Well, Hunting season is here in full swing and I continue in my embarassing streak of 4 years with no buck to bring home. I have hunted mostly the northeast Mckenzie unit, South Santiam unit, and coastal range. However, I have spent an AMAZING amount of time in the High Cascades in the area of hwy 22, 20, and 126 within 20 miles of the Hwy 22/20 junction. I usaually hunt Scar Mountain, Lava Flats, Big Meadows, Three Pyramids, Parrish Lake, Potato Hill areas. This year alone, I have 4 days in hunting time. 1 day road hunting, and 3 days serious hiking/climbing/watching clearcuts and meadows. Just yesterday I went up behind HooDoo, Potato Hill, and Three Pyramids. The snow was falling and I can't tell you how many times my heart pumped faster as I thought FOR SURE that my buck was around the next corner. I love that feeling! But in all my time this year I have seen 1 doe. AAAGGHH the frustration! Are there just no deer in this area? The hunters are Thick so I know there has to be Deer here. Blacktails are notoriously hard to hunt, but I just am not seeing any animals. I see plenty of sign and some tracks, but that's it. Please spew your advice, as I get so depressed on the drive home, I think about selling all my guns. Of course come morning I am hopeful again, but I could really use some help here from you guys out there that know your stuff. Should I be going to a completely different area or should I try sitting on a clearcut for 2 days? I have a hard time being patient enough to stay on one place more than 5-6 hours. Thanks in advance, and if anyone is going to be hunting this area, let me know and maybe well share a brew and talk of trophy bucks!!