The incredible warm weather, basking the area, was less then ideal for the hunters. We only had a few guests in hunting, as we are still busy with fisherman. Reports of does being seen, mostly muley’s, and quite a few moose are being seen as well. Guests brought in a nice 2 point muley buck Sunday eve, but that was it. Good buddy and his group, punched there LEH moose draws, easily with 2 big bulls, taken in this area.
Grouse still seem to be few and far between, but the warmer, dryer weather seems to be pushing them closer to the roads. I was out with our springer last Wed. morning, and he put 9 ruffies up in a few hours, which was good to see. Some big northern mallards have been taken this past week as well, lots of ducks stopping in on there way south.
Weather forecast is changing, and should be more favorable for the hunters.
Not much new to report this week.
Hunting pressure has been very light, with a few guests reporting just seeing a few does around, animal activity has been minimal. The weather this past week has been all over the place, with over 3″ of wet snow early in the week, followed by lots of rain, to the current sunny warm temps rising into the low 20’s. Some huge winds in the area this past weekend saw lots of new blowdowns, and a couple reports from people in the bush, saying it was an exciting time dodging trees(pack a saw!!!). It also seemed to push the deer into the open, out of harms way. Some scouting reports for moose, indicate they are starting to move around in anticipation for the rut to start any time now.
Oct.1 and the ‘any buck’ muley opener, pus the continuing ‘any buck’ white-tail season, will see more hunters out, and we will see deer starting to be harvested.
Hunting pressure in this area remained very light. We have seen some real swings in the weather, with some warm sunny day, fairly mild nights, then some incredible rain, even heavy wet snow!
Deer are moving around, and we are seeing a good number of muley bucks around. In my driving around here, I have a seen a big 4×4, a smaller 4×3, a big 3×3 and a small fork bucks, all in the last couple days. During the dryer days, we finally started to see and get some birds, mostly ruffies. Young birds seem to be very small for this time of the year, and are being passed on, better to wait till they get big next year. There have been quite a few moose sitings, mostly cow/calf, but a few respectable bulls have been seen as well. Some days we are seeing bears in our travels, last Wednesday I counted 8, probably the most I have seen in a single day.
We did have a 4×5 muley buck come in to camp this past Sunday.
The General opening hunting season has started. Deer appear to be moving the past few days throughout the basin and on the lower mountains, overnight temps are down to +4C in the lower areas and closer to freezing up on top of the mountains, unfortunately lots of unstable weather moving in this area. No snow on top of the mountains yet or for the foreseeable week, as temps remain moderate for this time of year. Hunting pressure was light in the area. A number of cow moose have been spotted, along with quite a few small muley bucks. Spruce and Ruffed grouse have been seen, but light in numbers at this time. Rich gets to sleep in now as he got a small 4 point muley this opening weekend.
Not to be out done by the boys, 12 year old Nita, bagged her first deer, a nice muley buck. Her smile says it all!
Also, Brook age 16, got this nice muley buck this morning, to compliment his cinnamom bear taken a couple days earlier. He has been doing well on the ducks during the Heritage Waterfowl days as well.
Last evening, Bo Fox, age 13, dropped a beauty 4 Point Muley, taken in the resort area. All the young Fox lads have had a great start to this Junior season. Both of there Dad’s time with them in the bush, sure shows!
Some cool nights dipping as low as -3C has sure made it feel ‘fall like’, and hunting season is definitely in the air!
The Junior season and archery season started on Sept.1.
Prssure is light to non-existant out there, but we had one father/son in taking advantage of the early jump-start to the hunting season, available to them. They were rewarded with a nice white tail buck, the second morning of there hunt. This was his son’s first deer, so a very exciting moment for both.
Also, both Clay and Cody Fox, two of the young lads that help us out at the resort in the off season, each bagged themselves a muley buck the first two days of the season. Looks like the fall is off to a good start!
New Hunting Reg’s Out
The new printed regulations are now out.
Be sure to check out the big changes, with the new open season for whitetail does, and the revised dates on the immature bull moose season for WMU’s 3-18 and 3-19.
Or check them out on-line by going here:
Not too much new to report on the hunting scene.
LEH were all in a couple weeks ago, and hopefully hunters will know early this year, if they have been successful with there draws.
We are seeing lots of deer, both whities and muleys, around the area, but no fawns yet. Muleys have been steadily moving higher from there wintering areas. The low snow fall this winter, and the number of deer siting, sure indicates they wintered well. Bucks are well into velvet, and a few are shaping up to be trophy’s this fall. Moose are still being regularly in the area,but no calf’s been seen as of yet..A few hunters have been out looking for bears, taking advantage of the sporing bear hunt, with regular sitings of some beautiful cinnamon phased blackies in the meadows gorging on grass and dandelions. This nice bruin, at just over 6′, was taken locally, by our good buddy, Jim Fox, on the bow at 38 yds, made for an exciting stalk and hunt.