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2010 Elk

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Jerry, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Well, we scored 2 elk for the 4 of us. We had 3 cow tags and one 3-pt or better bull tag. We got a fat old cow (345 lb hanging) and a big calf over in West Klickitat, GMU 578.

    I myself saw only one fresh set of elk tracks and a pile of fresh crap. It was slim pickings out there.

    I saw a buttload of deer tracks (during elk season), but no hair. Saw a couple of older bear tracks, 2 sets of coyote tracks and no cat tracks. I don't know where all the critters are hiding.

    Got 6 inchres of snow on Tuesday which melted and re-froze making for somewhat less than ideal sneaking conditions.

    All in all it was a good time. 2 elk ain't too bad I reckon.

    Jerry
     
  2. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    blah blah blah...... pics!!! :p
     
  3. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Got no idea of how to put pictures on here. But I can tell you thet the elk were real! :D
     
  4. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good for you! Everyone I have spoken with this year got zip, most didn't even see anything.
     
  5. usmc

    usmc oregon Active Member

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    any action is good action. plus, an elk is a gift no matter what.:thumbup:
     
  6. SICARIO

    SICARIO Oregon City Active Member

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    We really lucked out and got 11 out of 15 tags

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  7. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Had spike only tags and were hunting the southeast corner of the Starkey unit on private land. It's usually a very good area, but this year we saw absolutely zero elk with antlers. Saw many cows and calves, and quite a few bucks and does. Oh well, beats the heck out of working!
     
  8. Bad Droid

    Bad Droid Hillsbarrio Member

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    Heading out for second season, spike. Not holding my breath but have an idea where to go. :)
     
  9. cash$$cow

    cash$$cow Eastern Wa Member

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    We took a small spike in eastern Wa opening day. Saw cows the last day. Warm, and raining. Not a normal year.

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  10. Mason3379

    Mason3379 Oregon City Active Member

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    Got a half decent spike opening day of Oregon coast first season. He was 404lbs. hanging weight, not bad for a spike:). Maybe it was the spring peas that decided to come back for a second harvest this fall. Shot it off of my buddies farm two weeks after he knocked a nice 5x5 off the same property. Should eat good for a while.
     
  11. Godspeed

    Godspeed Oregon Member

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    Was out in the Wallowas and saw only 1 Spike. Between 6 and 8 inches of snow. I did get a chance to see plenty of deer and squirrels though :) haha
     
  12. Sawdust

    Sawdust Bull Mountain(Tigard), OR Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Where in the heck were you all hunting?!?!?!


    All I found was some fresh tracks and three beds. :mad:

    Not counting the two elk I saw hanging in other camps and the cape and hooves I found on the side of a trail.
     
  13. jrozes

    jrozes Clackamas County, Oregon New Member

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    Spent several days in and around Badger Creek wilderness. Saw one set of fresh bull tracks up pretty high, lots of cow tracks and beds down low, but not a single animal seen. This was my first time hunting, solo to boot. Already looking forward to next year.
     
  14. 1bigfoot

    1bigfoot coastal area New Member

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    To jrozes, hang in there. I've been fortunate enough to have harvested mor elk than I can honestly remember, BUT,, I didnt hang a tag on one this year. The fog killed us for three days. We had put four nice bulls to bed friday night and wouldnt know it, we might as well as put down our rifles and picked up a bow's! You couldnt see more than 50 yrds for three long, really long days. Such is elk hunting and all of it that keeps us coming back. We did manage a couple of bulls out of five, but so goes the best laid plans of mice and men. God I love elk hunting!
     
  15. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    I saw 4 elk over the course of the 5 days I got to hunt. The first one was laying down, taking a nap while 4 guys in orange (I thought they were county workers because they were all 4 just standing there staring at it :laugh::laugh:) Then a 2 point with a cow, but of course, a 2 point isn't good enough for WA. It sure looked delicious though! Then the last one was laying next to the logging road in a couple pieces. The crows sure were having a good time with it. Even with the reduced license fees for a vet, this year was pretty close to being a waste of money.
     
  16. Bad Droid

    Bad Droid Hillsbarrio Member

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    My Wife and I went out all weekend camping in the Salmonberry with the pop up. Lots of snow!
    We stumbled upon a cow that had a leg wound and a spike that pulled a Houdini. Tracked the Mom for most of the day up out of the North fork through the steepest, wettest, thickest ****. Someone was about a half click behind us for the first hour or so but they were on the wrong side of the river so I think they had no idea where it went. Later we ran into Mom and Spike again but they were bolting straight down an unbelievable grade through the trees. Never seen them again and although I did a few crash and burns trying to keep up, they won that battle and so we forfeited and went for tequila and beer.
    Went back out the next day, reverse hike because we found dozens of signs and fresh tracks. By that time it was dumping out so we had to get the trailer out.
    Oh yeah, to the guys in the three rigs on Monday, thanks for leaving us stuck in a snow storm after we left the road so you could pass with your fifth wheel. Can't wait to meet you all face to face, cowards.