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2nd Season Rifle GMU 12, 23 & 24 Suggestions

Hello, new to the forum. While I have been reading a lot of different articles and forums, including some on this one, a lot seem to be older in places. So my question is, during second rifle season I have read to look for creek drainages. I did a little scouting in the area of 12, but I am not an expert if finding areas at times. Looking at all the different maps I have, drainages are of course not marked and I have been given a few hints from some to look for places where steep goes into flatter areas. An example is Milk Creek drainage. I have looked at this little creek on my topo map and FS maps and seen several areas that might resemble a drainage.  Any other tips on finding these areas, and other tips for hunting these units would be great. We are renting horses to help get into the backcountry and will most likely be on the eastern side of 12, but that hasn't been put in stone yet. Thank you for any help. 

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First off welcome to BGH. IMO

First off welcome to BGH. IMO most folks who talk drainages are talking about any creek that holds water during that time of year. In really dry years that can make all the difference. In a year like this where rainfall and water have not been an issue elk will spread out a bit more. From whta you have said looks like you have a good understanding. Depending on the map you may want to look for small watering hole or marsh areas too as these are other water spots. Send me a PM and I can give you a few points.

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im hunting 24 second season

im hunting 24 second season and plan on making a few trips out there prior to if you wanna join. it will be my first time in the area. im planning on the papoose basin area.

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Thanks for the invite but

Thanks for the invite but will pass for now. I will be up 2nd season also but will be hunting in 12/23. Just back from ML season and had a blast. Even thou it was warm the bulls where singing very well. Never closed the deal on a cow but did get my doe. No bull tag and of course could have taken several bulls from 15-50 yards. Oh well that's hunting. Good luck in October and hope to see some photos.

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I hunted unit 26/231 during

I hunted unit 26/231 during second season years ago (on the east border of your units). The area we were in was heavily hunted, but a few bulls were noted hanging in camps - not in ours - so take my advice accordingly. We were in an alpine area. e.g. some grassy parks, fir/spruce/aspen trees and distinct tree line. Sign was hard to come by, but when we did find it, it was 4+ miles from any road. If you have horses, use them to get into a designated wilderness area (not just BLM or NFS land), and be up and near, but still below the tree line. (Being in the Wilderness will eliminate most of your two-legged hunting competition, save for a few outfitters, and hunters in my opinion, are the biggest factor in elk movement during 2nd season.) My experience is that a spotting scope is just extra, useless weight. Hunt the woods, I have yet to see any elk grazing in grassy parks any time of the day during second season.