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    Any rainfall in northern Bighorns?

    Does anyone know what the precipitation has been like in the northern Bighorns? Is it dry as a bone or have they gotten some moisture? Any fires in the area? Will be mule deer hunting there in about three weeks. Kind of wondering what to expect. Thanks

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    I will be getting out there on the 5th. I am wondering this same thing.

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    Its as dry as its been in a very very long time. Not sure if there have been any fires up there. Nothing big has happened anyways. Not looking likes its going to cool down anytime soon either. Been in the 90s for a while now.

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    To me it looks about normal up there, though the next few weeks will tell the tale. Was up there for about two weeks rained on use just about every day. The meadows still have green grass, but shes definately got brown in em.

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    We haven't gotten much rain at all. There have been a few fires but nothing substantial and they have been out out pretty quickly. It is super dry up there, the whole mountain is like brown instead of green.

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    It might be an interesting year. It doesn't look like there is much moisture in the near future either.

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    I'm just another observer so dont hash on me. I was up there this weekend. Rained on us a few times not big rain though. I believe the mountain looks average this year. The streams are low with the low snow pack but they have been getting some rain. Lakes seem to be a bit warm. Some lower areas look real good with great vegetation. Some of the higher rolling hills look a bit brown but is nice and tall from a good early spring where the grass got some good length to it. Up around bald mountain it is a lot greener than last year when the snow was around for so long of the summer and never game the grass a chance to grow. I think it looks good. Seems like a lot of later day light showers have been hitting. Now the basins are a different story. Brown, fire prone, no grass, not good. I have been up there the last two weekends and will be back up the 25th. Will see how things look then. More rain would be good, but what we have is not that bad. No fires on the mountain so far this year. One got close by tensleep but that was it.

    Not sure about the 90 deg. weather up there. Have not seen that but I have seen 80 a few times which is plenty warm for that elevation.

    Also when it shows 20% or 30% chance rain every day. those are the smaller evning showers we see. They are getting more rain then you might think.
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    Usually this time of year we get little like sprinkle rain showers up there close to every night. Not enough to do much of anything though. Bald mountain area is green a lot because it gets a lot more water wether or be left over snow pack from up there or sprinkling at night. It is a lot drier up there than I have remembered it ever being there. The run off was very early in the year and now the creeks are a lot lower because of it. The temperatures up there are much higher than when we have been used to. I live at the base of the mountains and believe me, were not getting nearly the precipitation we usually do and the mountains are not flourishing like they normally do this time of year. They definitely look a lot greener than the Gillette area though! Lol
    There have been a couple fires up there so far, nothing big like I said though. There were a couple around burgess junction. I have friends that live and work for WYDOT up there so they keep me in the loop. There we a pretty decent fire by tensleep a couple months ago and then another little one burned not too long ago.

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    Good to know the burgess junction FDP is doing a good job if there where some small fires around. (most fires on the mountains get out of control quick becuase it can be days before someone spots it). I went camping/fishing up behind ranger creek last week and talked to the Firefighters there. They had all there hoses out and looked like they just got back from a fire but the guy told me they where using them at the fire down between Ranchester and Sheridan.

    Look at the positive side of things. With almost no grass in the basins. the animals should stay up on the mountains longer if a winter storm does happen to come through in OCT. (when doesnt one). Bad thing- What are the elk going to do this winter?

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    Thanks for all the info folks. At least it doesn't sound critical enough for Wyoming G&F to close the season or anything.

 

 

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