 - 11/08/18 08:58 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Late buck is a 4 day season typically around +-17-20th.

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#996223 - 11/08/18 10:37 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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15th - 18th this year. Salmo - if you could get a nice 3 pt. or better tied up, that would be fantastic.
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#996329 - 11/09/18 09:03 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: elparquito]
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Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?



I was fortunate enough to harvest a nice 4x Roosie on the opener last Saturday. Does that count?
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#996331 - 11/09/18 09:06 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Haven't seen the 3-point for several weeks. I think he's in hiding, or gone nocturnal as you say.

Several does and yearlings around again yesterday. Turns out they get real pissed when I try to lasso them. As docile as they normally are, they also have a mean streak when disturbed.

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#996333 - 11/09/18 09:14 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Salmo g.]
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Originally Posted By: Salmo g.
Haven't seen the 3-point for several weeks. I think he's in hiding, or gone nocturnal as you say.

Several does and yearlings around again yesterday. Turns out they get real pissed when I try to lasso them. As docile as they normally are, they also have a mean streak when disturbed.


There is a video out there of some clown putting a lasso on a doe...that deer kicked that dumbass all over the yard. I bet he never does that again.

Fish on...

Todd

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#996398 - 11/09/18 04:23 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Todd]
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Originally Posted By: Todd
Originally Posted By: Salmo g.
Haven't seen the 3-point for several weeks. I think he's in hiding, or gone nocturnal as you say.

Several does and yearlings around again yesterday. Turns out they get real pissed when I try to lasso them. As docile as they normally are, they also have a mean streak when disturbed.


There is a video out there of some clown putting a lasso on a doe...that deer kicked that dumbass all over the yard. I bet he never does that again.

Fish on...

Todd


It's a good thing we don't know anyone that would ever accost a poor city deer on one or more occasions. thumbs
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#996399 - 11/09/18 04:27 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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LOL smile

I like new Nick better than old Nick on most things...but new Nick is sure a lot less exciting on that front!

smile

Fish on...

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#996402 - 11/09/18 04:40 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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That's a fair read, but you never know what surprises the future may bring.

In reality, old Nick wouldn't be typing to you now. Old Nick would be gutted like a fish in a Shenzhen back alley somewhere and left for dead. For real.

Whew!
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#996404 - 11/09/18 04:50 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: Drew]
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Originally Posted By: Drew
Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?



I was fortunate enough to harvest a nice 4x Roosie on the opener last Saturday. Does that count?


Absolutely! Pics!
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#996445 - 11/10/18 10:18 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Two thumbs up for Drew ! It looks like Drew and his family will make it thru this winter ! wink

My meat hungry family is banking on the late buck season however, the weather is looking way too nice again, so itz likely a long wet winter of eating chum for us...
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- "It's past the time to "play nice", after all, they are pooching us royally."

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#996496 - 11/11/18 12:04 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: elparquito]
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Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?



I killed a 5x4 bull and a cow with a pumice plains tag. Wife got 2 pt blacktail. I just got back from 5 days hunting with my dad on his muley tag. He passed a big 3x4 the first hour. We passed dozens of bucks but never found the giant we were looking for. We’re headed back for the last weekend. We’d like to go more since the rut was really getting going when we left but we both have to work through Friday.

Hopefully late buck is good for everyone!


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#996545 - 11/12/18 10:50 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Nothing on my Bainbridge early season archery, but then I NEVER see them in Sept. NOW however, I have a decent 3x4 walking around the apple orchard I hunt. Will he be there on 21 Nov. when the late season starts???? History says NO but hope springs eternal...
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#996706 - 11/13/18 05:15 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Looking forward to Thursday - Sunday and some hot bang flop action.
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#997525 - 11/27/18 07:15 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Nothing to report back at this juncture. I'm into ML season now and have until the 15th to seal the deal on the Masher. He zigged instead of zagged this past weekend - again. He's a crafty bassturd.
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#1001395 - 01/17/19 08:11 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Originally Posted By: elparquito
Anyone kill anything (besides ColeyG - he ALWAYS kills something cool)?

Reports?

Photos?

Anything?



Warning, very few animals were harmed in the making of this post.

Sorry Parker, I was a little slow on taking the bait. Haven't been poking my head in here too often lately. Don't worry Stam, I still love you. Sorry to be a stranger, though I hear you like the stranger from time to time?!?

