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.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...