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Location: Lynnwood, WA
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Just moved here from Phoenix Arizona in July. I hunted Elk in the Flagstaff area and do miss it. Probably because I know how it works there. Like I have read in other posts, its much different here in this state. I've been doing on-line research and reading the hunt reports form past years to get some sort of idea where the good opportunies might be. It's still frustrating. East side, West side... there's a lot more area here than in Arizona. I know I have until next season to fine tune everything but any help in narrowing it down would be very much appriciated.

I'm adding a couple of pictures of the 5 X 5 I got opening day on my first ELk hunt. He has 3 broken tines but not to bad for a first.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Welcome to BGH. I'm not a bit familuar with hunting in Wash but have spent a bit of time there. From what I understand, if you go east on I90, out between Cle Elum and Ellensburg you'll find high fences along the interstate. I have been told the area to the south og the interstare there is a prime area for elk.

On the west side, there is a road going along the Columbia River around Longview toward the coast. I have been out there a few times and there is a cafe out there full of photo's of elk, all from that area.

I'm sure that someone from there will be able to give you better info. Hope ya like rain. In S eattle, sunbathe on Aug 18th. It's the only day the sun shines! Laugh

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Location: Arlington wa.
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Don Fischer wrote:
Welcome to BGH. I'm not a bit familuar with hunting in Wash but have spent a bit of time there. From what I understand, if you go east on I90, out between Cle Elum and Ellensburg you'll find high fences along the interstate. I have been told the area to the south og the interstare there is a prime area for elk.

On the west side, there is a road going along the Columbia River around Longview toward the coast. I have been out there a few times and there is a cafe out there full of photo's of elk, all from that area.

I'm sure that someone from there will be able to give you better info. Hope ya like rain. In S eattle, sunbathe on Aug 18th. It's the only day the sun shines! Laugh

Summer usally starts on July 11,lasts through august, Can get pretty warm during that time. We just don't tell anybody so they don't move here LOL

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Location: Arlington wa.
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If you like rain hunt the west side, most is 3pt. or better,east side most is spike only with branch antlered draws, except n.e. corner any bull. It don't matter where you hunt you won't lack for company,Alot of hunters for a short season! I hunt the Yakima herd. St. helens area has largest herd in the state now. West side has Roseies,east side has Rockies. Hope that helps some Big smile

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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I have heard rumors of the wdfw releasing ALOT of elk tags for next year for the st helens herd, dont know if that helps your decision or not, Im not sure what side you live on but myself I live on the west side and just asume staying over here during the season for ease of getting to my preferred spots.[/list]

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Location: Lynnwood, WA
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I sure do appriciate all the info. I'll get out my maps and check it out. There's one other thing I'm a little unsure about, the license and tags. Do I need to get a big game license and put in for a tag/permit, or will just a license do. I need a little clarification on this.

Thanks again to all who gave input.

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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are you talking about the lottery tags or your normal deer,elk,bear, cougar tags? If your refering to the normal tags you have to purchase the big game license along with all the tags. The wdfw has it set up in a few packages that would save you money if you bought all your tags seperate. As far as the lottery tags go I dont believe you have to have your license in hand to put in for certian hunts, you woulld have to have it to use that special tag though

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I have heard rumors of the wdfw releasing ALOT of elk tags for next year for the st helens herd, dont know if that helps your decision or not, Im not sure what side you live on but myself I live on the west side and just asume staying over here during the season for ease of getting to my preferred spots

They already did that this year. I am sure they will do more next year as they are trying to reduce the herds by 2,000 - 2,500 in the next few years.

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Location: Lynnwood, WA
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That makes the license/tag issue a little clearer. I guess what I'm wondering is can a person hunt with just a license and tag bought over the counter in the designated hunt areas without a special permit or are both required.

I'm sure all this isn't as difficult as it seems.

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certian areas are designated special hunt only or permit only but there are alot of areas where you can just go buy the tag and big game license to hunt there. Hopefully that helps

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Location: Lynnwood, WA
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Thanks for the added info. What are the advantages of applying for a special permit hunt vs just getting an over the counter license and tag. Are the special permits for better hunting areas (i.e. bigger or more bulls)

Ah, the learning curve of hunting a new state

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