2018 was a rough one for me with regard to putting groceries in the freezer. I spent a lot of time in the field, more than that last year or two for sure, but I wound up with a lot less meat to show for it. Made some exceptionally memorable memories in some amazing places with top shelf people, which is the important part I guess. It would have been nice to have a little more to take home for the effort though. C'est la vie.

Here is a quick recap.

I went on my first mountain goat hunt at the tail end of "last" season or beginning of "this season." Goats are tough to kill, tough to eat, but badass animals that live in cool places. I like mountain hunting.

































My first fall hunt was for caribou. I planned a long weekend to hunt the opener and then planned on hunting each of the next two weekends. I passed up a decent bull at 7am on the opening morning that was standing within yards of where I killed my B&C bull a few years back. Big mistake. Weather blew us out of the high country and for the next three days we stared at an endless parade of cows and calves with not a bull to be found. ADFG shut the season down a few days after the opener as the recently and greatly reduced quota had been met. So I wound up hunting basically two days of what was supposed to be a 30 day opportunity. Major disappointment and failed plan.

























Checked out some new country for my sheep trip this year. Flew into the Talkeetna mountains and battled some burly weather for ten days. We hiked our dicks into the dirt and saw a bunch of animals. Passed on a ram that was probably legal on our first day of hunting. He was just too close for comfort and so I let him walk from 30 yards. The weather gods were against us as the clouds and rain seemed to show up just when we needed vis the most.
















































In September I dropped in my uncle and his family in Montana and chased elk with a bow and arrows. It was the most fun I've ever had on a hunt. I didn't fling any pointy things at elk but we got one for the team. I am hooked for life on hunting elk in the rut. On one magical day we were surrounded by fifteen different bulls and a pile of cows all going nuts. Awesome.






































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#1001397 - 01/17/19 08:12 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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And finally I snuck in a little hunting on a family trip to Hawaii over the holidays. Hunting critters with breaking surf waves as the backdrop and grilling meat on the beach in flip flops and shorts is pretty cool. Might have to try that again sometime. Axis deer is some high quality grub. The cultural and interpersonal experience was more meaningful than the harvest. Lots of cool history in that place.

Dream in the spirit of Minho.





















Here is to a safe and successful 2019 season eh!
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#1001399 - 01/17/19 09:31 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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You took a fvcking Wolverine? That is badass! Congrats on the skunk bear and goat.

I suppose I should write up my season report sometime...
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#1001400 - 01/17/19 09:37 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Bycatch wink

I have a huge amount of respect for Wolverines. Tough as they are, that one didn’t fare well against the .300wm. By most accounts they are the least often seen Alaskan wildlife, but I’ve happened across quite a few of them. We must have a few things in common.
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#1001401 - 01/17/19 09:54 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Very cool! Definitely animal of a lifetime - Congrats Coley. When my family used to live up there, my pops had an opp to take one while sheep hunting, but he passed on the shot. He said he always regretted it and didn't regret it at the same time.

I assume you kept the pelt right? Any plans for mount or tanned hide on the wall?
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#1001415 - 01/18/19 07:06 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I keep thinking that I go hunting to kill things to eat, which is a prime reason. Then, I see places like this and remember that there is so much more to it. Looks like you add good people to the mix, too.

Thanks for sharing.

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#1001454 - 01/18/19 11:57 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Almost! The surf was pretty rough for most of the trip which kept us from getting out to the good fishing/hunting grounds. Surfing was a higher priority than fishing for most of the trip. I did have one Tako cornered for a bit that wound up getting away. I picked up a new Gatku pole spear that I like quite a bit but wasn't able to stick anything with it. Had some close calls with a few kumu and papio.

Carcassman, both hunting and fishing for me are vehicles for adventure with the added bonus of sometimes adding to the food supply. They are both great excuses to get out and enjoy wild places.
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#1001455 - 01/18/19 12:07 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Originally Posted By: NickD90
Very cool! Definitely animal of a lifetime - Congrats Coley. When my family used to live up there, my pops had an opp to take one while sheep hunting, but he passed on the shot. He said he always regretted it and didn't regret it at the same time.

I assume you kept the pelt right? Any plans for mount or tanned hide on the wall?



My buddy shot it. I don't kill stuff I am not going to eat unless it is trying to kill me.

