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mossy33oak wrote:

HeavyC wrote:

So are you staying in town, or camping someplace else? If you are staying in town, like Craig or Hayden, getting to that point on FS Rd 116 to take that trail (which is Bear's Ear Trail 1144 by the way) will be near a 1.5 -2 hour drive for you!

Hey fellas. Its my first post here, been reading alot. I will be hunting with bearklr. We will be staying in Baggs Wyoming. I have never been Elk hunting or "out west" at all. I am so looking fwd to this, and probably will take more pictures then anything.

 

Welcome to the forum.  As HeavyC stated that is gonna be a heck of a drive every morning to the Hole.  I will be staying on the mountain same season.  Good luck to you.  Alot of great scenary to take pictures of.

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My only note of advice is get

My only note of advice is get a tent or even a camper and camp up there. driving from Baggs to even some of the lower areas of the unit would be a long ways much less up to bears ears. There is plenty of good terrain in the area and there is plenty of elk moving around. It is a very pressure driven unit. it changes every year. there may be hundreds of elk in one area one year and none the next. it is good to be prepared for different options. Like hawkeye said use the pressure to your favor, dont leave the field at lunch time and find escape routes. Hawkeye and I (brothers) have hunted there since we first started hunting and have seen many pressured elk taken due to careful planning and positioning. It isnt luck, it is preparation meeting opportunity. Good luck.

Ps- There is plenty of horseback hunters in the area that will ride in a good ways so escaping the other hunters is alot easier said than done regardless of where you go.

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camping

Well...we just had a meeting to discuss our options and we ended up deciding on camping on the mountain weather permitting.  We still have an apartment rented in Baggs we'll use as home base but we'll be taking out a tent and camping gear to stay on the mountain for at least part of the week.  I'm thinking we'll come in on the south side of hole in the wall drainage so we can hike up in each day.  Then maybe later in the week we'll hit serviceberry mountain for some mule deer.  Funny thing is I've been thinking about where to go for elk I completely forgot about my mulie tag.  Oh well, just being out there will be a blast.  Are there any permits I need to get for camping or anything I should be aware of as far as other hunters?  I'm the outsider coming into this and I surely don't want to step on any toes.

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nope, no permits

Just find a nice wide spot off the road and plunk your stuff down.  You will be happy to not be adding 4-5 hours to your drive everyday and the tempation to just stay in the truck and road hunt.

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Thanks!

Thanks exbio but no worries about road hunting with us.  I hunt just about everything that walks and flies and always try and do it all out.  When I hunt, I do it more for the experience and challenge.  The kill is just an added bonus.  Road hunting is the furthest thing from my cup of tea as you can get.

A quick question though on the mulies since it's fresh in my head.  Would the BLM land along route 13 be a good place to look?  I'm thinking the low country as opposed to 7 - 10 thousand feet.

 

 

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Serviceberry Pics

bearklr wrote:

 Then maybe later in the week we'll hit serviceberry mountain for some mule deer.  Funny thing is I've been thinking about where to go for elk I completely forgot about my mulie tag. 

SERVICEBERRY! Now you are really in my neck of the woods

I have seen some monster mulies using that area in the past. 

Here is some Serviceberry action.Wink

2006 Willow Creek Buck (2nd rifle season!)

Over looking Serviceberry Mountain w. Bakers Peak & Jim Robertson Mtn in the background (Taken from the north end of CR101)

2009 Cow Elk

 

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Nice animals HeavyC.....

Nice animals HeavyC.....

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10 Min

Oh...and Service berry is only 10 minutes from Baggs, so on those days stay in Baggs and get a warm shower!Wink

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What's the best way to access serviceberry?  The maps show some as BLM, some as SWA and some and Gov't use.  I haven't hunted it in 7 years so I'm a little foggy.  All I can remember is we headed south out of Baggs and took the first left.  I just want to be sure I'm not on land I shouldn't be.  If push comes to shove I'll ask around in Baggs and we'll be driving out Friday before the opener to check it out anyway.  Just trying to find the parking area we used in the past.

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Nevermind fellas, I answered

Nevermind fellas, I answered my own question.  I looked at who knows how many maps and finally got ahold of someone at the BLM.  I know exactly what I can and can't hunt and where to park.  Thanks for your help!

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