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.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...