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Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by WashCoDad, Oct 6, 2014.
Anyone get anything ??
All I did was sweat my butt off... saw some Elk , but that is a month out.
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.
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.
Wow! Two trophies in one photo. Congratulations!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
i see posts of success but where are the pics??
That's a nice rack! How you gonna mount that?
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.
Wow. That's easy. Can they come hunt in your driveway? Oooohhh... That's why it's so hard... ☺
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?...
FTR, i have seen very little sign and even fewer animals this year. Pretty rough start IMO.
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.
Been out 2 straight weekends seen no deer.
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.
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.