Kind of an interesting story on the wolverine. The day after I shot my goat we headed back up into the same area to find another one for my buddy. When we got above treeline we stopped to glass for a bit and I picked out a wolverine cruising across an open face about 1000 yards away. We watched it for a while and kept hiking in search of goats. When we came around little rock wall to the spot where we cut up my goat the day before, a different wolverine was munching on the gut pile. My buddy wanted to take it home so he did. I spoke with another group of hunters after the trip that watched another wolverine chewing up the bones from the goat my buddy took later in the trip a few miles from the first. Seems like a robust wolverine population in this little area.

The hide is absolutely incredible. We had it tanned with the goat hides, which are true trophies as well. FYI. Wolverines smell terrible.
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#1001459 - 01/18/19 12:29 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Does my heart good to see some grey in your whiskers.... and those legs! Next time warn us, pretty sure those are going to wind up on pornhub next.

Hunting elk in the rut is the most addicting hunting I've found, took me about 20 years to wiggle my way off of that hook, kids grew up on bow killed elk and that's just the way that nature intended, eat the heart while it's warm and put the rest in the freezer. I suspect that there's a Booner Bull in your future....just cause that's the way you do it, already looking forward to that photo essay... (hint: don't pass on cows if it's food you're looking for)

Still would love to kill a moose while I'm in shape enough to deal with it as that is one thing I've never done, Alaska in the fall is pretty hard to hate.

Strange can be....Strange.
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#1001589 - 01/20/19 07:16 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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A Booner BT is my #1 bucket list hooved animal. I / we got close this year dancing with "The Masher". He's awfully close to being a book buck and if he doesn't start digressing this year, he should be an even bigger stud next year. He went from a 5x5 two years ago, to we don't even know what this year (8x7 or 7x6). I don't think he'd made the book based on standard inches alone. He's gonna need those extra points to have a chance.

It'll be neat to see how his rack changes this off season. If at all and if he's still around, but I don't see why he wouldn't be. He's in prime shape, lives right there, nobody has ever laid eyes on him in person and we're the only ones who hunt around our area.

Past that, I reeeeeally want a good Yukon Moose, so I'm with you Stam. He doesn't need to be a Booner or reach that magical 60" mark. To me, any nice Moose would be my trophy of a lifetime. It's the $20K+ for the trip which holds me back. I'm one big business deal away from putting down a deposit. Hope 2019 is the year I can make that deal.
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#1001796 - 01/23/19 09:14 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Coley is addicted to elk hunting.
LOL
Nice pics and a good season.

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#1001797 - 01/23/19 09:52 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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A tad inconvenient seeing as how the closest elk are about a thousand miles away.

Nick, a DIY moose trip here in AK is not unattainable, quite the opposite. You could piece together a float hunt in a sweet spot for $5-$6K RT from Seattle. It could be done for less off of the road system but your odds of killing something would go down.
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#1001799 - 01/23/19 10:17 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Coley,

Don't non-Alaskans have to use a guide or hunt with a state resident? I'd love a DIY moose trip, but didn't think I could. Hence the high cost I threw out because I have looked into guides and its extremely expensive.

I'll make you a deal. You take Toff and I moose hunting in AK and I'll get you into big Colorado bulls. smile
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#1001800 - 01/23/19 10:39 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Guides are required for NR to goats, sheep, and brown bears. NR can hunt moose without a guide, but in some places the antler restrictions vary based on whether or not you are a resident.

Thanks for the offer on Colorado. With family in Montana that is a pretty plug and play trip for me and where I will be chasing elk in the future as often as I am able. I'd be happy to collaborate on a moose trip at some point. I haven't moose hunted the last two years as I have had plenty of moose in the freezer from the last one, and I prefer to do more hunts for smaller animals throughout the year. Half a moose keeps us stocked on meat for two years pretty easily.

70" is the new 60" smile
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#1001804 - 01/23/19 11:08 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Always enjoy CG pixels & prose.

When it comes to large ungulates, a man's got to know his limitations. That often includes freezer volume. *grin*

Have had the pleasure of seeing moose while chasing chrome "up north" and also while hunting elk in WY and MT. First glance at the cow in WY made me believe I was seeing someone's horse tied to a tree at the edge of a snowy meadow. We were both at the edge of treeline about 10k above sea level. Leica 10X solved the riddle. Also jumped one in the MT timber while tracking smokin' hot elk sign in the snow. Both surprised me for being in the high timber and their size. I've long solo hunted for bulls & bucks in remote areas but the idea of packing out a moose makes it a two-man endeavor. Even more so for the Yukon variety and available freezer volume. YMMV.

