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Location: 40 miles south of Seattle
Joined: 10/18/2004
Posts: 8
Any luck this weekend in Washington?

I went out this week, hiked for miles upon miles and saw easily 40+ Does. only one buck, a Poached 2 point mulie in a 3 point min GMU. i was IRATE! I have passed up ducks and deer before because i wasn't absolutlely positive that they were legal, can't stand seeing a perfectly good animal left out in the woods to rot because some jerk got trigger happy and wasn't willing to pack it out (at risk of steep penalties of course). Just can't stand to see hundred+ hunters in an area having a good time, keeping it legal, and then you see that one hunter just couldn't contain himself.

Any other weekend hunters have any luck? I'd like to go back out this weekend but i'm thinking about staying on the westside and look for Black tail, any tips on locations?

Dustin

PS: First time poster here, great forum guys- good conversations and i can tell we're talking to some strong ethical hunters.

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I should add to this... after rereading it makes it sound like i'm only out for the deer on these trips ;-) i think most hunters would agree that an opportunity to spend 3 days doing nothing but hiking in the wilderness and continually sneaking up on any deer, campfires, tents, nighttime BS'ing with guys you only see a couple times a year a really good time. all in all, i love deer hunting and will always go back even if i never got a buck in my life, lol...

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Location: Southeast Washington State
Joined: 09/28/2004
Posts: 117
Any luck this weekend in Washington?

Well Dustin, we've sure stomped a lot of the same ground I reckon. I grew up South of Puyallup, but moved to the desert to dry out.

Since Modern Firearm Elk season doesn't start for a few days still, we did the deer thing up north of Spokane. Lots of Whitetail up there, but the weather didn't work out for us. My buddy did get a decent buck opening morning, but it wasn't a whitetail or a mulie or a blacktail. I told WDFW I wouldn't publicize what it was, but let's say we didn't have to tag it, and it dressed out to 105 lbs. If you PM me, I'll let you know what it was (sorry to be so cryptic, but I don't want to get a phone call, you know).

Being a big time camp cook, I am not so concerned with bagging game as I am with having a great time. When we set up elk camp, it is usually two big wall tents, all my cooking gear, and a fire ring. I usually take at least 6 of my dutch ovens up with me, and about $500 worth of grub to cook for 4 to 6 hunters. Having to do it all without running water is quite a challenge. We eat pretty well, and if it works out like it did a couple years ago when I tagged out opening morning with a spike, then we eat like kings (you know, real lasagna, stuffed cornish game hens, fresh made sourdough rolls, huckleberry pancakes, rib roast and baked spuds, whiskey nectarine cobbler, that sorta thing). It's hard work all day long, and sometimes that includes going out to hunt a little, collect firewood, take care of stock (if someone brings up the mules or horses) and occasionally just sitting at the campfire poking a stick in the embers, staring at the lazy curls of smoke rising into the treetops.

Nothing pisses me off more at elk camp than to have to deal with other peoples' messes and stupidity. A few years back, I was in a good stand at the edge of big clearing, with good front cover to hide behind, and a definite game trail running down into the clearing from left to right about 50 yards out. 15 minutes after I get there, another guy walks down into the clearing from a couple hundred yards out and parks himself out in plain view right in my field of fire. Now this joker has no chance of being undetected out in the open like that, and so I am standing there watching him, and he swings his rifle up and starts glassing the tree line with his scope!!! When he got in my direction, I was already waving my hunting vest on the end of my rifle while I was squatted down hopefully out of the line of fire. I stand up real slow, and he's still got his rifle pointed in my direction, probably wondering what the hell I am doing. I duck again, and waddle off into the woods away from this idiot, hoping no one else shoots me while I am trying to get my orange vest back on.

Of course, there's the asshole hunters who bring their 4 wheelers and their dogs up to elk camp and proceed to scare every game animal within 15 miles of camp into the next county. Never mind that running their ATV up and down the road is illegal, or letting their dog take off out into the woods without a leash or any other control is also illegal. Obviously they don't give a damn about anyone else up there.

Still, even with the dimwits we have to deal with every year, which seem to multiply like real turkeys do in this state, it is the cliche "even a bad day at elk camp is better than the best day at work".

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Location: 40 miles south of Seattle
Joined: 10/18/2004
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Any luck this weekend in Washington?

ohhh man. i concur. The worst day of hunting is ALWAYS better than the BEST day of work. maybe it's nature, the animals, the lack of traffic... whatever it is...

we had decent weather this weekend. Friday was nice, Saturday was decent. a good amount of wind, but we learned last year and set up camp in a good tree-filled area, so wind wasn't a problem. not much rain until later into Sunday.

Cooking is definately the best part. we had 4 Stoves for a total of 6 grills. 2 perculators putting on the vanilla bean coffee, big sized propane grill boiling up the johnsonvilles while another cooks the eggs, chilli, steaks, potatoes, or whatever else we had.

a good trip, i tell you what.

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