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dla
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Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hunting after the forest fires

The areas I scouted in Idaho have burned. I'm wondering if the elk will just move a mile or two away from the fire or whether they migrate to Iowa

I'm assuming that land will be reopened, since the fires are pretty-much finished, but I'm not sure if it will be worth hunting.

Given the fire activity this year I'm sure a lot of guys are in the same situation - what we scouted is gone. Now we have to make other plans.

Archery season isn't far away.

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Location: Idaho
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Hunting after the forest fires

I think for an elk covering some five miles to get away from a fire would be nothin'.

tim
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Location: north idaho
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Hunting after the forest fires

my guess, is that this year it won't be any good. but the next 5 years will be excellent.

dla
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Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hunting after the forest fires

Maybe I'm just an optimist, but I'm thinking the animals will stay within a couple miles of their old-stomping grounds. So I'm planning on hunting reasonably close to the burned areas. I suppose I could cheat and ask one of the water-dumper helicopter pilots where the elk are

The biggest problem is the closed access around the fires - often 5X bigger area than the fire itself. That's a lot of land. Hopefully they'll start opening some of it up in the next few weeks on the burned out fires.

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