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#1001807 - 01/23/19 11:57 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Coley,
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#1001833 - 01/23/19 01:17 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I've been in the candy van. In isn't as scary as it looks.

Three people works well for cutting up and packing a moose. Mine usually wind up in 8 chunks when I leave the meat on the bone.

Front Q x 2
Rear Q x 2
Ribs x 1
Possibles Bag x 2
Head x 1

Each one of those chunks is a load for one person. The lightest load is usually the head at 50-75lbs. The rear quarters can weigh 160 but for an average sized bull they are usually more like 120-130. I don't shoot them more than a mile from where I have to get them to on flat ground. Add any ups and downs, swamps, schwacking, or other hardships and that distances starts shrinking quickly. I fell down with a large hind quarter on my back in a swamp and the thing almost killed me. My face was getting pushed into the muck and I couldn't roll over or breathe. I guess the moose was just looking for a little revenge. Moose are big critters.
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#1001840 - 01/23/19 01:37 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I would like to eat more moose, and I would like to shoot one (or participate in the death of one)...I would do some packing to make that happen, but I wouldn't enjoy it.

Fish on...

Todd

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#1001853 - 01/23/19 02:19 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I hate myself so I would thoroughly enjoy it. It can't be worse than packing big bulls out on snowshoes from many miles into the deep in subzero temps.

Ah youth.

If'n I want that moose, I need to get on it. Old man time is starting to creep up on me. I shouldn't be sore from just sleeping. Why am I sore from just laying there? This getting old business is a buncha bullchit.
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#1001882 - 01/23/19 03:37 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Originally Posted By: NickD90
I hate myself so I would thoroughly enjoy it. It can't be worse than packing big bulls out on snowshoes from many miles into the deep in subzero temps.

Ah youth.





[Bleeeeep!], I packed a 15 pound steelhead out yesterday and I'm sore today....I may have to rethink the "while I'm still in shape" line I threw out there.

...the things we do for fun.
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#1001885 - 01/23/19 04:10 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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I think I'm still in decent enough shape, but that doesn't mean I want to do schit like carrying out large animals any more.

I'd do it for moose. That schit is good.

Fish on...

Todd

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#1001906 - 01/23/19 05:17 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: stam]
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Originally Posted By: stam
Originally Posted By: NickD90
I hate myself so I would thoroughly enjoy it. It can't be worse than packing big bulls out on snowshoes from many miles into the deep in subzero temps.

Ah youth.





[Bleeeeep!], I packed a 15 pound steelhead out yesterday and I'm sore today....I may have to rethink the "while I'm still in shape" line I threw out there.

...the things we do for fun.


Oh, I so wanted to make a cute comment about the hike out of Cook Creek with a nice Steelhead, running outta wind by the time I got back to the hatchery parking lot but realized, Ida been talking AgeSmak about myself !
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#1001955 - 01/24/19 10:56 AM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Real men pack a chicken on their head.
Just Sayin.

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#1001962 - 01/24/19 12:39 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: ColeyG]
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Originally Posted By: ColeyG
Sorry Parker


You are the last person ever on this board that would need to apologize to me!

As always, your report(s) won the internet and put everything and everyone here on PP to shame.
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#1001965 - 01/24/19 01:29 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Fine then, go screw yourself Paker smile

Remember back when posting pictures and telling fishing stories was fairly common around here. That was pretty cool. What happened?
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#1002274 - 01/28/19 12:20 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Fine.

Here's your damn report!

Got Stam out on his birthday. We even found a fish or two.

smile

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#1002280 - 01/28/19 12:30 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Not a bad day for a couple of bums. thumbs
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#1002298 - 01/28/19 03:06 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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What??!?! What a pleasant surprise. A few people do still go fishing around here.

Good job sore-mouthing the works!

Happy late birthday Stam. I didn't get you anything, again.
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#1002405 - 01/29/19 03:27 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Looks like more than the mouth will be sore on them feesh.

Birthday beard.

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#1002474 - 01/30/19 01:08 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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Stam lookin' like he's making a list and checking it twice.
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#1002495 - 01/30/19 04:21 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
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No need for a list, ain't nobody nice....all assholes.

Did have fun catching fish though, next day was all about the big ones.

Now, birfday's over...beards gone, nice to get a year older, shave and look ten years younger, chicks still dig it.

Next year Co'G....you've got a whole year to save for something special. I can register at work/sports/outdoors in E'claw, if that'll hep ya' out.
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