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Unread 10-30-2012, 12:13 PM
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Yeah the short seasons are nuts! I'm also going to miss being able to bow hunt and rifle hunt for elk each year.

Didn't matter much this year though. With the move, job and grad school I didn't even think about trying to hunt. Hoping for next year. I'm building a .270 Gibbs that's in the final stages of construction and I'm hoping it and the 165 matrix (maybe 175, I'm limited by the 1-10 twist though) will be good elk and mulie medicine
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 12:37 PM
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    Yeah the short seasons are nuts! I'm also going to miss being able to bow hunt and rifle hunt for elk each year.

    Didn't matter much this year though. With the move, job and grad school I didn't even think about trying to hunt. Hoping for next year. I'm building a .270 Gibbs that's in the final stages of construction and I'm hoping it and the 165 matrix (maybe 175, I'm limited by the 1-10 twist though) will be good elk and mulie medicine
    If you have visited this side of the state you get a good range of terrain from sage flat land to high mountians, open to so brushy you need a cat to get through it. My long range rifle is a 264 WM with a 30" Shilen barrel with 1 in 8 twist and 6 grove with a Nikon 6 to 18 with BDC and my brush buster out to 400yrds is a DPMS LR10 in 338 Federal with LaRue one piece quick release mounts and a Bushnell 6500 Elite 4.5 to 30 with mil dot.
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 02:02 PM
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    If you see statistics that getting a deer is 20% and an elk 5% in WA, don't think that is for guys who just walk into public lands.

    Those numbers include:
    Doe tags from drawings
    Bull tags from drawings
    Cow tags from drawings
    Private land
    Tags given to land owners for property damage
    Packing into the back country with horses.
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 02:36 PM
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    264WM you asked if I hunted mulies or white tail. I have. The last mulie I took up north of Wilbur on a doe tag. Used a .30 Herret 10" Contender with a 4X scope. I have always admired the Gibbs line of cartridges and have had a .270 Winchester since 1969.
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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    Hard to find public land north of Wilbur.
    Also this game dept thought it was a wonderful way to raise more funds by doubling the Moose, Goat and Sheep tag fees so I did a little checking and that will bring a wopping $38000 additional funds but if they loose 10000 applicants it will cost them $70000 but they may even loose more than that. Next years big game regs will have the information so I will be able to see the total gain or Loss.
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 04:55 PM
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    By now you have figured we have the shortest seasons on the planet and the worst fish and wildlife management also. Good luck in trying to figure out all the regulations. Stay safe.
    I've had interactions with game departments in 5 states and 3 provinces, and agree totally. I've heard hunting consultants express the same sentiment. Even the pro's can't get straight answers from this department.
    Welcome though, we need to import as many good people as we can.
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    Unread 10-30-2012, 05:35 PM
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    I grew up in Coulee Dam and started hunting in the 50's when hunting was excellant and management was good. They just want your money now and could care less if you bag something. The pheasant release program was good back then and they had bounties on coyotes, bobcats, cougars, crows and magpies. You could also kill hawks and owls. Wild birds had a much higher hatch rate back then as now there is to many preditors that get the eggs and chicks. Some years they released as many as 500 pheasants at steamboat rock recreation area per season. We could limit out any time we wanted.
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