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Evil! Evil! Evil! Well to tell you the truth I was only stating my opinion but since your taking it all serious like a little kid............NOW I AM TAKING IT SERIOUS>>>>>>YOU WOULD TRY TO KNOCK THE TASTE OUTA MY MOUTH<<<<<

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fuzzybear wrote:
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Where are you hunting that you don't see Elk or gives you impression that there are very few Elk in Wa.

Most every area I hunt is either antlerless or 3 point or better and there are plenty of them that are in the 3 point or better class.

They're out in the pastures feeding with the cattle. They eat a fair share of food daily. They're alway looking for something to stick in the belly. Always on the move.
I've seen archery and muzzleloader Elk areas that allow spikes but they do limit the take to keep the herds strong.
If I wanted some good eating I'd be looking for an area that wants to thin the cows, to keep the herd strong.

Sorry fuzzy I ment Northeastern Washington's elk. It really is a screwed deal.I've been out and never seen an elk track or sign let alone an elk. AND have been off the rods so far out in the brush that the brush is growing brush. Maybe you could point me in the direction of these cow only areas?????

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He takes everything WAY too serious Ridge you will get used to it,dont let him sucker you in,I made that mistake and now he follows me from thread to thread saying anythinghe can to upset me.Anyways....have you ever tried visiting these areas early in the fall during the rut to see if you can hear them bugling?I have used this tactic many times here in MT often I can locate them from the road right before the bow season starts by stopping at intervals on mountian roads and blowing my bugle then waiting for a response.Sounds to easy but it works!!Does your family hunt the Selway area of Northern Idaho?Just wondering.

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NONYA wrote:
He takes everything WAY too serious Ridge you will get used to it,dont let him sucker you in,I made that mistake and now he follows me from thread to thread saying anythinghe can to upset me.Anyways....have you ever tried visiting these areas early in the fall during the rut to see if you can hear them bugling?I have used this tactic many times here in MT often I can locate them from the road right before the bow season starts by stopping at intervals on mountian roads and blowing my bugle then waiting for a response.Sounds to easy but it works!!Does your family hunt the Selway area of Northern Idaho?Just wondering.

Yea he is just trying to be an ass and it's working... Evil! I am not much for Bow hunting but we hunt during the general rifle hunt in unit 4 of the panhandle. Selway is too crowed for us but I have heard good news from the area. I will have to try the bugeling tecnique. I do belive strongly about the taking of spikes though..AND WILL FIGHT IT TIL THE END THAT IT"S A GOOD DEAL

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My father has a friend whos family has outfitted in that area for 3 generations and they have killed some great bulls in there,my father took a great bull on the one hunt he did in the area.Dont know about your area but here they often will bugle up through the start of rifle season so you may be able to use the technic right before your season starts to get the elk located.Anyone who says that about shooting a spike has absolutly 0 experience with elk hunting,pay him no mind.

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Yea see we did pretty good the first couple of years in the area but now things are dying off fast after the first two years. We took 1 elk in the area (1 spike) our first year in there with only one time prior to being there. Then the next year we went 5 for 6 people. (1 6X6, 1 5X5, 1 spike, and 2 cows ) Then this year we only seen 3 elk the whole time. So IDK I am going back 4 sure. I am planing on a bugle this year. NO doubt about it that elk meat is good no matter ehat it comes off of. Bull, Spike,Cow,Calf..........it's all good

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''Well to tell you the truth I was only stating my opinion but since your taking it all serious like a little kid............NOW I AM TAKING IT SERIOUS>>>>>>YOU WOULD TRY TO KNOCK THE TASTE OUTA MY MOUTH<<<<<

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Oh, and not wantint to shoot spike bulls was my opinion.

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Apology accepted......But I still got a question if every thing went to Spike only where you live and hunt (like a state wide deal) would you just give up elk hunting in general????

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Unfortunately we have no elk in my state, but they do have them in Arkansas where I also hunt, but not for a nonresident. Cow or bull are options. They don't grow as big as the Rocky Mountain elk, they average 400-600 lbs. I don't think I'd give up elk hunting, but I might very well seek elk hunts in other states. I don't have anything against people who would shoot spike bulls, it's nothing personal, I'd definitely shoot a cow elk in a New York minute, I just like to shoot big stuff, although here I hunt does with every bit as much enthusiasm as I do bucks.

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