Gentlemen, I'm new to hunting in WA and have only hunted a few years in Western WA. I'm more familiar with hunting in TX for Whitetails as that's where I grew up. I'm going hunting on the Eastern side of WA this deer season. Primary target is Mule deer. I've heard that the population of Mule deer in the Okanogan NF is high, but I'm concerned about stumbling over so many hunters that it would turn out to be more of a hunt of a place to get away from the hunters than to find the deer. I'll be making a scouting trip in the next week or so. My physical condition is fairly good and the other 4 of us are from older gents that probably won't want to walk far to late 20s and could walk all day. I'd suspect that some of us might make a little trek to get up high since we think that's where the best bucks will be in mid-Oct. Other areas that we are considering are the Swanson's Lakes area E of Davenport and the Blue Mtns in far SE WA. What do you think would be a realisitic success rate for each area if hunting the whole early season (besides what's on the WDFW website)? Any suggestions on areas ... N of lake Chelan but S of Hwy 20 ... N of Hwy 20 ... stick with the Blue Mtns or Swanson's Lakes area?