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Location: Central WA
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Chelan County Deer Hunting

Guys,

New to the site and I am looking for information on hunting Chelan County. I am currently from Central WA and looking to hunt some new country. I scouted last week up the Entiat and Slide Ridge and really liked the country. Problem was I didn't see a lot of deer. Mostly does and a couple small bucks. I have also never hunted that type of country and looking for some general info on the area. Any help would be appreciated.

Wazzu99

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Chelan County Deer Hunting

Wazzu99, the deer are there. I have been thru the area alot this summer and have seen more deer down low (3000 to 5000') this summer than in years past. If you were out in the last few weeks, the Muleys were hunkering down in the day, staying close to shade. These areas are traditional migratory deer areas, deer moving thru them when the snows come. But, there are also alot of resident deer which stay the entire year. If you were in these areas, you undoubtedly saw a bunch of burned areas. These areas are now magnets for deer, providing all sorts of new growth to munch on.

Watch the open areas at first light, and see the deer fade into cover as light comes up. Work the wind. (Remember these deer are known to bed down facing away from the wind, buts into the wind, this way they can look ahead and smell behind themselves...This means they are looking at you if you stalk into the wind. Better to hunt from the side across the wind. ) Then, stalk the cover after first light, use your binoculars to probe ahead of you, look for the ears moving. They hear you, and are the giveaway I look for when hunting the cover. These deer will blend into cover so well, you may not see them until too late. Bring onions and bacon for your liver and heart dinner.

Go Cougs!

Wazzu circa 1986'

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Iceman,

Thanks for the advice. it sounds like you have this nailed down. It looks like outstanding deer country but some of the vegatation that is starting to grow back is extremely thick and tall. I'm planning on hiking out some ridges and setting up at first light. Hopefully with a little luck I'll see some bucks slip back into the brush and be able to put the sneak on them. Thanks a bunch.

Wazzu99

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Not exactly nailed down. But, me and my two partners are getting pretty good at filling our tags. Even when it seems bad, keep pushing slowly ahead. Hunt where you don't think they will be. Look everywhere. Systematically eliminate canyons, and you will soon find em'.

I have buck fever so bad! I can't wait until the opener!

Good luck

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Iceman,

Don't feel bad. I'm working right now and all I can think about is hunting! You'd think this was my first season all over again.

Wazzu99

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Iceman,

How did your guys hunt go up in the Entiat?

Wazzu99

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6 days, 3 guys, all hard hunting, big losers. We sufferred thru alot of wind, a bit of snow, some rain, downed trees, the whole gamut! Man was it fun! Saw a bunch of spikes and two pointers, only one shooter on the ridge we hunt. I could not get the shot on the bad boy...As we packed to move camp to fill a doe tag in the mission unit, a group of deer ran right thru camp.....we just watched them go...

In Mission, saw more shooters than in the Entiat, got our doe, but could not get in position for the shooters there either. So, big losers for bucks.

Me and my big mouth. Brick Wall,)

Well, guess I will havbe to go try to find a black tail this weekend. I have not shot one of those in a few years.

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Iceman,

Glad to hear you guys still had an outstanding time. We saw only a handful of deer and no shooters! One very large two point that I tried to put an eyeguard on for 10 minutes. Must have been pushing 22 to 24 wide! But nothing for all 4 of us.

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Ya', I expected a better hunt considering the prehunt scouting I did, but the wind we experienced almost daily really changed things for me. Deer were holding close to cover in deep quiet places. This probably focused the deer into predictable type areas, but you could not get them out easily. When they did bust, too late. Usually over there, we can pick up the deer at first light from distance as they prepare to bed from a long night feeding in the open. Then we put the stalk on them once they bed, if no other guys are pressuring them. This is a fun way to hunt for sure.

Consider trying the west side for blackies. A completely different hunt. Step and glass your way thru the forested edge near a clearing. Maybe fifty to one hundred yards in the darkened edge. Deer will show up in your view almost magically. This can be fun. It has been probably 4 years since I took a blacktail this way, but this is how I learned to hunt, and works great.

Did you also experience constant wind? We had day after day of it.....really screwed things up....

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