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hunting oregon

How many of you apply or hunt in oregon? I know its not a "huge" trophy spot but according to RMEF has the third highest number of elk( behind colorado and montana). I just dont notice to many people talking about hunting or applying here, just kinda wondering why?

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I haven't hunted Oregon yet, but it's on the list.  Part of the problem with Oregon elk hunting is that the OTC licenses are mostly considered (but certainly not true in every case) as thick, rain forest type hunts.  You're also amongst the furthest states away for nonresidents thinking about elk hunting.  And you require a separate hunting license.  Unlike Colorado, in my rankings, the vast majority of the good elk hunting in Oregon is by limited draw license only. 

So, you're only convenient for western states that have their own elk hunting, and inconvenient for states that don't.  California being the exception.

 

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exbiologist wrote:

I haven't hunted Oregon yet, but it's on the list.  Part of the problem with Oregon elk hunting is that the OTC licenses are mostly considered (but certainly not true in every case) as thick, rain forest type hunts.  You're also amongst the furthest states away for nonresidents thinking about elk hunting.  And you require a separate hunting license.  Unlike Colorado, in my rankings, the vast majority of the good elk hunting in Oregon is by limited draw license only. 

So, you're only convenient for western states that have their own elk hunting, and inconvenient for states that don't.  California being the exception.

 

Point taken. I know this year they just raised the prices for licenses and tag both for res and non-res. I agree that the best units are draw for both rifle and archery but there is some great oppertunites if one is into archery. As far as OTC tags go anyways. I dont mind if people dont wanna come here to hunt keeps it less crowded and gives me a better chance at taging out

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I work for an outfitter in

I work for an outfitter in Oregon and Ill give you my observation. There is ALOT of public land that has alot of great opputunities for big critters. Thats the up side. Now the catch, a HUGE portion of it is surrounded by private land and they outfit or lease thier land and there is no access to it.
John Day by boat is an example to be the only way to get to a large mass of public land. The reason you dont see alot of trophies taken in eastern Ore is partly due to how OGF runs thier show. An example is this.

The Oregon buck to doe ratio is 17 per 100, which is pretty low IMO but that is the goals they have set and maintain. the reason why is to assnine to explain so I wont.

With limited pubilc land ACCESS and very low buck numbers (that 17 male ratio includes yearling and UP) and extremely high numbers of hunters especially bow hunters on what land is accessable AND the fact the seasons are set far far off the rut be it deer or elk, alot of huge mature animals simply arent seen and high percentage of that genetics is taken on immature males.
Not to mention they issue very small amout of doe tags, with 100 does per 17 Bucks, having twins yearly thats alot of forage being eaten that the bucks(or bulls if elk) arent having a chance to eat and hence get to trophy size even if they arent harvested.
From my observation,last year for instance I didnt see a single public land non outfitted buck harvested that was over 4 years old. and most were 2 and 3.

 

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I hunted Oregon years ago

I hunted Oregon years ago when I lived in LaPine however it has been probably 20 years since I have hunted Oregon. I do miss it though

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hunting oregon

I have two sisters that live there, but just never really thought of hunting there. I guess money is the driving factor, it costs enough to hunt here by the time I'm done applying. I also have a sister in Nevada, my wife's dad/relatives in Utah, a brother in Calif., but never hunted there either, LOL.

I did go to New Mexico one year as a non-resident, but that turned into kind of a disaster, so never went back again; though I'd love to try for Antelope there some day maybe. Saw some nice ones... and plenty of them too.