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I was lucky enough to have drawn this tag this fall. I grew up in eastern Canada and have shot a lot of whitetails over years but when I moved to the PNW the dense west side hunting discouraged me and I stuck to duck hunting the first 15 years after moving here (I did a little archery hunting when I first got here). 5 years ago I got the itch to get back into big game hunting and I’ve gotten several nice deer and 2 cow elk. I’ve never shot a bull.

I’ve hunted north of LM in Keating, Ches, Imnaha, and Sled Springs but this will be my first hunt in this unit.

Next weekend I’m going to make my first trip into the unit and start the scouting process. I’m intending to make a lot of trips in August (I also need to do some scouting in Keating for my boys deer tag) with my main push for the hunt in September. I’d like to hold off to the peak of the rut to have an opportunity to hunt with a rifle while they’re all fired up.

I’m not sure how many are interested but I intend to post how my scouting and hunting is going on this thread. I always enjoy reading and watching peoples hunts so hopefully you all might get some enjoyment out my adventures.

I’m hopeful to get an opportunity to shoot a nice bull. Regardless it’s going to be a great chance for me to spend a lot of time in the field.
 

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These kind of threads are terrific IMHO. I've never drawn one of the premium hunts yet but hope I do someday. In the meantime its fun to tag along via a ongoing thread, like some of the sheep threads its all good.

Good luck to you on your hunt.
 

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These kind of threads are terrific IMHO. I've never drawn one of the premium hunts yet but hope I do someday. In the meantime its fun to tag along via a ongoing thread, like some of the sheep threads its all good.

Good luck to you on your hunt.
Much appreciated. I’ve been in cloud nine. It’s good to be a fall to remember.
 

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I don't have experience in that particular unit, but don't over look August and early September. Can often times see some darn big velvet bucks that don't have their guard up yet. Rut hunt would be awesome, but be hard to pass up a giant early on in the fall if the opportunity presented itself. Good luck!!
So true. A good buddy, who will be making some trips with m,e said he’s holding my bullets and will only give them to me when he agrees it’s a shooter ;)
 

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So true. A good buddy, who will be making some trips with m,e said he’s holding my bullets
To keister or not to keister.......that is the question!

My late buddy Dan was a great cop. He wanted so badly to shoot a 4pt mule deer buck but he also REALLY liked filling tags. I told him if he ever drew in MT that I'd get him his 4pt but I got to hold his bullets. His response "That's fine, I'll just keister an extra one in case you don't let me shoot the first 4pt we see". God I miss him...

Thanks for the memory, and best of luck on your hunt. I think it's safe to say we all enjoy the process reports. Seeing the beginning in a new unit, transgress into finding animals and hopefully culminating with your first bull!

I can't imagine having a rifle in my hand with a bugling bull in front of me.....:cool:
 

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To keister or not to keister.......that is the question!

My late buddy Dan was a great cop. He wanted so badly to shoot a 4pt mule deer buck but he also REALLY liked filling tags. I told him if he ever drew in MT that I'd get him his 4pt but I got to hold his bullets. His response "That's fine, I'll just keister an extra one in case you don't let me shoot the first 4pt we see". God I miss him...

Thanks for the memory, and best of luck on your hunt. I think it's safe to say we all enjoy the process reports. Seeing the beginning in a new unit, transgress into finding animals and hopefully culminating with your first bull!

I can't imagine having a rifle in my hand with a bugling bull in front of me.....:cool:
I’m hoping to not keister ;)

Sorry about your hunting buddy. I appreciate where you’re coming from. Some of the fellas I grew up hunting with are no longer around.

It all comes back to the memories we have. I’m hoping to make some this year.

Update on my trip is yesterday I started packing ~50# on my back during our evening dog walk (approx 1.5-2m). Was pretty tough with yesterdays heat but I figure it’s a good start. I hope to do this daily through the prep and into the season. Right now on fairly level ground in town but will need to add some elevation at some point. At 50 I still keep in good shape but I’m not taking anything for granted.
 

