Around Bellingham, Blakely Island is the place to go. There are deer everywhere, but they are really small, midget deer. Only problem is getting permission to hunt the private land. If you get permission though, it sounds like essentially a gimme hunt.
You are correct the NW is a large area! I am open to going to any island that has deer and not people. I dont mind putting in a little effort to get away from people, and I dont really care if the deer are a little smaller, I really like the antlers that the coastal blacktails develop. If anyone has hunted any of the islands I would love a heads up on which ones to try. Thanks.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...