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    beetle kill areas

    I'm hopefully going to draw a unit 6 muzzy tag for elk which will allow me to hunt the area around Walden. I was looking up by the Wyoming border area or south around the Arapaho ridge area. I know there is a great deal of beetle kill along the border and into the wilderness area, but was wondering what the beetle kill was like South of Walden.

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    I have no info on the area just a comment on safety and wind. I've only been scared in the woods once, like heart racing scared. I was hunting a beetle kill area that was roughly 5-7 years old I think. Lots of great shoot grass in there that all wildlife loved. Then the wind kicked up, snow started to blow, and the wind kicked up more. Trees were coming down all over. Loud as all hell. I unloaded my gun, slung it and started to run to the nearest edge. I ran to near exhaustion. It was just a plain bad idea to be in there with weather coming at me. Be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugz View Post
    I have no info on the area just a comment on safety and wind. I've only been scared in the woods once, like heart racing scared. I was hunting a beetle kill area that was roughly 5-7 years old I think. Lots of great shoot grass in there that all wildlife loved. Then the wind kicked up, snow started to blow, and the wind kicked up more. Trees were coming down all over. Loud as all hell. I unloaded my gun, slung it and started to run to the nearest edge. I ran to near exhaustion. It was just a plain bad idea to be in there with weather coming at me. Be safe.
    I had a similar experience..... Got my blood pumping a bit also lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugz View Post
    I have no info on the area just a comment on safety and wind. I've only been scared in the woods once, like heart racing scared. I was hunting a beetle kill area that was roughly 5-7 years old I think. Lots of great shoot grass in there that all wildlife loved. Then the wind kicked up, snow started to blow, and the wind kicked up more. Trees were coming down all over. Loud as all hell. I unloaded my gun, slung it and started to run to the nearest edge. I ran to near exhaustion. It was just a plain bad idea to be in there with weather coming at me. Be safe.
    Had a very similar experience in Idaho, it was the scariest experience I have ever had in the outdoors!

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    With some weather and wind it can get pretty real in beetle kill quick. Fires make pretty quick work of it too, lots of hunters in Western Wyoming found that out this year.
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    I guess it depends where you want to go. I hunted GMU 7 there last year and spent some time hiking and scouting pre-season in 6 and 7. There's beetle kill in there but not so dense where I was scared to hike through it. The one thing that did stand out in my memory was the mosquitoes. We poked around the southern section of Medicine Bow in August, and they sure were a nuisance at that time.

    I don't know if 6 was much better than 7, but we ran into a few archery hunters near Shipman Park in September that were complaining it was their worst year there. It stayed hot late into the season. There was a big wildfire just over the border in Wyoming last year that you could see (and smell) all the way from Walden.

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    I was looking at 161 and it appears there has been a fire around that area every year for the last few years. I'd imagine it won't be much different this year with all the dead trees. My original plan was hit the zirkle wilderness, but I'm thinking a backup or two in the other area units is going to be smart.

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    I hunted in the Sierra Madres in WY and shot a bull in a beetle kill area a couple years ago. The wind picked up and I was alone and quartering up my elk there were trees falling everywhere. it made for a very nervous day of elk hunting.

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    I hunted the medicine bows on the Wyoming side. It was worth always having a small chainsaw and fuel in the ranger. Trees fell several times and blocked our way back out of areas we were exploring.

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    Little off topic but beetle kill of ash trees has been devastating in Ohio.


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