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Going to Washington!

My dear wife just gave me a ten day hunting license in Washington State.  Is it too late to get into the draws for an antlerless tag? or even elk? 

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too late, sorta

Too late for the limited draws, deer and elk are OTC in most of the state

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Yes, Groovy Mike, it's too late to apply for anything in Washington.  You're a day late and a dollar short.  The deadline was May 18th. 

So, where do you plan on hunting in Washington and what are you hunting for?  You must have a wonderful wife that would surprise you with that trip.  For what it's worth, I'm making a trip to Eastern Washington (pronounced "Worshingtun" on that side of the state) later this month to check out hunting areas.  Maybe I can send you some pictures.  That may not be of much help though.  What I think you really need is a good (or even average) guide to show you around.

Are you taking your own rifle or borrowing one from your guide?  I hate the hassles of airlines and rifles so I would opt for the borrow thing.  If you choose the right guide, he may have an extra rifle lying around that he would let you use.  I've hunted Washington several times so if there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask.

Lookin forward to October........

 

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While my wife has purchased

While my wife has purchased or at least put firearms on layaway for me I don't think it would ever cross her mind to actually get me a license for somewhere. Of course that may be partly because she firmly believes that I have already purchased every hunting license printed in the western states.:D 

Congrtaulatons on your gift though and I hope you can put it to good use. I bet you could find a guide on this forum if you asked around a little too.lol

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He's already got a guide..... me.  This is the second time he's been out here hunting with me.  I just had to give him a bad time.  His wife contacted me and I helped her get the license.  We'll have a great time, deer or no deer.  He'll see a couple of hundred deer; maybe not get one, but they'll be there.

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As much time as I've spent on

As much time as I've spent on here I knew the joke and was just helping it along. I saw the pics of the buck Mike got last time and I'll bet he does just as good or better this time out. 

You guys will have a great time I'm sure no matter the outcome. God luck and good times.

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we met

Ya know Hunter25, Groovy Mike and I actually met via a hunting website years ago.  I wrote a story and he commented on it.  We kept in touch over the years and he finally came out.  We had a great time and I expect we'll do the same this year.  Mike is a fine young man.  He would make any father proud.  And he's got a wonderful wife.  Isn't it great to meet new friends on a site like this?  We don't have the best hunting in the world out here, but we see lots of deer and have a great time camping and hunting.  Maybe you will come West someday??

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I would love to head that

I would love to head that direction sometime and get to hunt some new country. I was amazed at how many deer Mike said you guys saw on just the first day. that could add up to three seasons of deer sighted in the public land area I usually hunt.

I'm planned out to nearly the end of 2012 now but will be watching the reviews and posts you guys put up this year leading up to and after your hunt.

Good luck again. Thumbs up

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Hunter25 – let me clarify a little.

Hunter25 – let me clarify a little.  When I hunt my hilly wooded north east woods, I am lucky to see a deer a day.  A day with 4 or 5 deer sightings is a good one.  When I went to hunt in eastern Washington I was completely unprepared for the visibility in the open sage country.  I was hoping to at least see a mule deer in a week of hunting.  We could literally see hundreds of acres at a time and saw deer from pre-dawn until dark.  Most of them were does, a few were small bucks.  Many were undoubtably the same deer seen more than once.  But I saw had 92 deer sightings the first day, and not a single one was verifiably legal game with three points on one side!  I’ll definitely keep everyone here posted on the hunt – you will probably all get sick of hearing about it!  Good luck with your hunts, let us know about them too! Mike

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Thanks for your help ArrowFlipper!

All righty then. Thanks for your help ArrowFlipper! I’m a hundred percent sure that we will have a good time and WILL (God willing) see mule deer. I wasn’t sure my first trip, but I’m pretty confident now! (FYI – guys I saw 92 deer my first day hunting with Arrow Flipper!) Will my 10 day license overlap mule deer and white tail hunting this year? Are there any other tags that I should be looking to add over the regular license? I think I'll bring my rifle.  I appreciate the loan offer, but I'll feel more confident with mind.  Now I gotta buy airline tickets!

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Congrats on the hunt Mike. I

Congrats on the hunt Mike. I hunt in eastern Oregon but its not open sage where i go, its in the Blue mountains. but like you I'll se about 90-100 deer a day, most of them are does and small bucks but every so often you see a nice shooter. Keep us posted.

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