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Need some advice...

hello everyone im new to the forum but love it already! Only been browsing a few mins and i can tell there is lots of good info on here. that being said i had some questions i thought id just throw out there for some advice. I recently bought my first bow because i really want to get into archery hunting. Im a newbee in all aspects of it. although my shooting is progressing quickly. I applied for an eastern oregon elk hunt (ches nimmnus) with a party and actually ended up getting it. didnt think it would happen because we got it last year after appllying for 4 years or so. So i was supprised when we got it back to back years. I missed last year due to some military training so i was of course slightly heart broken. smile So my plan for this season was archery hunt the oregon coast. But now im torn between taking the tag for rifle hunting in eastern oregon. Assuming i can not take the tag and then buy a general archery hunt tag? So i guess my question is "what would you do". Take the eastern oregon rifle tag and hunt for a week... or start out archery season on the coast and hunt off an on for a month? Any and all suggestions, advice, stories, etc would be very much appreciated. Thank you any and all for your time and thoughts!
ps. rifle deer hunting in eastern oregon this year

thanks again!

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Re: Need some advice...

Welcome to BGH. I'd rifle hunt eastern Oregon. You're a newbie, you'll likely just be chasing ghosts with the bow. I see archery as a tool for experts, not beginners, you'll just be frustrated, and you won't be hunting with your friends who may be able to teach you something. Your odds are much better for actually killing an elk with a rifle. However, if your friends are just learning that unit also, and have never hunted it before, I'd think a little more about picking up the bow, just for the added time in the woods, presumably closer to home.
Have you seen if there are any leftover doe or cow tags you could use for bowhunting instead?

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Thanks for the welcome!! I didnt mention that i was plannin on bow hunting alongside a good friend whos been doing it for about 8years now and been suceessfull (those loggers seem to know where all the elk are) But i agree my odds have to be alot better with a rifle. And my hunting party has only spent one short season where we are plannin on going to rifle hunting this year. Ill probably head over and do some scouting sooner than later. Where do i find out if there are any leftover doe or cow tags? Again thanks again for the input. Love this place..

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If I were in your shoes I

If I were in your shoes I would hunt eastern oregon whether its with a rifle or bow. I got my bow last year and took a year to become very good at shooting even though i really wanted to bow hunt last year i used my rifle tag. so i would use your rifle tag this year, and plan on future hunts aith you bow also in eastern oregon. I have many friends who hunt the coast and say its not as good as it used to be.

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Congrats on getting tags back to back years!!! Here is my little storie... I drew a bull tag in 08 for Starkey after putting in for 8 years. I was lucky enough to get a nice 5X5 opening day. In 09 we did not draw so I took up the bow n arrow. This being my first ever trip with a bow I was not expecting much. I was lucky enough to get a shot at a 5X5 about a week into the trip. You never know what will happen!!! Even though I missed my shot it was one of the better trips I have had hunting. I learned a lot about bow hunting which will make me better for this year. The one thing I really enjoyed bow hunting was seeing more branched antler bulls then when I rifle hunt. The only hard part is figuring out how to get them or yourself close enough for a shot.

Your chances of success are better with the rifle tag and I would not give it up because you probably will not draw again for a few years or so. This year I'm rifle rut hunting in Idaho so I won't be able to make a second bow trip to Oregon this year. But I'm definately hooked to do it again!!! Maybe next year I will draw another bull tag (fingers crossed)!

i try to maximize my opportunities to hunt with multiple states with a combination of rifle/bow you can do this pretty easy. It's spendy and if your job allows that much time off I would take advantage if you can! Good luck with whatever you decide

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I'd do the rifle hunt but

I'd do the rifle hunt but then I'm a rifle shooter. Tried bow's a long time ago and I am not good enough. You want to practice bow hunting year around? Shoot the bow at target's till your better than you though you would be and carry a good camera in the field with about a 300mm max lens. You can get decent shots with the camera and that lens, the bow is a heart beat away.

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I'd rifle hunt. You can buy a

I'd rifle hunt. You can buy a over the counter tag next year but you probably wont draw a rifle tag 3 years in a row. Just my 2 cents. I hope you enjoy which ever hunt you go on. Keep us posted on your new archery career.

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any update on what you

any update on what you decided

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What do you guys consider

What do you guys consider "eastern" Orgegon?  I hunted Diamond Lake area a few years ago with a rifle in the general season, and even that was tough.....

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eastern oregon

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

What do you guys consider "eastern" Orgegon?  I hunted Diamond Lake area a few years ago with a rifle in the general season, and even that was tough.....

I  say eastern oregon I mean north eastern in units like starkey, mt emily, catherine creek imnaha, Or any unit east of the cascades on a controlled hunt.

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Okay, gotcha!

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