Wenaha the Dream

goldhunter

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Wondering if anybody has any thoughts on the rifle hunt versus the archery hunt. I have always planned on the archery, but this year I have a pretty heavy work schedule in September. I work in construction and will be paving a highway this year. Anyway, normally I am looking at the archery hunt, but last year I got really sick so that makes me think I should be pulling the pin and go on this hunt as soon as possible. I may not be able to draw but am close enough for there to be a chance. I think the rifle typically is even harder to draw, so maybe not yet. I am a non-resident.

Any thoughts on the rifle vs. the archery in Wenaha? Or the other Big Three?
 

archeryjh

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I honestly think the walla walla and mt. Emily rifle are better hunts. I know of 2 people now that didn't even kill a bull during wenaha rifle.
 

LIK2HNT

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How many points do you have?
Been debating the last few years on which hunt to go for. Was thinking of retiring by the end of this year, but this crappy economy got all my investments hard. Probably going to wait 2 years. Would really like to retire and spend 3 to 5 weeks scouting and hunting. Retirement would give me that luxury.
 

Togwotee

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Wold says it will take 26 points for a NR to draw the rifle tag this year. so unless you have at least 25 forget it .

I'm hearing the numbers and quality are dropping but if I had the points I'd draw it or hold out if I was close.
 

WapitiBob

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After helping a friend in wenaha last year my first question would be how much have have you scouted in wenaha.
 

dvolmer

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With all the fires we seem to have every year, I would go rifle. It seems more and more guys are drawing the premium archery tags and then find out the National forest is shut down. Usually by rifle season everything is back open.
 

Scrillznac

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I hunted a Big 3 Unit last year during archery season. I strongly agree with a couple of the above replies.

1.) If archery hunting then YES do Wenaha archery. If rifle hunting then do Walla Walla or Mt Emily.

2.) My entire unit was closed the entire summer last year up until 8 days before opening day. I flew over for that weekend to do a quick scouting trip with the family. Fire danger is a real concern with any of those premier archery tags.

My advice would be that if you have enough points to pull any of the Big 3 for either archery or rifle then 100% do a rifle hunt. Either buy a wall tent or find someone and borrow one and you'll have the hunt of a lifetime.
 

goldhunter

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Sorry I'm slow. I was away from the computer for a few days. Anyway, I have 26 points. Have not decided yet. Sure is nice hunting bugling bulls. But being able to pull out the .300 would be great if you are looking at a big one across a canyon. I also have to test my arm and shoulder for pulling my bow. Last year I had some serious health issues that included shoulders that felt like rotator cuff injury. They feel better now but have not tried bow yet.
 

Deer

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My wife has 25 points as a resident and we decided to go Wenaha guided. She's 51 and this will likely be her only shot.

Man how I wish I could convince you to apply with my wife. I would try and make it worth your while. She has 16 for an average of 20 still 100% or close to it. I live over here and shot a 382 a few years ago in there.
 

Togwotee

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If I had the points I think I'd burn them. the wolf situation isn't getting better and neither is Oregon's game management in general.
 
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Dave32g

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My wife has 25 points as a resident and we decided to go Wenaha guided. She's 51 and this will likely be her only shot.

I would talk to Keith ( aka Deer ) he knows the unit very well, he lives in eastern oregon and has pack animals.
Plus he’s relentless with scouting.
It would be at least worth trying to work something out that is mutually beneficial.
 

Nilguhm

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Man how I wish I could convince you to apply with my wife. I would try and make it worth your while. She has 16 for an average of 20 still 100% or close to it. I live over here and shot a 382 a few years ago in there.
Deer,
We should talk. I have 20 points and my wife has 24. I cannot go this year however.
 
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