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I tried posting this in the big game forum but nothing. I am looking for some info. I don't want anyones spot just some general ideas. I would really like to get an elk this fall and I would like to know what area I should start scouting. I normally go at St. Helens area but I never scouted till the weekend before and that has left me empty handed. I have also been told the PE Ell area is pretty good and also Packwood. I just wanted some feedback from some fellow Washington hunters I would like to stick to the south west if I find a decent heard I am going to visit them often if I can.
 

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Washington has the worst harvest to hunter ratio in the entire nation. There is issues with how big game is managed in Washington State.

That stated, people are not real open to tell you much about their hunting areas.

But you said it in your inital post. Going to an area with out scouting puts the odds rather high that you will come away empty. I would suggest you start scouting in July and every other weekend and camp over night so you can scout that early morning.

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TheHunt nailed it. It is all about time in the territory before you pull the rifle out of the case. Anyone who bags birds or bulls without scouting is either lucky or bought a guide.
 

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TheHunt said:
Washington has the worst harvest to hunter ratio in the entire nation. There is issues with how big game is managed in Washington State.

That stated, people are not real open to tell you much about their hunting areas.

But you said it in your inital post. Going to an area with out scouting puts the odds rather high that you will come away empty. I would suggest you start scouting in July and every other weekend and camp over night so you can scout that early morning.

Jim
 
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