Washington state hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Engine5truck, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Engine5truck

    Engine5truck New Member

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    Hey guys, I lived in pa all my life and mainly hunted white tail. I had moved to Washington state about an hour west from Seattle and have no idea about the hunting out here. I have a winchester 30-06 so I gotta couple questions. I know the -06 is a good general round so would that be good or should I move up. Second question is what when and how do I get involved in hunting here? I'm used to just gettin my buddies together goin out and puttin some drives on. Any hints for wa huntin?
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Find somebody with private land.
     

  3. 97powerstroke

    97powerstroke New Member

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    Lived most of my 45 years here in Washington and been hunting here since I was about 17 years old. Never found the need for anything more then a 30-06 myself. Not saying theres anything wrong with higher power rifles, just that Iv'e never felt under gunned with an 06. It does anything I need to do at the ranges that I'm comfortable shooting at and for me thats about 400 yards and under. Also never had the oppurtunity to hunt private land yet.
     
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  4. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    There's nothing on the North American continent that the 30-06 isn't capable of handling. You should be good to go unless you just want something else, and there's nothing wrong with that, either!

    Go online to the Washington State's department of natural resources (it may be called something else) and research the game laws and public hunting areas. There may also be local forums that can steer you to hunting clubs or recommendations for public lands as well.

    It's a beautiful state with lots of good outdoor opportunities. Enjoy!
     
  5. 97powerstroke

    97powerstroke New Member

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    The only real isue I have about hunting around here is I find that it gets VERY crowded in the woods during hunting season. Especialy on the west side. LOTS of road hunters and many really don't go far from the roads, but I find that if I get only about a half mile or more in or more I generaly have the woods to myself. Wilderness area is a good place. No roads, just trails.
    There is a big differance between the eastern and western washington. West side (Packwood for instance) is typicly wet and pretty thick with cover, at least during modern rifle season. Archery season I think might have better weather at least early in the season. East side is usually a bit dryer, colder and has a lot more open country and you will find both Mulies and white tails over there. You will find elk on both sides of the hills. Havn't hunted west of seattle yet so can't really comment on that area.
     
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