One Down, Four More Tags To Fill

Good news from deer camp this morning: Eric called to say he was pushing a buck down the mountain — in his deer cart.

His father, Richard, got the muley this morning not too far from where Eric and I got our deer last October.

In Eric’s brief voice mail, he describes his dad’s deer as a 5×5. It’s Richard’s first in four or five years of hunting. Previously he’s gone around Granite Falls and above the Little Wenatchee River.

“First buck he’s ever seen,” says Eric this afternoon.

“It’s a really good-sized deer,” adds Dad.

That leaves Dad, John, Eric and my tags still unnotched halfway through the nine-day season.

“We’re seeing more deer now,” Eric reports.

“It’s really encouraging to see this one,” Dad adds, his nose slightly stuffed with “the crud” I have.

I’ve got a call in to USFS and WDFW wildlife biologists for the area, but I’m tempted to say that Richard’s buck took heed of the National Weather Service’s “special weather statement“:

“THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS LATE THIS WEEKEND OR EARLY NEXT WEEK…”

Yabba dabba.

Now to get there before it hits.

But it’s not just Washington hunters who should be excited about this weekend’s deer hunting prospects. Oregon buck reopens in the Cascades just as storms will drop daily highs from the mid-70s today to the mid-40s by Sunday.

And just as the National Weather Service issued an advisory for North-central and Northeast Washington, it has also issued one for Western Oregon. Warn Federal forecasters:

“PEOPLE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES…ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND ALONG THE COAST SHOULD BE READY FOR DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS…HEAVY RAIN…STRONG GUSTY WINDS…COOLER WEATHER AND SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO LAST INTO NEXT WEEK.”

Northwest Sportsman contributor Troy Rodakowski has a phrase for those sort of conditions: “Baro bucks.”

“With the barometer dropping, the deer will be moving,” the Junction City, Ore., hunter emailed me this morning. “Now is when it starts to get exciting!”

Indeed.

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One Response to “One Down, Four More Tags To Fill”

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