Been a long time since I've hunted the west side. I lived in the Independence/Monmouth area years ago and we hunted either family property outside Monmouth, Black Rock behind Falls City, Polk Talbot outside Dallas or up in the Valsetz area. I have never hunted around Lyon's.
Probably find the same brushy stuff that is all over the valley. Went with my son near Toledo seven or eight years ago. Diaster! Hills to steep for this old guy any more and lots of brush. On the up side though, my son told me that everyone that he knew that hunted elk outside of Newport got elk.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...