Use Promo Code Randy for 20% off OutdoorClass

Washington State Cleman Mountain Ewe Hunt, Mt Spokane Cow Moose

kevinbethje

New member
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
14
Location
Kennewick, WA
I drew a Cleman Mountain Ewe tag in Washington State. Anyone else had that tag in the past? I live within a couple hours, so I will spend some time there. My question is, in October, what areas will they be in , the open hillsides along 410 just out of Naches, or will I need to climb to top of the mountains. Prepared for either.

Also, by luck, I drew the cow moose tag in Mount Spokane South unit. Any advice on that hunt is appreciated also. It looks like getting an access permit from Inland Empire will be a good thing to do.
 

neffa3

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 17, 2015
Messages
8,306
Location
Wenatchee
I drew a Cleman Mountain Ewe tag in Washington State. Anyone else had that tag in the past? I live within a couple hours, so I will spend some time there. My question is, in October, what areas will they be in , the open hillsides along 410 just out of Naches, or will I need to climb to top of the mountains. Prepared for either.

Also, by luck, I drew the cow moose tag in Mount Spokane South unit. Any advice on that hunt is appreciated also. It looks like getting an access permit from Inland Empire will be a good thing to do.
There are no difficult sheep tags in WA. Almost all can be hunted from the road.

I would imagine that moose tag will be a lot harder to fill.
 

Matthew57

Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2021
Messages
62
I hunted turkeys this spring quite a bit in that area. Saw several moose so I’d think if you get the IEP permit you should be able to fill your tag.
 

lonedave

Active member
Joined
Dec 2, 2015
Messages
106
Location
West Richland, WA
I drew a Cleman Mountain Ewe tag in Washington State. Anyone else had that tag in the past? I live within a couple hours, so I will spend some time there. My question is, in October, what areas will they be in , the open hillsides along 410 just out of Naches, or will I need to climb to top of the mountains. Prepared for either.

Also, by luck, I drew the cow moose tag in Mount Spokane South unit. Any advice on that hunt is appreciated also. It looks like getting an access permit from Inland Empire will be a good thing to do.
I had a ewe tag on Clemens in 2019. It’s basically a one day hunt. The sheep are probably spread out over most of the area from Naches up to Cliffdell and over the other side above the Wenas valley. The vast majority are on the 410 side from about a half mile below the feeding station to about 2-3 miles above the station. They definitely range in that area from the highway all the way to the top of the mountain. The parking lot just past the canal crossing at the entrance to Waterworks canyon is always a good starting point. I started up Waterworks for both my ram in 2014 and the ewe in 2019. You can really make it as hard or easy as you want. You’ll probably start seeing sheep within just a few hundred yards of the parking lot or take your time and go further uphill. For my ewe, I took my Thompson Center Seneca 45 muzzleloader to make it a little more difficult. I ended up about halfway up Waterworks canyon and got in front of a moving herd dropping down the canyon. I shot the lead ewe from about 40 - 45 yards. It took me until later in the afternoon the first day, but if you use a rifle, it probably would take much less time. Like any sheep hunt, use of binoculars and spotting scope can really save you some climbing time. If you’re a bow hunter, take it, you won’t regret it, unless you’re really pressed for time.
I’m in West Richland, so if you’re close, we could meet up some time and talk if you want. It’s really kind of a fun hunt and I thought the meat was great. My wife, not so much, but she didn’t like the ram either.
I can’t really give you any pointers other than general stuff for your moose. My moose tag in 2015 was in the Kettle Range-East Okanogan area. Again, I managed to get my bull the first day. I keyed in on water and was sneaking around a little pond/lake when I ran into the bull chasing a cow. One thing I will say….a moose on the ground about a mile off the road solo is not a lot of fun! It took me until 2:30 in the morning to strip the meat and bag it up. I didn’t get the last (7th) load out until the afternoon of the following day. I had plenty of meat sacks, rope, and a great pack (Exo 5500). Even so, at 57, it was a little exhausting! I did him gutless and it worked great. I’d recommend doing it that way.
7238E494-1035-4C45-9958-B2DBB0065E7E.jpeg
 
Last edited:

kevinbethje

New member
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
14
Location
Kennewick, WA
I had a ewe tag on Clemens in 2019. It’s basically a one day hunt. The sheep are probably spread out over most of the area from Naches up to Cliffdell and over the other side above the Wenas valley. The vast majority are on the 410 side from about a half mile below the feeding station to about 2-3 miles above the station. They definitely range in that area from the highway all the way to the top of the mountain. The parking lot just past the canal crossing at the entrance to Waterworks canyon is always a good starting point. I started up Waterworks for both my ram in 2014 and the ewe in 2019. You can really make it as hard or easy as you want. You’ll probably start seeing sheep within just a few hundred yards of the parking lot or take your time and go further uphill. For my ewe, I took my Thompson Center Seneca 45 muzzleloader to make it a little more difficult. I ended up about halfway up Waterworks canyon and got in front of a moving herd dropping down the canyon. I shot the lead ewe from about 40 - 45 yards. It took me until later in the afternoon the first day, but if you use a rifle, it probably would take much less time. Like any sheep hunt, use of binoculars and spotting scope can really save you some climbing time. If you’re a bow hunter, take it, you won’t regret it, unless you’re really pressed for time.
I’m in West Richland, so if you’re close, we could meet up some time and talk if you want. It’s really kind of a fun hunt and I thought the meat was great. My wife, not so much, but she didn’t like the ram either.
I can’t really give you any pointers other than general stuff for your moose. My moose tag in 2015 was in the Kettle Range-East Okanogan area. Again, I managed to get my bull the first day. I keyed in on water and was sneaking around a little pond/lake when I ran into the bull chasing a cow. One thing I will say….a moose on the ground about a mile off the road solo is not a lot of fun! It took me until 2:30 in the morning to strip the meat and bag it up. I didn’t get the last (7th) load out until the afternoon of the following day. I had plenty of meat sacks, rope, and a great pack (Exo 5500). Even so, at 57, it was a little exhausting! I did him gutless and it worked great. I’d recommend doing it that way.
View attachment 226308
Thanks for the info. Looks like you hit the jackpot on draw tags. This is first time ever for me drawings a moose, sheep or goat, with all the points that I can get. I live in Kennewick, so may hit you up someday. My son and I got bull moose in Northern British Columbia in 2019, so I know exactly what work is ahead of me if I find one. Never been afraid to work hard for animals. Spent many days under meat packing. I will go rifle I would imagine, although I do hunt with all weapons. I just have a few other hunts this year I will be out of the office for and I can't be away from work for much more than I already planned for. Thanks again and congrats on your past luck.
 

Latest posts

Forum statistics

Threads
102,453
Messages
1,651,391
Members
32,003
Latest member
kiska2009
Top