Hey, I enjoy archery hunting for elk, but I haven't been able to find a good place to hunt western Washington without getting drawn for a tag.
Last season, I spent a weekend down in the Raymond area. We never saw an elk, but I was told that was just unlucky. The guys we were hunting with ended up shooting 2 in the late season. But I didn't enjoy the hunt for reasons other than not seeing an elk. In three days of hunting, we put about 160 miles on our truck driving logging roads, then getting out and glassing for a while. I hate just driving and looking, I want to get out and hike around in the woods. I love calling elk in, seeing them through the woods, trying to ambush.
So I was wondering, if anyone has any advice of places in western Washington where you don't need to be drawn for a tag that I can hunt elk without having to drive 100's of miles of logging roads. I've heard some good things about hunting up near Rainier, but I don't even know where to start up there, I don't know the area at all. I am also curious about the peninsula, particularly areas that directly border the National Park. I know it's by application only for unit 621, but do any of the other units get up into the higher country where you can actually see and walk through the woods and have enough elk that it's worth hunting?
Again, any advice is appreciated. Thanks.