Other than yourself I don't know of anyone that applies out there yet. I will be planning to come out and hunt blacktail at some point in the future but I think you mentioned before that applications are not required for that tag. I'm not sure but I will be asking a lot of questions when I'm up there fishing soon.
Thanks for the heads up and good luck on all of yours.
Yes there is OTC elk and deer tags, Blacktail in western oregon is almost all OTC and most western elk is OTC, there are some ok hunts for OTC elk in western oregon, The seasons are in mid October so you have to bust your butt to find them but if you hunt on private timber land on the coast you can find them in the clear cuts at dawn and late afternoon. The cascades hunts are pretty hard hunting, the elk are so scatered there hard to find without doing some serious scouting.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...