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.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.