Welcome to the forum!!
Hello Eastman Forum Members,
I have posted a few time previously but have never really introduced myself. Lived most of my life in S. Calif. but moved to N. Calif. four years ago. Found a great spot for my hobbies of hunting and fishing in Shingle Springs (thirty minutes East of Sacramento and twenty minutes from where gold was discovered.
Taught Physical Education for forty-six years and officiated high school football, basketball, softball, and baseball for thirty-seven years; my whole life has been associated with athletics. Hence, the nickname "Olref"..."NOT OLD Ref"!!!! LOL!!
Have hunted Wyoming for the last five years (1) Deer Areas 131 and 82, (2) Antelope Areas 90, 91, and 92. (3) Elk Area 30. Successful in all except for Elk Area 30.
This year was drawn for a Cow Elk tag in Area 32....have never been there before. Called the Game Warden and Biologist for the area, both said highest rate for success would be during the bow seasoln (all of Sept.). They indicated there were elk in this area but when rifle season opens (all of Oct.) they head for the Wyoming/Colorado border, near Colorado Area 201.
Any help from members who have hunted or just been in Area 32, would greatly be appreciated!!!!
A big THANK YOU to Umpqua Hunter for his help in the past!!!!
Good Luck to all of you during the hunting seasons from Sept. to Nov.
Olref (aka: Doug)
Welcome to the forum!!
"Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I fee. One is the colors that fly high and proud The red, the white, the blue. The other one's got a rattlesnake With a simple statement made "Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave. Because this is me. I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs. And I've said it before but I'll say it again 'Cause my family's always fought and died to save this land. And a country boy is all I'll ever be."
Hello Oleref, Welcome to the forum. The biologists and warden you spoke to were right on with there information. There are a ton of elk in the Unit during september. Bowhunting is amazing down there, but as soon as the rifle shots start going off. The elk head for colorado and don't come back. It is a very frustrating part of this hunt. Let me know what else I can help you out with. Very familiar with the unit.
Work Hard, Play Hard and Regret Nothing...........
I hunted 32 many years ago. Lots of elk - filling a cow tag shouldn't be an issue. I'm not as familiar was hunterman probably is... But I would 'second' that once the rifle hunt starts there is a mass migration south of the border. There are a few locations that locals are familiar with where hunters actually sit on these 'pressure driven migration paths' to ambush elk going across. If you hunt towards the north of the unit the affect isn't as bad (in my limited experience).
I'd be interested in reading some feedback on your area 30 elk hunt... Did you have bull tag or another cow tag? How was the hunting pressure?
Brave Rifles & Toujours Pret!
When did you hunt 30? I'm also interested in your feed back. That tag used to be a slam dunk hunt but have heard negative reports the last 2 years. When do you plan on hunting 32? I'll be out scouting for deer next weekend, I could run over to pine mt and let you know what I find.
Hello PointsHunter and SSliger,
THANK YOU to both of you for your responses and input. I sent a PM to Hunterman2164 thanking him, as well. I know NOTHING concerning Area 32 and plan on being there approx. Sept. 23. As I mentioned, both the Game Warden and Biologist indicated "A lot of elk, there";where...... I have no idea. Biologist said to try Canyon Creek off Hwy. 430. On the BLM map, Canyon Creek looks like it has ALOT of roads available but I don't know what the land looks like....flat, hilly, etc. He also mentioned Red Canyon Bandlands (N/W of Pine Mt.), South side of Pine Mt., Tee Pee Mt., Richards Mt. and Elk Butte. At this time, these are just names to me. They both said that the rut should be in effect approx. the third week of Sept. (that's the BEST news I've heard so far concerning Area 32...LOL!) I don't like to track (regarding archery season), that's why I was hoping to hit the jack pot and hunt during the rifle season.
Concerning Area 30: I had drawn a cow tag for the 2011 season. Hunted solo for eleven days saw ONE bull elk and NO COWS!!!!!!!! Hunted Little Firehole, Middle Firehole, Flattop Mt., and Dry Hollow area, all the way down to the northern border of Area 31; on advice from others, never hunted on the East side of Hwy. 191 and/or Miller Mt. On occasion went out with friends from Rock Springs who had drawn a cow tag. One evening, with them, right at the end of legal shooting time, saw a herd of easily OVER 100 elk on Little Mt.!!!! My friends told me that quite often they've seen elk crossing Hwy 191, coming from Area 30 running into Area 31.
Again, ANY INFO. on Area 32 is really appreicated. Also, ask more specific questions, if you have them, regarding Area 30. SSliger, any "Bird Dogging" you could do, would be GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU for the helpful suggestion!!
Good Luck on your own hunts!!