As September has brought on cooler nights, there is that push to make every day in the field count, as the inevitable winter looms on the horizon. Things have been busy around here for the past couple of weeks. The fall of 2012 has marked the first black bear season where a non-resident needs to draw a tag. As of this date, the steams here on the north end of POW seem to have more pinks than silvers, but as recent as yesterday we were catching some nice chrome Coho. The bucks we are seeing are good hard horned, “chocolate horn deer.” A good growing season for the deer, as the bucks taken have been good and fat.
The deer hunting is still focused in the Alpine, a couple of really nice bucks were taken this past week. As with most hunting, persistence paid off with a fine Koscuisko Island buck, for a good friend and repeat client here at AFTL. Mark toughed out some driving rains, on a solo pack trip into the alpine. During the same six day period here in Whale Pass, the little weather station recorded, “9.1 inches of rain.”
A second group of Montana guys, polished off a successful hunting trip with some nice flat fish, proving those high desert folks know how to fish big water too.
We are in the woods daily, and have a very capable group here now. I am anticipating a neat follow up within a week.
So far Jared has been unsuccessful in punching his goat tag over on the main land. He has seen several mature animals, but has not been able to close the deal. “I will keep you posted.”