Just introducing myself... hello, my name is Ben. I currently live on the wet side of Washington just outside of Tacoma, however I've recently taken a job in CDA and will be moving there in a couple weeks. I have a lot of family in the area - and have always considered N. Idaho a place I wanted to call home - just needed the right job. So, it's done! I'm very excited... big move, big decision, but very excited! My passion is archery elk. I've been chasing Roosevelts for a long time and can't wait to scout some new areas and big bulls. I've got my kids' college fund wrapped up in bass gear, needless to say its an addiction. I've fished many areas for bass between Priest and CDA - love them all! It'll be great to live close to the excellent bass fisheries. Add in deer, bear, wolf, turkey and its easy to see why this is a great place for sportsman. Don't worry - I won't tell anybody else
Probably my biggest challenge with the move is learning how the birds work in the areas... I basically know nothing about the waterfowl and upland opportunities in the panhandle. But, scouting blind can be a lot of fun! I've spent years hunting tidal marshes and mud flats for less than optimal, and way over pressured, duck hunting. When I say mud flats - I mean mud you can lose your dog in (ah forget it - I can never explain it well enough to do it justice). Let's just say that I've seen a guy lose his waders cause he got stuck up to his chest and the tide was coming in... no lie! And sorry to say, this guy is my friend
. It'll be good to hunt an area without "salt" - easier on the gear and guns. It'll be good to hunt something without tides... But I have no idea how its gonna go down. Opening day here is like navigating Seattle rush hour traffic on the water. Guys keep coming in 1/2 hour after dawn, setting up 80 yards next you. I have no clue if I'm gonna see this type of hype in the panhandle or not... And being on DHC long enough, anything you say is only 23% accurate so don't bother
; can't say I blame ya - I've been responding to post just like this for years.
Anyhow, I hope you don't mind me moving on in uninvited
. But I can assure you I bring zero drama, no blue state ideals, but I do bring a whole lot of desire to scout/hunt the entire state. I'll send out a hail call soon to see if anyone wants to tag along on some scouting trips... I'll be scouting with my bass rods in tow for a while
Have a good one!