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Looking at moving to OR or WA. Need as much general hunting info as possible. HELP!

Hey all! I'm new here and seeking information and advice.

My wife and I are trying to come up with a good compromise on somewhere to relocate to. I grew up in WI with hunting and fishing as a way of life (not to mention they way we stocked our freezer). This California living is not cutting it for me, but my wife refuses to move away from the ocean. We're currently looking at Oregon and Washington so that we can both have what we want. From what I understand OR has both general seasons where tags are over the counter and special seasons where tags are drawn by raffle. From what I understand Washington is a raffle only state (not sure though, could use clarification).

So here is the stuff that I need more info on:

  • Which areas of each state have the better/more availible hunting? (Elk, deer, bear, waterfowl, etc.)
  • Is there a lot of land availible to the public for hunting?
  • Is my information on the seasons correct?
  • What is the fishing like in any of the areas with good hunting?
  • One area that has me pretty interested is Salem, OR. Is this a good area?

I know this is a lot of information to ask for, but any information anyone can give me would be more than helpful.

 

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Welcome to BGH Either state

Welcome to BGH

Either state has very good hunting for all the game you mentioned, and some.

The west side of the mountains, of either state, has thicker foliage. Whereas the east side is high dessert with areas of Ponderosa pine forest. Oregon's east side has the 2nd largest Juniper forest in the world. Muley's love that stuff.

West side of either state has Blacktail deer and Roosevelt elk. East side has Mule, Whitetail deer and Rocky Mountain Elk.

Fishing is abundant on the west side of either state and the fishing on the eastern side rivers is also very good. On the west side you get the Salmon and Steelhead runs up the rivers.

As far as, permits and tags. In Washington You can go down to your local Walmart and get license and tag for most all game, get a few maps and start looking for areas to go. The reg's will get you the info you need. There are early and late seasons, dependent on game population.

There are also special permit and draw tags for some hunts. Check with the Washington Fish and Wildlife. It seem as though they have a need to change some part of it every year or two. Keeps you on your toes.

If you don't mind a lot of rain and wet winters. The west side and the coast of both states have much to offer.

 

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Thanks a bunch!

Wow, that's exactly the info I was looking for! Thank you very much, I figured it would take a little while to hear from a few people but thats what I needed to know. That definitely clears things up on the Washington part, it was kind of hard to tell from their website because I kept seeing stuff about buying raffle/lottery tickets. Looks like I'll be checking out the western side of both states.

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Salem is a good area to

Salem is a good area to access whatever you want. Hour ande a half from the coast and lot of timber company land, used to be open for hunting but I haven't hun ted that side for years. Blacktail is an across the counter tag. A lot of bears in the coast range, that is just west of you. Then again, in the valley there is not much in the way of open land to hunt. Lot of fishing around the valley. But if you prefer high country, that's only a couple hours away. If you want coastal streams, that is an hour and a half or so.

What do you do for a living?

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Right now I'm doing whatever

Right now I'm doing whatever comes my way for work (warehouse, carpentry, etc.). I'm going to school on the GI Bill for now too, so what I will be looking for in the future will be law enforcement, fish & game, etc. How is the job market up there? Better than CA I hope...

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Big difference

Big differences in WA west of the Cascade mts and east of them.

If you are set on the ocean, then you will likely settle on the west side.  OR coast line is very commercial, much of WA coast is uninhabited, but harder to get to.  I-90 will pretty much take you from the west side to the ID boarder in about 7 - 8 hrs.  I think big game hunting is a draw between WA & OR.  Waterfowl hunting much better in WA.

Send me a Private message and I will put you in contact with the wildlife officer where I am.  Note I said "the" officer.  I live in a county thats bigger than some eastern seaboard states and we have one (1) officer.  Funny thing is he grew up in WI too.

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Oh and by the way, we refer

Oh and by the way, we refer to Seattle as San Fransisco north division. 

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Big difference in states it

Big difference in states it seems. If you want to hunt mulies in Oregon you must draw. If you want to hunt eastern elk other than bow you must draw. The west side is pretty open for a general tag.

 

WA has more hunters per animal than any state in the west. That means the woods are pretty crowded in some areas. Not all but some. Both states just raised there prices. I love WA the fishing is great, we don't have an income tax but we have a sales tax.

 

I love where i live, we are an hour and a half from the beach, 1 hour from the mountains. And right on the river.

 

Good luck on your decision, both really are good. If i were you i would look for the job first and then decide on hwere you will live.

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I grew up in SW Michigan,

I grew up in SW Michigan, moved to CA in 85, retired to Gold Beach, OR in 2003. The first county north of the CA state line on the coast. This is really rural, especially north of Brookings. Lots to hunt many over the counter and draw tags.Up to 2  Mt Lion tags available over the counter, up to 3 bear tags for residents, bow hunters have an early season. Check state ODFG rules and regs.60 % of county is owned by Gov. lots of land to hunt.

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