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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!

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If your hunting the McKenzie unit, Ild would give NF road 15 from Tombstone pass down to Blue river. I have seen lots of deer and sign along there.

If you go across hwy 20 into the Santaim unit, Ild give NF road 11 from Marion Forks down to Green Peter. Daily Lake east of Marion forks is a nother good place to look.

Ild try the lower finger valleys along either road. Although I have seen more sign along road 15 down near blue lake.

Good Luck,
WiskeyJaR

oh yeah...WELCOME TO THE BOARD Thumbs up

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Welcome to BGH shouldbehuntin!

JR lives over near that stuff and is like a wood tic, he'd have a good idea. If you see him out there, tell him his wife is looking for him! Laugh Redheaded guy that doesn't like to wear shoes and drinks good scotch! He is Scotch!

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WhiskeyJar,
Thanks for the insight. I've always heard there's good deer out there but I've never seen one with the limited time I've spent out there. The woods and I will becoming very close the next few weeks.

Best of luck to you!

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Shoes just slows ya down.... Shame on You! and the Scotch.....ifn ya get 'dem little ground squrriels drunk enough, they'll wont 'nark" ya off to the deer Evil!

ShouldBeHunting,
are you able to hunt the entire season? They close down the cascades for deer hunting from oct 17 - oct 23 for cascade elk hunts. The good thing about the Santaim unit, deer in the little valleys and elk upper ridges, dont even have to move camp.

Don when ya coming over for to get ya one ol our little critters we call blacktails? Already told da Mrs she is working over time so I can hunt more this season. Thumbs up

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WiskeyJaR,
Unfortunately I won't be out there more than 3-4 days total throughout the season. Baby's due Oct 2nd (worst planning ever on my part!) I've used all my brownie pts for elk season. If I get my deer this year it's just a bonus.

I'm thinking those units are more sit and wait rather than spot and stalk correct? Also, does it get pretty busy with hunters since it's a general tag?

Thanks again for the help!

If I get my deer I'll be sure to send you a bottle of Pendleton!

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well I like the spot and stalk me self, dont have the pattence for the waiting game. But I know other do and been succesfull each their own I guess.

Ifn your only in for 3-4 days , (silly kids, dont they know its HUNTING SEASON?) I would prolly hang out around NF road 15 down near Blue River, is where I have seen the most sign. Along where the river frist starts the resivour.

Good Luck,
WiskeyJaR

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ShouldBeHunting,

There is currently a forrest fire raging just south of Detroit on NF road 11. I am sure they will have it out bby hunting season, but not sure if the deer will be back by then or not. Would hate for you to spend your 3-4 days in a burnt out forrest.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august282009/canal_fire_8-28-09.php

Just thought ya'ld like to know.
WiskeyJaR

P.S. let us know ifn ya get a hunting buddy or a hunting buddette, Thumbs up Best wishes to the missus in the delivery

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Thanx again WhiskyJaR! I'll check out NF 15 a little harder now. Hoping to get some scouting time this weekend. Can't wait for the season to get here.

P.S. Getting a little hunting buddy and really excited to pass along some traditions!

Best of luck to ya!

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