I am looking to get into hunting and just got my license and tag today. I'm trying to figure out some good spots in western Oregon to hunt deer and was hoping some on this board could provide me with a few suggestions.
Welcome to the site. My guess is your down by Eugene? I used to hunt the valley and coast range a lot when I was younger, seems like forever ago but only about 40 yrs! I'm still a young man! Tell us where you live.
Don't know if you know it or not butthe world record black tail was for years, maybe still, out of Polk County.
Your going to find the valley mostly private and accsess fairly limited anymore. Your looking at the coast range and timber property. Or from Eugene, if that's where you are, east up hwy 58 and Oakridge. Also I'd concider east of Sweet Home, between there and Mountain House.
Thanks for the response Don. I am in Eugene. I definately plan on exploring any private land opportunities. Otherwise you need "public" land to hunt on am I right? How do I go about determining what land is public and eligible to be hunted? Also, what's the deal with timber property? Do the lumber companies open up their land to hunters?
Head toward the coast and back up logging roads. Most all timber property. Some have the roads closed with gates across them. If the gates are open you can normally drive in. If you go to the timber companies office, I don't know where they are anymore, they will tell you where you can hunt. Tuff hunting in a lot of the coast range but used to be a lot of deer there. I think I would go out hwy 36 and look around.
You can probably find the timber compaanies offices off of hwy 99 north of Eugene. I'm guessing!
This page here might be old news to you guys but it might be just what I was looking for. Again, any advice on which ones of these areas would offer a good chance of sucess would be appreciated. Thanks
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...