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Old 11-17-2009, 11:55 AM
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Nice job on a wetside bull. A branched antlered, public land, general tag western WA bull is very hard to do. The most frustrating part of hunting western WA, at least around Skagit Valley, is access. I wish I could have signed the gate contract for these timber companies$$$$$! Even the state land is locked up most of the year, which is a huge change from the 80's and 90's in this area. How was the access where you hunted? Don't feel bad about not understanding the management strategies of Washington state, as they regularly do things that boggle the mind. I have had pretty good fortune here, but definitely not the same kind of success that is had all around our state (BC, Idaho, Oregon). The game department of WA has a pretty solid track record of producing a poor product when you look at the opportunities (especially in the northwest part of the state) combined with the game management policies. It's not all doom and gloom, but I know we could do much better.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:06 PM
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Really a great story and read. Thanks for sharing it.

That country looks very similar to the Oregon coast range that I usually hunt. 10 months 'til elk season...
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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Enjoyed the story. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:45 PM
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Great hunting story. Congratulations to your brother. Nice pics of your shot groups and excellent shooting.

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:08 PM
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I feel the frustration of trying to take on the west-side. Its proven difficult at best for me. Wet weather and I dont get along well,(Im from Eastern Oregon). But anytime a guy gets to hunt its good, no matter how bad it is. Success of anyone in the party is sweet! And seems to fuel the fire to brave the miserable conditions for the chance at another elk.
Right off the road.... your brother was BLESSED! Good for you guys! Thats cool.
Congrats to both of you, and good job on the hunt. 1 tag filled and a never say die attitude for goin it alone is a success to me.
Nice shootin too, 800+ with those groups is something Im still searching for with my toys. Someday........Ill get there.
Good luck this year
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:44 PM
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Great story, great hunt. I have always dreamed of hunting in an area like that.

Thanks for sharing your hunt with us.
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