Give me my B and D3-5 tags for deer and my Tule elk tag and I'll be happy.
I actually drew an X-10 tag and hunted there last year. In two different trips, I saw only two does. The problem with X-10 is that it is a mecca for dirt bikers. This is one of the last (if not the last) place in the state where the NFS maintains trails for OHV and trail bikes and encourages their use. Needless to say, the deer hightail it out of the area to escape the noise. This was my first trip to X-10, and I was unable to do any pre-season scouting due to an illness in the family. I had no idea this condition existed there during deer season. The early part of the season, the bikers are wall to wall. Towards the end, there are a few less. My hope is that the later G-38 season will avoid the off road fiasco. During my second trip, I got caught in (enjoyed) the two pronged snowstorm that hit the Sierras last year. I was actually enjoying freezing my a-- off in the tent while the snow built up outside in anticipation of the morning hunt. I took the Jeep as far as I could, then set out on foot. I spent the entire day after the storm driving and hiking. I never cut one deer track the whole time! (Although, I did find some old tracks above Monache Meadows before the storm.) That pretty much convinced me the deer had moved out of that area. During the two trips, I covered everything between Kennedy Meadows and Monache Mountain. There were dozens of camps along the Monache Mountain Jeep Trail, but not one hanging deer, which I thought to be unusual. I swore never to go back to that area, but being a glutton for punishment, I have applied again. I reasoned better to hunt a marginal area that you know something about, rather than a good area about which you know nothing. Got to be deer there somewhere. Just have to find them within handgunning distance.
I would say that you are pretty much a shoo in for an X-10 tag with that area as first choice.
From what I've been reading from you and on a couple of other forums, it sounds like it's going to require some serious humping to get away from other hunters if I want to have any chance of seeing anything.
I was eyeing Monache Meadows, Deer Mountain, etc, just based on the maps, but it sounds like everybody does the same thing. So, looks like I'll have to find the ugliest, nastiest terrain that I can safely handle and shoot for that.
Guess I'll be hunting the south or extreme north parts of the zone.
well. now that i know i'm not going to colorado!!!! x12 for a big 3x3 or better,,, then local d13.. bt need to find a new honey hole,,,,