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3rd Season and It Keeps Getting Better!

So Monday night last week I left home alone and set up camp late in the Gifford Pinchot NF near Packwood, WA.

I heard one lone bugle that night around 2am which made me worry less about the rain and made me excited to start Tuesday morning.

At 5:30 I left camp and wandered to no avail.  Returning at lunch time the rain had lessened and the sun even broke so my spirits were raised, temporarily.  When I left for the evening hunt the rain was back in force.  It dampened my spirits as much as the forest around me.

But nothing is as devastating as returning from the evening hunt to discover it had rained INSIDE my tent.  This was the first time I had used the Coleman in the rain and it FAILED miserably.  I refuse to camp overnight without my Marmot or Mountain Hardware tents from now on.

After hunting WED morning in the rain and fog I packed it up and went home.

Saturday I went back with my cousins when the weather had improved.  It was another discouraging morning but by 9am we were in the middle of it!  Jumping cow after cow after cow.

So many firsts on this trip!  I was at full draw on a cow, first time I've had the choice of shoot or not shoot... I chose not to shoot since there were too many bushes in the way to be confident.  Both cousins had shots but missed.

By far it was the best day of archery elk hunting I have experienced since I took it up three years ago... no meat in the truck, but I consider it a succesful trip since so much progress was made... along with great memories.

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I'm heading back to the 560

I'm heading back to the 560 unit (WA) tomorrow night...we'll be packing in a little ways to camp nearer where we want to hunt so we can get right to it at first light... cut out a couple miles of trail walking in the morning.

Ahhhhh... chasing wa'apiti through the steep and deep of the crest of the Cascade mountains.

Busy night tonight... PTA board meeting, then an open house at daughters new middle school.  After which I need to pack my backpack and get everything ready for the trip.

I'm taking one of my oldest friends along.  He has never hunted but wants to learn and see what it is all about.  The weather is going to suck... 60's and raining all weekend... but we'll try to spot something to stalk around the woods.

Hopefully I will have more to report on Monday than all the fun I had...

 

;)

 

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Sounds like you are having

Sounds like you are having fun. We'll hope for a succesful report next week..... Thumbs up

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sunny and clear... very

sunny and clear... very humid.  Nothing like the forecast 65 and raining.

Saw nothing, heard nothing.

 

I have decided that each of the last two seasons I was given a single opportunity at harvesting an elk.  Neither time was successful.  I think next season I need to make dang sure to recognize and capitalize on that one chance I am likely to get...

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Sounds like success to me!

Sounds like you have the right attitude in your first post!  Any time I'm afield is a success in itself! ha ha (I have 3 children that are all in sports and other extra-curricular activities)   I consider every hunt a success because even if I come home with my tag, I have at least learned something new about the area (sign or lack thereof, hunter population, etc) and might even have a chance to at least see some of Mother Nature's best offerings.

 

Keep up the charge!

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Is your season over? I was

Is your season over? I was hoping I was going to see a post with you holding onto the antlers of a big, old bull. I can't imagine hunting elk in that part of the country. It would be neat but tough. My hats off to you. Good luck if you still have time to hunt.

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Sounds like a good time, I

Sounds like a good time, I remeber a few years ago camping/ hunting in the rain and all my stuff got soaked, but i stayed in a wet tent and stil hunted hard. i just turned on my heater and the stuff dried out over a couple days, Is the WA season over? In oregon it ended at the end of sept. I was unsucessful as it was a very slow season for the area i hunt. hopefully next year will be better.

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Yep, early season is over. 

Yep, early season is over.  Late season comes in November but it is a very diffferent game than early season.

It is not easy country to hunt but I go there on purpose.  I could hunt lower areas but I like it up top.  Plus it is an area I backpack in all summer long so I know it pretty well.

I can't wait for next season.  Late season will be fun, but not as much.  Still a chance to get somthing.  Some units are open through most of January!   

But early is what I enjoy.

Weather is what really messed with me.  The rain isn't so bad, but the warmer weather keeps them acting like it is still late summer. 

Poor planning on my part is what it boils down to.  I have been backpacking so much I can't remember how to pack for a truck camping trip.   ;)

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Sorry you didn't get into

Sorry you didn't get into anything.  Hopefully the late season will be more forgiving for you......

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I'm looking forward to our

I'm looking forward to our late season too, deer starts NOV 20 and goes till DEC 13, and our late elk starts in there too. there are only a few units to hunt though for deer it right in my old stomping grounds, so i feel pretty good about it, the elk hunt is in a couple units I havent hunted before but should be fun, the elk is only for a cow but its meat in the freezer. good luck to you.

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Back atcha!

numbnutz wrote:

good luck to you.

Back atcha!

Late season units are unfamiliar areas to me... coupled with winter weather makes for a different style than I enjoy.  Though I hear tracking blood trails is far easier in snow!

 

;)

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