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Location: Tacoma, WA
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Just recently moved here (Tacoma) from Kentucky and trying to find a good hunting spot for deer, turkey, elk, and rabbit. Any good hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. [/b]

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Welcome aboard Big smile Hope someone up there can help you out Thumbs up

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Location: Tacoma, WA
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Thanks... Thumbs up

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Re: Western Washington
pjodaniel wrote:
Just recently moved here (Tacoma) from Kentucky and trying to find a good hunting spot for deer, turkey, elk, and rabbit. Any good hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. [/b]

pjodaniel, welcome to the evergreen state. Looks abit different than Kentucky? Anyway, here are a few ideas for a newbie to our state. Someone else back me on these so I dont look like I am giving suckers advice....

Also, if you havent figured this out yet, this state is really "two" states in one... Our state is cut in half by the Cascade Range. In very generalized terms; on the West side are Dense Forests, with annual rain equalling a bunch. On the East side are Thin wooded regions, open terrain, different species of animals, and less rain, much less rain in many spots... Blacktail deer on the West, Muleys and Whitetail on the East. Roosevelt Elk on the West, Rocky Mountain Elk on the East. Turkeys on the West are Eastern's (type), but are sparse and few, on the East side we have Rio's and Merriams, many different locations. Rabbits, who knows, I can't find a good consistent source...

Numbers listed are GMU's, see your game regs...

Deer: West try 520, 506, and 648. East try 251, 243.

Turkey: West good luck. East try 388, 121, 117.

Elk: West try, 520,516,560. East try, 352, 346.

Rabbit: Let me know if you find a great spot, please...

Good luck. Beware of Elk regs....you cannot hunt east side with a west side tag...etc...

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Location: Wa.
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Iceman pretty much called it.
On the west side you may want to try some of the lumber baron properties.
For any private property you need written permission. Get out and do some scouting. There aren't any absolutes.

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Re: Western Washington
Iceman wrote:
pjodaniel wrote:
Just recently moved here (Tacoma) from Kentucky and trying to find a good hunting spot for deer, turkey, elk, and rabbit. Any good hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. [/b]

pjodaniel, welcome to the evergreen state. Looks abit different than Kentucky? Anyway, here are a few ideas for a newbie to our state. Someone else back me on these so I dont look like I am giving suckers advice....

Also, if you havent figured this out yet, this state is really "two" states in one... Our state is cut in half by the Cascade Range. In very generalized terms; on the West side are Dense Forests, with annual rain equalling a bunch. On the East side are Thin wooded regions, open terrain, different species of animals, and less rain, much less rain in many spots... Blacktail deer on the West, Muleys and Whitetail on the East. Roosevelt Elk on the West, Rocky Mountain Elk on the East. Turkeys on the West are Eastern's (type), but are sparse and few, on the East side we have Rio's and Merriams, many different locations. Rabbits, who knows, I can't find a good consistent source...

Numbers listed are GMU's, see your game regs...

Deer: West try 520, 506, and 648. East try 251, 243.

Turkey: West good luck. East try 388, 121, 117.

Elk: West try, 520,516,560. East try, 352, 346.

Rabbit: Let me know if you find a great spot, please...

Good luck. Beware of Elk regs....you cannot hunt east side with a west side tag...etc...

Add 368-364-360-356-340-342
Some of these areas have great wilderness area if you don't mine hiking and packing in . No roads or motorized vehicals .
East side has Green Dot road system STAY on Roads with Vehicals NO off Roading .

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Western Washington

There is some good advice in the above posts.

I would suggest picking an animal (deer/elk) and a side (east/west) and getting some good maps. Washington Atlas and Gazateer is a start. Once you pick an area you might ask more questions and we may be able to give you more detailed answers.

Good Luck!

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Location: Tacoma, WA
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I would like to thank everyone for their posts on this page....I plan on trying these locations out soon and if I find a good rabbit spot trust me, I will post it here! Please keep the posts comin as I check this on a regular basis..... Wink

Paul

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