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Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to following along.

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What's the date of your hunt? Searched ODFW website and couldn't find your (rut) hunt listed. No current data. I'm pretty inept at website searches sometimes.

What makes this a "premium" hunt?
 

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I was lucky enough to have drawn this tag this fall. I grew up in eastern Canada and have shot a lot of whitetails over years but when I moved to the PNW the dense west side hunting discouraged me and I stuck to duck hunting the first 15 years after moving here (I did a little archery hunting when I first got here). 5 years ago I got the itch to get back into big game hunting and I’ve gotten several nice deer and 2 cow elk. I’ve never shot a bull.

I’ve hunted north of LM in Keating, Ches, Imnaha, and Sled Springs but this will be my first hunt in this unit.

Next weekend I’m going to make my first trip into the unit and start the scouting process. I’m intending to make a lot of trips in August (I also need to do some scouting in Keating for my boys deer tag) with my main push for the hunt in September. I’d like to hold off to the peak of the rut to have an opportunity to hunt with a rifle while they’re all fired up.

I’m not sure how many are interested but I intend to post how my scouting and hunting is going on this thread. I always enjoy reading and watching peoples hunts so hopefully you all might get some enjoyment out my adventures.

I’m hopeful to get an opportunity to shoot a nice bull. Regardless it’s going to be a great chance for me to spend a lot of time in the field.
Congrats i live in the area
 

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What pack you using? Rifle? Caliber? Scope? inquiring minds wants to know :)
Well I haven’t decided yet. It’s between my Winchester tungsten extreme m70 in 270 wsm or my Sako A7 in 30-06. Both are wearing Vx5 in 3x15 with firedot (love that scope). I’m leaning on the ‘06 as it is setup for the 165 accubonds. My 270 wsm is setup for 150 fusions (had a heck of a time finding ammo last year when I bought it and the only premium ammo I could find it didn’t like). It shoots sub moa with the fusions and I got a cow in Mt with it last year. It never took a step. That being said I’m leaning on the accubond.

I have a Kuiu Pro pack. Love it.
 

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What's the date of your hunt? Searched ODFW website and couldn't find your (rut) hunt listed. No current data. I'm pretty inept at website searches sometimes.

What makes this a "premium" hunt?
Most units have a premium deer or elk tag. The premium tags are hair tags open from Aug 1 - Nov 30. Not sure where in the regs it mentions these tags. There is only 1 tag issues per unit per species.
 

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I'd scout this month, find a shooter in the steep nasty stuff and kill him in the velvet in Early August. There is a ton of private land in that unit and a huge portion of the big bulls will be on that private chasing cows after about the 3rd week of August. Your best bet finding a bigger bull on public ground is when they are still in the summer range, also how many people can say they killed a big velvet bull elk.
 

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I'd scout this month, find a shooter in the steep nasty stuff and kill him in the velvet in Early August. There is a ton of private land in that unit and a huge portion of the big bulls will be on that private chasing cows after about the 3rd week of August. Your best bet finding a bigger bull on public ground is when they are still in the summer range, also how many people can say they killed a big velvet bull elk.
Thanks. I appreciate that insight. That is definitely something I’m considering. I think if I find something nice in august it’ll be hard to not take that shot. Also hard to not enjoy the extended time in season I’ll get. At 50 I’ll likely not get this lucky again.
 

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Hunter185... There it is!.. On-line info is way behind printed. The hunt unit season's did not include premium hunt(s).

Killer2... Have not applied for a premium tag since they first came on the scene. Didn't recall the terms. Wish you the best outcome. Like your enthusiasm. Helps to be young. Don't underestimate yourself at 50, just a kid. I'm 76 and still a Chukar hunter. Have toned it back a bit but can still put in 15 miles a day if needed. Use the '06 and 165 Partitions. NPH mentioned "private land" which is extensive. on-X (or similar) is your friend.

NPH's first sentence says it all. Scout now. The big guys will be obvious.
 
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