Well, I finally drew a archery Bull tag in one of the “Big Three” here in Oregon.
I drew the Walla Walla Big Bull tag. Only 24 tags issued each year. It took me 14 years to draw this tag.
So with some intel of which a couple nice people gave me I am going to scout it for the first time later this month.
A guy can shoot a huge bull in this unit. But, it is still hunting….who knows what can and will go down.
Anyway, I am very excited and will post picks of my scouting trip when I get back.>>>>--Shoot Straight-->
Location: PACongrats man. Look forward to seeing the pictures!! Best of luck.
Sent via Jedi mind trick.Congrats Hotshot! 14 years — that’s like raising a child and watching them graduate. Will be waiting for all the details of your scouting.
Joined: 3/18/2008Good luck. Can’t wait to see the pics
Joined: 8/4/2004Congrats!!!Congrats! I too cannot wait for the pics.Monster 6, DL 28.5 DW 72#, QAD UltraRest HDX Lost Camo, HHA DS-XL5519, Carbon Tech Panthers, G5 Strikers 100grAwesome! Can’t congratulate you enough! I’m trying to get draw in PA!
Well, The scouting trip was an eye opener. After months of looking over maps when I got there I has some surprises about the area and also some that were not. Mostly the steep and deep is going to be harder when getting an elk out than I thought….and I thought it would be very difficult. The trail along the bottom does not actually “go along the bottom”. Rather, its 20 to 160 feet above the creek bottoms and steep both up and below the trail. Its scary to even step off a motor bike. The bottom is full of yew wood brush. Very difficult to get through. There are some bench area where the hunts will happen but wow…I sure hope he croaks before heading further down..lol! The action will be very up close as the dense trees and brush in the drainages make for tight action. The good thing is the shot will be top pin….So why have I been practicing further than 40?? lol
Most of the ridges are good to walk. Walking down them to a bench location seems to be a great way to express along. The pack back out with meat and the antlers will be interesting. Most of the drainages have good water. Wow the water was so cold and good. Great to drink especially after the hike to get there.
Getting into the bench locations are difficult but once there the possibilities of getting a good bull are good. As you can see some parts can offer a good 40 yard shot. But most will be closer. There are some good trails to walk when there too. Making getting in close to a bull manageable. I hope..lol.
Put out three trail cams in some promising locations. I am going to go back in a couple weekends to change the cards. Maybe move one or all if things don’t pan out where they were left. I wish I had taken a few big blocks of salt. Placing them in the areas the cams were placed would have been golden. I will take some with me when I go to retrieve the cards in a few weeks. Although it will be very close to the opening day of season…I think it will still make an impact on the travel plans of the animals. Making them come more and hang out by the cams.
I was in hopes of finding a great tree stand location. It would be a great way to weed the big bull out of the heard. But, with the water in most of the drainages water holes don’t look real promising. Did find this one however. Good grass around it with a good tree location near it. A good amount of water in the middle with a few spots on the edges for wallows. This has my best trail cam sitting there right now. I am in huge hopes this pans out. Its on a great bench with a large bedding area to the east in the trees. Its also one of the few spots that I think the elk could be taken out with only one lung blowing apart..lol.
So, this gives you a idea of what I found. Sorry I didn’t get any elk pictures. It seems they know when the camera is put away or sitting just far enough away as to not get a picture of them. I will post the pics my trail cams take however. I hope to show you a nice 300 class bull both in a cam pic and with my hands on one. Nothing beats putting the boots down in a location and finding the secrets held in those drainages and hill sides. I know there are many I didn’t find. But, I did find a few….I hope enough to score one fine bull. Fingers crossed. It will be an adventure for sure….one that have me finding out…”how bad do you want him”.
More to come.
Take care all.>>>>--Shoot Straight-->Beautiful country to hunt in there Hotshot. That last place you mentioned sound great to this easterner. Did you see any black bear or signs of them back in there? It looked like some bear country to me. Keep us posted — shoot straight and have fun. Best of luck to you getting that 300.Hey Mark bud….
Oh yeah….plenty of bear sign in the dense yew wood brush. I am surprised one didn’t get seen. I know they were around. If one walks within Drenny’s range I will give it a place to hang out….My wall
Wow, the season is going to be here very soon. Lots to do…
Thanks for the good wishes!! I will post more pics and stories ASAP.>>>>--Shoot Straight-->Leaving tomorrow morning to check the webcams and some more area.
I have been doing some research on the canyons and water systems. I think I have found some decent spots to check…we will see.
I will post the pics off my webcams when I get back…Maybe I can show you some elk this time>>>>--Shoot Straight-->
Joined: 8/4/2004Hope u get some pics! Be careful!Congrats and have fun it looks beautiful out there. Good Luck
Location: Upstate NYIt’s great to have something to look forward to and you’ve got a great “something.” Win, lose or draw, have a great time and GOOD LUCK!
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