I love to hunt Elk. I'm new to hunting in WA and I'm STILL tring to figure out the regs. Not sure why they have to be so confusing... Can someone tell me what the advantage to getting a special permit is over getting an over the counter tag?
special permits allow you to take game in a unit that would be closed or to hunt a unit during a perticular time frame, or take an animal such as a doe or big bull ect. But, all of those have closed and permits have been doled out. Over the counter is fine though, lots of land to hunt and plenty of game.
Thanks for the info. So, are most of the monsters in the draw areas or are those the areas where the game & fish want the least number of animals taken. I'm used to Az regs where you draw for a unit and have the whole unit to hunt.
I would say its a fair mix between the two, but with the special permit areas you dont have the hunting pressure. I try and get as far away from the pumpkin patches as possible. What area were you thinking of hunting
Where to hunt... that's what I'm trying to figure out. I don't know enough about the areas to make a decent decision. I know there's a good herd in Yakama and St. Helens and I've read that the east side is easier to hunt than the west. Then there's which weapon to use, archery or my 7 mag. Decisions, decisions...
There are. WDFW reports that Elk herds are generally down due to the severe winter. However I scouted in Eastern WA the past two weekends and saw Elk and substantial evidence of Elk. I know the bow hunters are out there but I'm looking forward to the modern firearms season.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...