Successful Draw…Now the work starts

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  • July 8, 2014 at 9:26 am #633055 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    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.

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews}

    >>>>--Shoot Straight-->
    July 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm #633066 Back to Top REPORT

    kyleg29

    Age: 26
    Joined: 7/8/2014
    Location: PA
    Congrats man. Look forward to seeing the pictures!! Best of luck.
    July 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm #633068 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    Fantastic!

    Sent via Jedi mind trick.

    July 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm #633072 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Joined: 11/14/2007
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    Congrats Hotshot! 14 years — that’s like raising a child and watching them graduate. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up} Will be waiting for all the details of your scouting.
    July 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm #633079 Back to Top REPORT

    texjim186

    Joined: 3/18/2008
    Good luck. Can’t wait to see the pics
    July 9, 2014 at 11:00 am #633141 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004
    Congrats!!!
    July 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm #633150 Back to Top REPORT
    rich_r
    Rich_R

    Age: 42
    Joined: 9/16/2010
    Location: MD
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    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 100gr
    July 31, 2014 at 3:29 am #634628 Back to Top REPORT
    kreece1013
    kreece1013

    Age: 26
    Joined: 10/28/2012
    Location: Pennsylvania
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    Awesome! Can’t congratulate you enough! I’m trying to get draw in PA!
    July 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm #634662 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    DCIM100SPORT

    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
    DCIM100SPORT
    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.
    DCIM100SPORT
    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.
    DCIM100SPORT
    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.
    DCIM100SPORT
    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.
    DCIM100SPORT
    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-->
    July 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm #634670 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Joined: 11/14/2007
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    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.
    August 1, 2014 at 11:50 am #634715 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    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 {#emotions_dlg.mathews_wink}
    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.

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews}

    >>>>--Shoot Straight-->
    August 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm #636121 Back to Top REPORT
    hotshot
    Hotshot

    Age: 54
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    Leaving tomorrow morning to check the webcams and some more area.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_smile}
    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 {#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

    {#emotions_dlg.mathews}

    >>>>--Shoot Straight-->
    August 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm #636136 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004
    Hope u get some pics! Be careful!
    August 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm #640446 Back to Top REPORT
    fridge24
    fridge24

    Age: 50
    Joined: 9/9/2013
    Location: ohio
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    Congrats  and have fun it looks beautiful out there. Good Luck
    August 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm #640561 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 63
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    It’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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