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Hi all,
Been lurking etc. for past year or so... finally getting serious about a bigger than whitetail hunt... I plan to do a DIY hunt for Roosevelts either this year (08) or next. I have family with rural property and some tips/friends with tips in the Olympia area and a good family friend east of Kent a ways that is a heavy duty hunter.

My dream is to successfully hunt Roosevelts. I can and do use Rifle, ML or Bow but prefer bow. I believe this also will make my hunt in Wa a little bit easier or?

Doing some digging I found that the areas in both the Olympia area (and N of there on the penninsula) look good as well as slightly east around the area E/SE of Rainier... (I might be wrong here...)

I would prefer Western Wa highly due to costs etc... Olympia looks real good in tis regard. My questions are; would the N of Olympia area on the penninsula be better? and what is the normal method of recovery?*

* I will take all meat of an animal I kill, and while a rack would be awesome, so would a heap of meat... You'all rent wheelers, horses or just pack it all out? I know up here in NH, when one nails a Moose (500-1000 lbs), you use wheelers if legal for the area or in worse case, go find a farmer with a draft horse...

Any info to Roosevelts would be appreciated-taking a Roosevelt has been a dream for sometime and I prefer to hunt with bow over other weapons although I have no problems using my rifle to fill the freezer.

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we have always packed it out. I usually hunt around mt rainier there seems to be plenty of animals and its close to home

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csumerall wrote:
we have always packed it out. I usually hunt around mt rainier there seems to be plenty of animals and its close to home

East-Southeast side? was looking at that on the map...

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I usually hunt the nw side of the mt. myself but the yakima herd runs up to the mt from the east and then you have the st helens herd from the south and west so as long as you stay out of the park I think most of its good to hunt.

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I hunted around Mt St Helens in the Glifford Pinchot forrest. It was my first time Elk hunting as I'm from Ohio and have hunted white tails my entire life. I was fortunate enough to take a 3x3 bull the first day, which I guess makes me very lucky for that area. A buddy of mine hunted at the bottom of the Mountain near Randel and had heards come in his path, so that may be an area you might look into.

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Tthanks folks,
I will surely have more questions for some of you soon! Will put in for my tags soon as it is the only way I will make it happen this year-just get the darn license!

Looks like in any case, DIY (at this point alone) for a bow Roosevelt hunt West is my best bet.

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I can't find Randel on the map but I am starting to look closer at W/NW of St Helens... I need to get more info on herd movements though... I want to bow hunt it. I am trying to wade through the info on the Wa. F&G site but is there specific no-hunt or special permit only areas the the St Helens herd on the W/NW side??

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You may not be finding it due to the spelling which is actually spelled randle and if you cant find it look slightly west of packwood

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got it... looking closer to west of Rainer... along that route-have lodging setup nearby already w/old family friend. Checking with F&G in Wa on herds in that area to make sure then will do license... again-this will be a "frugal" and DIY hunt ALONE with the bow... I plan on renting a pickup and bringing come-alongs cool Assuming I can get on a legal bull, it should be exciting! If I cannot gather enough detail in next 45 days to feel comfortable with the "getting on a bull" part in an open tract of land huntable with a normal license, I will wait until next year and do more research but so far, looking good-I might be pm'ing 1 or two of you folks for more info...

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getting closer now and about to get a license soon. Would very much like to hear from folks located or that hunt often on the West Side of Mt St. Helens... Either here or via PM.
I now have a place to stay not far (on the Columbia) and hope to be out scouting in the next 45 days while on a business trip.

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where on the columbia would you be stayin

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