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Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by WashCoDad, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. WashCoDad

    WashCoDad Beanerton Active Member

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    Anyone get anything ??

    All I did was sweat my butt off... saw some Elk , but that is a month out.
     
  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    We saw squat!

    It was the second day before we found droppings in perfect country, a few hunters in the area but not a ton. We only heard one shot at daybreak during the 3 days we were out.

    Biggest thing we saw was a yote, other then that it was chipmunk paradise.
     
  3. Beefcake

    Beefcake Portland Active Member

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    I didn't get out until Sunday afternoon, and I found the area I planned to hunt closed (even though the ODFW website and the Wayerhouser website both showed it open. I still-hunted a bit of timber on national forest land for about 3 hours with little sign and no sightings.
     
  4. Beefcake

    Beefcake Portland Active Member

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    Wow! Two trophies in one photo. Congratulations!
     
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  5. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    Busted something out doing some target practice! I love it when the crows try snitch me out, whatever that animal was, it was not listening to the crow!

    Other than that, I went into a remote area where I have not ever been before, matter of fact based on what I saw nobody was there lately. Found a big ole scrape from a year ago that had recently been revisited. That was 5 minutes into my walk from the truck.

    I wont take me long once the rain begins.
     
  6. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    I only got heat exhaustion.... but, I did find a massive deer den/super highway with lots of fresh poop. I will definitely be revisiting later. There weren't a lot of people out, and we heard about four separate shots throughout the morning.
     
  7. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    My son and I didn't see any deer, did shoot 2 grouse ate them for lunch. Found a nice place to revisit where there is a lot of sign.
     
  8. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    My crew is heading out this weekend to a spot we've been scouting. Have seen some pretty good signs. Hopefully we get some of that supposed rain in, but we'll see how it goes.
     
  9. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hunted desolation unit - off the middle fork by Galena off from county highway 20, primarily around victor creek. Our party of three probably saw thirty does. One of our party saw three bucks but only for a brief second as they headed over the next draw. My best friend indicated that he saw the biggest elk of his life, and that says a lot for him since he has hunted that area for the last thirty years and taken several. Overall we had a good time but no venison.
     
  10. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Took the son and two cousins over to the old stomping grounds on the breaks of the john day. On Sunday they came away with a decent 4x4 and a massive 3x3 and a bonus critter, a very nice 300+ pound brown phase Black Bear.

    I tend to stay local for Blacktail so I'll start in possibly tomorrow morning, I really like the last five days or so though the best as the weather and rut are both usually more agreeable.
    Good luck to all!
     
  11. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    i see posts of success but where are the pics??
     
  12. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    That's a nice rack! How you gonna mount that?
     
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  13. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    As a non-hunter I don't understand why it so hard for you guys to find the deer, just yesterday morning I startled the 3 point in my driveway 25' from my house...the afternoon before he was hanging out with the two fork end horns and does.

    I haven't taken any current pix of the critters, but here is one from a few years ago in the spring. P6200222_Cropped.JPG
     
  14. Lincoln4

    Lincoln4 Buckley, WA Member

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    Wow. That's easy. Can they come hunt in your driveway? Oooohhh... That's why it's so hard... ☺
     
  15. BBQ Guy

    BBQ Guy Portland Member

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    Yes, it is so easy...Forested Lands(1000's upon 1000's of acres), lots of other hunters out bumping animals, etc etc etc...

    As you stated, you have no idea, and even if you did hunt, it might be a few years before you extinguished your supply of yard deer.

    Why bother putting in your 2 cents?...
     
  16. BBQ Guy

    BBQ Guy Portland Member

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    FTR, i have seen very little sign and even fewer animals this year. Pretty rough start IMO.
     
  17. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    Just for a little humor, I used to hunt with my step father just for the time with him. Hunting doesn't do anything for me, but I respect those who do. Hunters are the real conservationist in my mind and I don't oppose hunters, its just not for me...Honestly I would rather have a few less deer in the road on my way to work everyday, since living here I've hit three deer with my car, my wife has hit two and my middle son one deer.
     
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  18. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    Been out 2 straight weekends seen no deer.
     
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    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Today I was out and seen 4 cow Elk, 2 bulls and 4 deer of which one was a fork. Had a bit of rain this weekend so it quieted things up a bit.
     
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  20. Beefcake

    Beefcake Portland Active Member

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    I finally got a day in the field today with my 12 year-old stepson. He was pretty noisy (drags his feet when he walks), but we still had a few close encounters. If I had been smart enough to put in for 1st time hunter doe tags for him, we'd have a full freezer (doe feeding in the open broadside to us at 50 yards for several minutes). We also had a buck coming in through thick 11 year old reprod; when he was about to step out 30 yards from us, the wind shifted and blew my stank in his face, and he bounded back into the trees. Still a fun day in the woods (at least we saw something on his first real hunt, and we got to eat jerky and Snickers bars and drink soda all day).

    I agree with a post above, we saw much less deer sign in a proven area.
     
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