Re: Western Washington success...
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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