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Hoping to finally getout see the damage

Hoping to finally get out and see all the damage from the fire to my Deer hunting unit.  Most state roads are open in the unit.  It will be awhile before forest roads will be.  A friend that lives in the mountains said he has seen some deer all ready but not sure if they are what i am looking for.  Hoping for rain but not to much at once, they have put a flash flood waring up for my town site.  Hope to up date this weekend on what i find.

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Any good news yet? Hope thigs

Any good news yet? Hope thigs turn out well and your hunting area wasn't impacted too badly.

That's the bad thing about rain after a fire as sometimes a lot of mudslides can result as well with nothing left to slow things down. It would really suck to go from one extreme to another.

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I've seen deer and elk move

I've seen deer and elk move back into a fire scared area as soon as the flames quite blazing.  That and within a couple of weeks the brush will start to poke its head out of the ashes and start to grow and the deer love it. 

In the summer of 2002 a large fire went through the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah.  While we were scouting for elk that year we found large bucks just laying down in the ash and most of the elk were on the fringe of it and around pockets that didn't burn.  Also it is a good time to check out the bear population since they will be feeding on the animals that didn't make it through the fire. 

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well its bad in spots, but

well its bad in spots, but this is the 2nd time this has burned in 11 years.  the 1st one did more to the are then this one.  alot that burned was undergrowth and it need it.  The bad spots is the new burn and a few spots where we will see flash floods.  they have already put us under warnings and are expecting rain today.  time will tell.  I did see some deer already and the elk are back in the same areas.  heck the catle are already back in the burned area.

Let you know after frist good rain how it holds up..

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Hopefully it does not hurt

Hopefully it does not hurt you too bad and you can still have a sucessful hunt.  Good luck and let us know how you do.

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i have been out to some of

i have been out to some of the area that burned and it has it spots.  alot of what burned, burned 11 years ago in a nother fire that burned most of the town down.  Likely it missed the town but burned some homes up where it started about  13 miles from where i live.  at last noted it was about 150000 acres and 65% under control. 

Of about 10 spots i like to go hunting this fall, 8 of them burned and and i beleave 3 of them burned so bad that i won't get go hunt them this time around.  I really sucks to see the fires happen but alot that burned was a fire waiting to happen.  no tree cuting in years and to much under growth. 

I will keep you all posted.

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