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.
As the allure of hunting big whitetails becomes more and more a passion for many, we are finding that the recent (historically speaking) popularity of hunting deer from a tree stand is becoming the way to do it. I'll make no statement either for or against that technique here. This will be simply an essay on what I feel are some outstanding rifles for tree stand use.
Before we go even one more step, let's all remember that safety is first and foremost for anyone wanting to hunt...