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#990994 - 07/09/18 05:48 PM 2018 Hunting Season
NickD90 Offline
Shooting Instructor for hire

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 3905
Loc: Snohomish, WA
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]
Todd Offline
Bumpin the 6X9's

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 24334
Loc: Seattle, Washington USA
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]
Myassisdragon Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1034
Loc: The Wet Side
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]
wsu Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 337
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]
Capt. Quint Offline
Parr

Registered: 02/07/16
Posts: 65
Loc: Amity Is., NY
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]
NickD90 Offline
Shooting Instructor for hire

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 3905
Loc: Snohomish, WA
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]
Myassisdragon Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1034
Loc: The Wet Side
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]
Capt. Quint Offline
Parr

Registered: 02/07/16
Posts: 65
Loc: Amity Is., NY
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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STARBOARD! Hooper, you idiot, ain't you watchin' it?!?!

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#991853 - 07/31/18 08:25 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
NickD90 Offline
Shooting Instructor for hire

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 3905
Loc: Snohomish, WA
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 - Yesterday at 09:25 PM Re: 2018 Hunting Season [Re: NickD90]
Driftfishnw Offline
Steelhead Hitman

Registered: 02/10/09
Posts: 2023
Good luck to everyone this season.

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