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Old 04-17-2005, 03:48 PM
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Is that the camp ground down near Calder? Your right you can find areas like that by the hundred. The only problem I have found is that there in not 100 feet of flat ground anywhere around there. Typical cross canyon wind shooting most of the time. Most roads are on the ridge tops in the national forest areas and make almost any hit a steep packout. I can live with that but it limits the areas and hides to hunt with you little ones.
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Old 04-17-2005, 06:46 PM
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Yep, it is a couple of miles past Calder.

As for the pack out, I totally agree that it more than likely would be a royal PITA. There are a few spots that packing it out would be ok, but only just a few. Up along tha power lines would be ok, especially if you had a 4 wheeler for retreival. Other than those few spots, it is pretty steep and really brushy. If they have been logging up there recently, there may be some additional opportunities there as well.
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Gonehuntinagain,

You must have been up the Mud Cabin Road toward Cemetary Ridge on the east side of Big Creek? Small world the photo you see is about 2 miles off the Joe (north) and just east of Big Creek. I do most of my elk hunting in the area futher up 16 or 17 miles into the national forest. I had intended to go there but the snow to deep in the draws to get on top. Great shooting oppertunities but as soon as the hammer falls the serious and I mean serious work begins. Not a great place for kid hunting but a great place to see spring elk heards etc. It is a successful kid hunt as long as you are looking at animals. The big draw back to the higher country is that even with an atv there are areas where there would be good shooting/hunting 600-900 yards but follow up and recovery would take days and border on insane. Rugged, rugged country in the Joe.
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Old 04-17-2005, 10:24 PM
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Close. We were on the south side of the river on Huckleberry Mtn. between the top and Mica Creek.
That whole area is some pretty rugged country, and on top of that it is terribly brushy. One of my hunting partners was 5 yards from a bull moose and he couldn't see it (we saw the moose shortly thereafter). Shooting over a clearing is darn near the only way to do it.
Packing out anything could be insane, especially if you didn't pay attention to what lies between you and it!
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Isn't that what makes the Joe so good? Its a place (most) hunters don't want to be, but animals do. If it weren't for those brush soaked ridges I wouldn't get any exercise throuout the year. Opening spring bear at the clearwater area was also too high with snow everywhere.
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