Ok, I'm really hoping some of you can give me a little insight here. I've hunted in Pennsylvania most of my life and hunted the past 3 years in eastern Oregon. I won't be making it out to eastern OR this year (first baby) so I'm hoping to get a couple of quick days in either the Santiam or Mckenzie unit general season. I've started my scouting but am having a hard time finding any good spots. I have a ton of maps but that only gives you where some open areas to hunt are. I'm used to 4x4ing around the desert until we spot then stalk. It comes down to that I just don't know what terrain and elevation would be good to find some good bucks. I've scouted as high as 5,000 ft elevation but didn't find any deer evidence. Do they even go that high during the rifle season? Will that change when it gets colder? Should I be looking around water only? I'm not looking for anyone's secret spots, just a point in the right direction would be nice. Should I be in the ponderosa pines or in the thick woods of dug fir? Should I be looking for meadows or recently cut fields? Any help is extremely appreciated!