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Tuesday morning was an early one this week...Dad called me to let me know about a herd of elk just south of town while he was driving though....dad is a log truck driver.....so I raced down there with the camera....but none of the pics turned out....there was 30 head of elk less then 100 yds out of city limits of chewelah....28 cows and calves and 2 spikes.....The weather hit hard this week my geuss would be why they are down in the valley....it was right at 6 below tuesday morning and snowed 7-8" in the valley and almost 20 up high....We dont see many elk around this area....it was kinda neat....the late archery season for elk is still open though...havent heard how the elk faired being right along hwy 395....there were hunters every where...the elk were running from one end of the feild to the other....Kinda worries me building up a bunch of sweat like that then laying down for the night when temps drop well into the negitives...

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Well I was out today snooping around and on my way home I swung by where I had seen the elk earlier this week and to my suprise the havent gone anywhere they are still there. and numbers have grown a bit this week from 30 to 56 head of elk....and only the two apike still....cant miss them they look like a herd of cows lol...welp that was my excitment for the day...

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Elk are so cool. We saw a herd up on the Olympic Peninsula over the Thanksgiving holiday.

I am hoping for a call over the next several months on a depredation hunt. My freezer has the space. Yes By then I should be well through the deer meat.

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I was by there again today just to see cause it's on the way to work and looks like the elk have moved back up into the hills. I think it was cause it was the weather. It's finally started warming up....I know what you mean about the freezer space....mine has come up short too.... Cry

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Freezer space ... hmmmmm.

Hunting is a strange thing. About the time I get good enough to think taking game is `routine' - things change and I can't seem even to `buy' a _____________. (Fill in the blank with elk, duck, deer, whatever ...)

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Yea I know the feeling...I work ina butcher shop and get to see everybodys Deer,Elk,Bear,Moose and a few antalope....lately I've been working on my Senior project for school and have been spending some quality time at a local taxidermist...and now I get to see every ones huge racks....very disappointing.... Brick Wall,)

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Oh, bummer of an environment.

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Serious Hunter wrote:
Oh, bummer of an environment.

yea but I dont feel too bad I got this guy this year

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Hey, nice!

Speaking of taxidermists ... I got a mature drake widgeon - something longed for all my life. (We got hens and immature drakes from time to time, but not ever a `baldpate' per se.) He made it through the getting killed process with almost zero damage.

He's at the taxidermist as we speak. Kind of a Christmas present to me.

I'll have to post a pic of the creature dead, or the mount when I get it back - maybe on the `waterfowl' topic.

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oh good deal I got a real nice Green head sunday....he is in the freezer...lol

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If I can afford it - I'd like to have a greenhead and perhaps hen mounted up (together). The greenhead (Mallard) is a fabulous bird. The hens give me a kick. I like to try and sneak up on them. It seems like the hens always make me first.

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