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Newby interesting in hunting an elk this year...

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Visceral, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Visceral

    Visceral Portland, OR Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've never hunted for an Elk in the lower-48 states. What is involved, and where should I go?

    How do I get started? Have I missed all the tag draws for this year?

    As an Oregon resident, am I allowed to hunt in Central Washington? I almost always nearly run straight into them all over the road out there :)

    Thanks for the help,
  2. Huntbear

    Huntbear Ellensburg, Wa. Member

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    yes, the permit draws are done. You can still buy an over the counter tag if you want. Yes, you can hunt in Central Washington after you buy a Washington state NON RESIDENT license and tag for about 500.00. Oh, but it is spike only there, unless you have drawn a big bull tag.

    As for what is involved, it is a lot of hard work, followed up by more hard work. Then it gets really rough once you get one down. As for where you should go you need to contact the local wildlife biologist, buy some quality maps, get some idea of the lay of the land, and start pounding shoe leather hiking and scouting.

    Good luck. elk hunting is a blast, but not for the faint of heart, or weak of muscle, lol.
  3. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Don't want to hunt Elk in Oregon?

    Have you hunted before? Have you harvested an animal?

    Let's start by giving us a little more info so we can help answer your questions?
  4. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    Well the first and foremost is do you have hunter safety. If you are born after Jan 1972 you need a class for WA. Another important thing is since you are an OR resident you are going to pay out the a?? for a non-resident tag so if money is no object than go for western WA. Talk to others who have hunted, get videos, join a club and most important be safe. Good luck.

  5. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    good luck!
  6. jack1122

    jack1122 Tillamook County Member

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    Get to doing a lot of walking and get some good bino's... Get in shape before season opens is about the best advice I can give you...