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Location: albany
Joined: 04/17/2009
Posts: 14
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

Shame on You! Who am I to decide what is sport for another hunter. I'm not much on road hunting either but if one is doing it legally then who are we to say he's not much of a sportsman. Some of you sound like " I'm not going to be his friend he's not cool like me and hunt the way that we do", we aren't in high school anymore forming "clicks". Like I said I'm not much on it either but now that there is less then a week left of general deer, I'm thinking I just might try it. I've spent at least 200 hours in the woods in the past 30 days and have seen almost nothing but a "crap load" of signs. I've done every thing right, that I know off, from scouting to washing my clothes in non UV brightener detergent. I use dirt smelling scent maskers, I'm 230lbs and walk though the woods like a 100lb man trying to make as little noise as possible. I've spent hours sitting, and hours slow stalking. I've used estrus formulas guaranteed to bring in bucks or you money back. I've used various calls and brought in nothing. I've never shied away from a steep hill and crawled through thickets on my hands and knees. I go in when its dark and don't leave till its dark and I've got no elk meat or deer meat to show for it. I'm not a trophy hunter by any means and hunt to fill the freezer. Maybe I'm just a really bad hunter, hey I'm starting to think it to, but i think its more that this land west of the cascades is one of the hardest to hunt in the country. So yea 4 days left in the season and if I get the chance I think I'm going to try road hunting.

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Location: The Dalles, Oregon
Joined: 11/15/2009
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

My dad, didn't want to have to shoot his deer of the side of the road. BUT he'd hunted for 13 years and never shot a deer. We ran across this one on our way up to camp on St. Helens. He wasn't just going to let it go. Like I say we weren't purposely road hunting, it just jump out in front of us. I would agree it's not quite as rewarding. I prefer to work and get dirty finding one.

By the way I'm fresh to the forum. My name is Matt. I'm 21 and I've been hunting for 11 years. I use a Browning .243 lever action with a Leupold scope. Two years ago I shot my first elk which was actually my first time Elk hunting. Took two shots with the .243 from about 75 yards. It weighed about 450-500lbs

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Joined: 11/19/2009
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

who really cares if people are just driving around trying to get lucky. the more hunters that are on the road means the less hunters in the woods.I don't think people should promote it but thats not even hunting to me. I am more successful when i hunt areas with tons of pressure on the roads. this last week i hunted i was in an area where muzzleloader deer,rifle elk,and my late season deer bow hunts were all going on,not to mention the logging operations and gravel trucks crusing up and down the roads.people i talked to had not seen a single deer. I was the only one i had seen actually in the woods. saturday I rattled in one basket rack buck,and i had seen 2 other bucks smaller forks and numerous does. this was in a section no bigger than mabe a 1/2 mile surrounded by roads with tons of traffic. so heres my logic if you are in a unit where there is heavy deer trails rubs and lots of road hunters get out of your truck suck up that gut and get in the timber. deer are not ghosts,those trails are there for a reason,the funny part is i always get to choose a large buck to shoot every year with my bow while tons of people don't even get a shot at the bucks i pass up daily,just becouse your buddy shot a trophy buck while drinkin a six pack drivin down the road don't mean you will do the same.mabe tomorrow i will just take photos of all the deer i see to prove a point on this.good luck guys

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Location: Curlew Washington
Joined: 10/17/2009
Posts: 29
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

Well, I 've had drunk SHERIFFS drive in on a CLOSED road when elk hunting a few years ago, so most of us normal people don't do that !!!!!!! Besides, bow hunters can't shoot out of a vehicle very well, can they ? I stand up for my right to drive around and hunt. I've shot bear, coyotes, elk, deer, bobcats, grouse, badgers, whistle pigs, rabbits driving around. What have you shot ?

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Location: Right Side WA state
Joined: 11/07/2008
Posts: 208
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While filling your tag is the end game, to me, how I did it is equally important.
I would feel no, (zip, none, zero) pride if I took a record class animal stepping out of a PU walking a few yds, loading and shooting it. Whether it's in a national forest or on a rural raod makes no difference.

If the kill is everything to you, you have my sympathy. If that needs further explanation, you'll likely never "get it" anyway.

If you have smoked too much and / or are too out of shape to do nothing more than ride around in your PU or ATV, you should stay home until you are able hunt on foot.
If you suffer a medical condition, other than obesity, they have special lic's and tags for you in WA. That I understand and am ok with.

I too go from place to place in a motor vehicle to scout and to get to and from the area I intend to hunt. But jumping out of a vehicle, loading while walking a couple of yds to shoot something is totally beyond what I will do.

I don't believe it should be legal to shoot a big game animal within 50 yds of the motorized vehicle you arrived in / on. and 25 yds for small game and fowl.

Thats my opinion and I'm stickin too it.

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Joined: 11/03/2008
Posts: 35
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I've shot bear, coyotes, elk, deer, bobcats, grouse, badgers, whistle pigs, rabbits driving around. What have you shot ?

I wouldn't post a statement admitting to poaching protected wildlife on the web....If you don't know what I am reffering to...read the pamphlet!

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Location: Curlew Washington
Joined: 10/17/2009
Posts: 29
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Nothing is protected what I've shot in Wa. State. Bagder was out of state. Nothing was or ever will be poached by me.............never !!!!!!!!

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Joined: 11/03/2008
Posts: 35
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Good for you, sorry about the mis-understanding.

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Location: SK Canada
Joined: 03/31/2009
Posts: 211
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I see no problem with road hunting as long as it is legal in your state or province. In my province it is legal, but you cannot have a loaded gun in a vehicle, and if you are on a quad it must be unloaded and encased.

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Location: Curlew Washington
Joined: 10/17/2009
Posts: 29
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Stiknstringbow,

No problem. Everybody hunts the way they hunt. I've just had the best luck that way. I used to hunt elk near Cle Elum until it got so over run by Seattleites. Walkin', sweatin' and all the good stuff. But one day an elk calf walked through Joe Watt Canyon and all hell broke loose. Guys were shooting at this little guy and didn't have a care about others safety, just gotta get that elk !!! Well that kinda changed my mind abit. I do get out and walk but I'm 56 and kill coyotes. So I normaly sit on my well flattened butt and just call them ol' coyotes.
This coyote was 63 yards and shot with my 22-250 right between the blinkers, I love it !!! ( Hope it's not to gross )

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