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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 9:06 am 
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Yes it's the million dollar question. Basically I'll stay low elevations the main thing is to try and steer clear of hunting.

The main hunting season is closed on Oct 31st not that you have any fear prior to that anyhow

There's something called Late General Buck Season; not sure what-all that is, but an extension of General Buck Season...?

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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 9:48 am 
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The main hunting season is closed on Oct 31st not that you have any fear prior to that anyhow

Bear hunting season goes through Nov. 15th. Twice bear hunters have told me they almost shot my dog (different dogs, neither would be mistaken for bears by reasonable people). Both times I was backpacking on-trail (and met the hunters on-trail) in well-known "classic hike" areas.
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 10:03 am 
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Yes it's the million dollar question. Basically I'll stay low elevations the main thing is to try and steer clear of hunting.

The main hunting season is closed on Oct 31st not that you have any fear prior to that anyhow

Elk rifle season is usually in November.   I fear elk season more than deer season.  It seems crazier to me, maybe because the first snowfall is usually around the same time.   
https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/summary-of-seasons/elk
Also, November is a dark and stormy month.

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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 10:23 am 
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Thank you Kim for these options. It's very much appreciated
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 10:26 am 
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Thanks everyone for the input (keep them coming!). I really do appreciate the time.
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 2:48 pm 
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There's something called Late General Buck Season; not sure what-all that is, but an extension of General Buck Season...?

This is timed to happen around the rut. It's a short season but often the best opportunity to get a buck since they tend to be a bit more careless while looking to mate.

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Bear hunting season goes through Nov. 15th. Twice bear hunters have told me they almost shot my dog (different dogs, neither would be mistaken for bears by reasonable people). Both times I was backpacking on-trail (and met the hunters on-trail) in well-known "classic hike" areas.

I'm very sorry you had that experience, no one who is responsible should almost be shooting anything unless they are sure it's a legal animal and is safe to do.

I am a hunter / backpacker / photographer / dog lover and I did warn someone on the trail this last weekend (also on a very "classic hike") that their dog looked very similar to a bear and I recommended she put some orange on it. I was not hunting at the time, just backpacking, but I was concerned for the dog's safety. This was at 30 yards and in the brush, it was easy to mistake it until you stopped and took a closer look. Things get more difficult at 200-300 yards, especially in the early hours when the light is not a strong. I would never shoot something without 100% confidence that it is a legal animal and there are no person(s) behind it but unfortunately not everyone is like that. As an example, I would never even put my rifle scope on the animal until I had verification it's a legal animal via my harmless binoculars (Universal firearm rules 2, 3 and 4).

For context, I consider myself a responsible hunter, I follow all hunting rules, report anything illegal, and am the type of person to haul out and pick up trash when I see it year round. I only hunt a few weeks out of the year and spend the rest of the year backpacking and doing landscape photography.

Unfortunately, not everyone is like myself. When it comes to poachers or maybe a young inexperienced hunter (separated from an adult perhaps) that is a bit too trigger happy, they will shoot and ask questions later. They don't care if it looks like a dog or it's a bear with cubs or something illegal. So my advice is to just err on the side of caution and put some orange on the human and doggo at this time of year since not all people out there have the best intentions.
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 3:28 pm 
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Wearing orange is good advice. Both my dogs and I started doing that after my two incidents and also because of the infamous Sauk Mountain incident, where a teenager mistook a grandma for a bear.

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/teen-found-guilty-in-sauk-mountain-shooting-trial/
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 7:08 pm 
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Special permits Nov 1-20 are very limited. Unless you hike in the clockum lower teanaway elk hunters are sparse. If your worried about being shot you have a better chance of that happening in downtown Seattle. Or shouldn't be out there in the first place. Surprising coming from a person in AK where the population of hunters is highest. Getting shot by a hunter is the least of my worries. IMO
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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 8:20 pm 
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Surprising coming from a person in AK where the population of hunters is highest.

Well then, I guess you have some pondering to do for your evening's entertainment.

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Accu-weather com has got pinpoint, down to the hour forecasts lookin' 90 days out!! So with this technology you can book trips and commit to hikes way in advance knowin just what the weather is gonna do all day.

For example cle elum. Ya got a 57% chance of precip and high of 36 degrees on December 19. Fourcasts you can re-ly on!

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