SPECIAL PERMIT RESULTS ARE IN FOR WASHINGTON STATE HUNTERS
June 21, 2010. Special Hunt Permits are now available online for the State of Washington. If you have put in for any special bull or buck permits you can log on to https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/WA/Specialhuntlookup We have one of the pro staffers that drew a big bull tag for the Peaches Ridge area and a couple of 2nd buck tags for over on Whidbey Island. The new points system that was initiated in the State of Washington was a little tricky to navigate at first, but it looks like it will give residents a better chance at more tags without using up all of their accumulated points on 2nd type tags or doe tags. I hope everyone who put in drew a good tag, and good luck in the 2010 hunting season.
BLACK BEAR HUNTING IN WASHINGTON STATE.
The Washington State black bear season is about to start. There are a few major changes in the fall season this year. Usually the entire state would open up on August 1(with a few exceptions) They have made quite a few changes this year for start dates. If you check on page 60 of the new regulations for this year you will see the major changes in red. They have changed the start dates from August 1st to August 14th on three of the eleven black bear management units. The units changed are Northeastern B, Okanogan, and South Cascades.
The bag limit for black bears in Washington is still two, although you may only take one on the Eastern side of the state. You need to make sure to purchase your second bear tag if you plan on taking a second bear as your license only comes with one tag.
Washington State has the highest black bear population in the lower 48 states. It is probably the most looked over trophy big game animal in Washington State. If you put in as much time as you would during Elk or Deer season, you are almost guaranteed an animal. There are around 33,000 bears in the state, and coupled with minimal hunting pressure, a little hard work and you could have the trophy of a life time.
Many of the Pro Staff of Cantrell Outdoors take their bear every year. Travis and Kris went out and took a bear the very first morning they went out last year over in Chelan County. Some of the hunting on the East side of the state is very open and can make for some long range shooting. Shots in the 400+ yard range are not uncommon. Make sure you practice with your equipment before you head out, as wounding a bear is a frightening and dangerous situation. I would suggest nothing smaller than a 270/7mm. Most of the Pro Staffers at Cantrell Outdoors shoot 300 Ultra Mags in a Remington model 700. With many hours at the range and modified rifle and hand loaded ammunition, we have shooters that are extremely proficient out past a half mile. This makes the 400 yard and under a chip shot. We will be putting on some tips and tactics of long range shooting in articles to come.
GUN CLEANING…NEW AND IMPROVED
Almost everyone who has gone hunting has missed a shot. A lot of times it is due to the infamous buck fever, but on those longer shots it can be your rifle. Things have come a long ways from your grandpa’s gun cleaning kit. There have been some big breakthroughs in chemical solvents to clean guns new and old. The biggest change I believe are the copper cleaners. There are great lubricants, solvents, cleaning snakes and fancy swivel handles on one piece titanium cleaning rods. These are all great things to use together to get the most out of today’s modern and expensive guns. Building my own personal long range rifle and developing hand loads for it, I found that shooting a large magnum with a heavy copper bullet at high speeds meant heavy barrel fouling. I could tell a big difference at the range while developing loads when not using a copper cleaner. If you have never cleaned your gun with a high quality copper cleaner I would highly recommend it. This is because that over time, there is a very small amount of copper from your bullet that gets “scraped” off as it rockets down your barrel. Over time this copper build up will start to affect your accuracy due to the bullet having to fight through that build up in your barrel. This is just one of the many things that affect accuracy, but you cannot have an accurate rifle if it is full of copper. The folks here at Cantrell Outdoors use Copper-Klenz by Gunslick. It works great for a single cleaner when you are at the range all day punching paper. This is used with a one piece stainless rod with guide a patch tip and stainless coil tip. I hope this help some of you make that shot of a lifetime this hunting season.
If you have any questions you can contact us at Hunting@CantrellOutdoors.com or you can leave comments on the main page.