Idaho Hells Canyon archery 2022

Elkdog

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Wow. This brings back memories! I grew up in Baker and we had friends we hunted with that lived in Wallowa. We hunted Hells Canyon a few times. It’s amazing country. Good luck!
 

Hilljackoutlaw

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Our retired buddy was working 2 bulls this evening and ran out of daylight. He said they have been suprisingly responsive and vocal even with the high temperatures. He is going to try and relocate the same bulls in morning. He is being very picky with where he shoots one if he gets in range being solo, but is having a blast with a lot of action. A lot of excitement in his voice when he called.

Picture of I'm assuming the double creek fire in Oregon he snapped tonight from his camping spot.

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Hilljackoutlaw

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Bonus story:
I also have 2 buddies from arizona at my house staying in the camper since the 3rd who have elk and deer tags for the river bottom by the house. They have seen lots of deer, but only doe in range so far. One guy was full draw on a doe this morning but decided to wait since he has until the 15th to hunt. Also saw a small bull this morning with no shot. This afternoon he arrived at the treestand and was pulling his bow up and heard a snap looked over and saw an elk. He pulled the bow up the rest of the way and shot him at 45 yards at 6pm. The bull went 75 yards or so and he watched him fall. I called my buddies son and him and cousin met me at the parking area and we made short work of him.
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Other buddy hunting river bottom got a flat tire on his bicycle on way in tonight and fixed that and didn't make it to the stand.
 

Hilljackoutlaw

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The PA guys arrived at my house on saturday night about 845pm. And we decided to sit in my basement, drink, and play pool all night telling stories since we dont get to see eachother very often...and when i say all night i mean until 130pm on sunday. So we were a day and half late getting to the hunting area. It was a fun night full of good laughs, but all we could do was point fingers at each other the next day. Best of 3 games of pool should never turn into best of 21....haha

So the guys got into elk last night before I got here. I was dicking off at @Duck-Slayer house borrowing a sleeping pad cause I forgot mine. Today was my first day hunting and we got into 3 bulls this morning but 2 of them were just not accessible at all. The other surprised us. It rained all morning so we got soaked came back to camp and dried out at 1pm. Had a plan to go out a trail towards the top tonight when a thunderstorm decided to come in so that plan was squashed. Did see a really good bull and some cows driving back down the mountain tho and plan on going for him in the morning. Forecast has forced us to truck camp for now.

Positives: 1. bulls were bugling today and a lot.
2. We saw elk right away and having a first timer with you is huge for moral as he looks at this landscape and wonders how to even begin.
Negatives: 1. Rain won't stop.
2. Smoke has visibility at an all time low!
3. Stuck truck camping.

Sorry no pic porn....damn smoke!
 

Hilljackoutlaw

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Still Smoky today, but no rain yet. Heard a few this morning saw 3 all across the drainage. Headed to New ground now. We saw 14 different hunters out of only 40 tags in and out of the drainage we were based out of. This is not my idea of a wilderness hunt to many roads in that area.

Elk trail I followed this morning went about 3 ft from that cliff for a long ways.

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GrantK

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Bonus story:
I also have 2 buddies from arizona at my house staying in the camper since the 3rd who have elk and deer tags for the river bottom by the house. They have seen lots of deer, but only doe in range so far. One guy was full draw on a doe this morning but decided to wait since he has until the 15th to hunt. Also saw a small bull this morning with no shot. This afternoon he arrived at the treestand and was pulling his bow up and heard a snap looked over and saw an elk. He pulled the bow up the rest of the way and shot him at 45 yards at 6pm. The bull went 75 yards or so and he watched him fall. I called my buddies son and him and cousin met me at the parking area and we made short work of him.
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Other buddy hunting river bottom got a flat tire on his bicycle on way in tonight and fixed that and didn't make it to the stand.
All of the CO people are dying to know if that's a 5" browtine and therefore a legal bull in CO, if it is it should definitely go on the "is this a legal bull" thread.
 

TheTone

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We saw 14 different hunters out of only 40 tags in and out of the drainage we were based out of. This is not my idea of a wilderness hunt to many roads in that area.
That’s been a common complain as long as the hunt has existed; decent sized unit, not a ton of people, lots of wilderness/roadless country and everyone in the same spot
 

Stocker

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You guys laugh. It could be true. You don’t really understand an “oh #*^@#*” moment till you’re looking up out of one of those holes.
A guy I knew went on a guided hunt years ago and wanted to go into a hell hole in NM. The guide told him it would be a “salt and pepper bull”

He explained you better take salt ant pepper to eat what you want because you weren’t getting an elk outta there.
 

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