Does anyone have knowledge of this area? I am going up there a couple of days before the archery opener, but have no idea where to start looking for camps or deer. I can't seem to find much information at all on this area. I am just trying to find a starting place. Any help would be appreciated.
I have never been there but heard that water is a big issue. You may want to google earth it and see if you can locate any water sources and go from there. Get a bear tag also! Good luck.
Are you going into the wilderness from the south or north? Check out Elk Creek or Green Spring campground to the south and hike up to Hammerhorn or Solomon's peak.
All I know is to take a bear tag. I have heard many "old salts" of the NorCal Wildernesses state that bears are thicker there than anywhere else.
Good luck. Also I believe that the hippies aren't in there near as much as the other wildernesses up that ways.
Give me a bow, a topo, and two weeks, and I guarantee I'll kill two weeks!!
I'm leaning towards the north end of the wilderness area. I think a bear tag could be a good idea. Although I've never shot a bear, I'm ready to explore that option too.
I know someone who hunts the northern section every year with his dad they take a coiple of deer out of there every year. Don't the area they hunt however.
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Try the Mt. Linn area and try to hunt northern slopes because they hold more water, trees, and shade for those older bucks. There is some good hunting but you just have to hike a little more.
I moved to Cali from Virginia when I was 14 (I am 42 now), and I have never seen a bear in the wild until I went to the Bolly...where I saw 4 in one hour. The bears are in there..
I'm bringing the family along for the camping, so negotiations have narrowed our camp to Hammerhorn Lake or Green Springs (something about wanting toilets). I am thinking of day trips to Hammerhorn Mountain and Soloman Peak and possibly a trip to Mt. Linn and Long Lake. Bear tag will be in hand.
Thanks for the help.
Are you archery or rifle hunting? It will be a zoo during rifle and there will be limited areas to camp, unless you're aready there now. I will be in southern portion of B5 in a few days and maybe hit the northern part later. Good luck.
don't know if you've headed up yet or not. Give me a call. I've spent 30+ years hunting there and my family for about 100 years. Grandfather was born on an old homestead up there! I've taken about 20 Black tails from there too... I'll give ya some info.
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They had a large fire last year in July. I went into the burn area just to check it out. Some areas burned real bad some just barely. I came in from the south so you had to hike in a few miles to get into that area. I didn't see any deer that day but it may have been too soon for them to go back into the area. There was already new growth, grass, etc. so it may be good place to hunt this year.
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Here is info about the fire from last year, just do some searches in Google for more info.
Youtube video of fire, YouTube - Northern California Wildland Fires 2008
The Yolla Bolly Complex was originally named the June ABCD Complex [here]. On 6/29 these fires received a name change to Yolla Bolly Complex Fires. On 7/11, the Yolla Bolly 209 information was merged with the Lime Complex 209 information [here]. On 7/25 the complex was split off, and is now reporting on its own again.
Location: ~30 mi W of Red Bluff, Trinity, Tehema, Mendocino Cos., CA
Specific Location: Yolla Bolly Wilderness, Mendocino NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Lat 40° 4´ 13″ Lon 122° 57´ 55″
Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Situation as of 08/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 145
Size: 89,994 acres
Percent Contained: 100% (reported, but 85-90% actual)