Welcome to the BGH Vanguard! Looks like you already found Numbnutz. He is one of the most knowledgeable guys we've got on the northwest region. Good luck on your hunt and we wanna hear the story of your success when you're done.
Vanguard, hows your scouting going? Give you an update, archery season was very slow. not sure why. We did get into a couple bulls but over all it was very very slow. hopefully you are having some better luck. like i said before if your hunting late things should be better for you as the elk wil be in bigger herds and at lower elevations. let me know how your doing and if i can help out anymore.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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