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need suggestion for whitetail hunting

Hi, all –

I had a trip to AK planned for next month, but my buddy was denied leave at the last minute. (Guess the Army's up to something.)

Anyway, I was really hoping to hit the fields at least once this year, and now I have to scramble to think of an alternative plan. I've never been whitetail hunting, so I thought I'd look into it. I'm firearms-proficient, but not super experienced at hunting, so I'd need either a guide or a hunting buddy. Any suggestions for places to go, outfitters to look into, and/or...anyone want someone to go out with?

Thanks...

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I hope you can find a new

I hope you can find a new trip to suit you. I'd recommend looking perhaps to Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota and a guided hunt. I'm not sure which might have over-the-counter tags, but maybe someone will chime in with some info. If you'd like to PM me, I'd be happy to put you in touch with a booking agent I've used twice, on hunts to Idaho & Alaska and maybe he could help find you a cancellation (saving you $$) or a reduced price hunt in one of those areas.

Just a thought!

 

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Since you don't have a lot of

Since you don't have a lot of experience and you will have to travel to get into whitetail it would probably be easiest to go with a guide.

The price can vary greatly depending on the state you want to hunt or what your trophy goals are. What are your limits and expectations for this hunt?

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If it were me I'd go spend a

If it were me I'd go spend a week or two with Deer Slayer and ManofFall,their gonna need that Beginner's Luck...Ha!...They've got sum fine look'n deer pic's...Thumbs up

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Thanks for the responses,

Thanks for the responses, guys. I'm willing to invest in a guide if I have to, but my preference would be to do it without. As far as expectations: I'd like something that would go on the wall. Cost: I'd have to look at the whole package before deciding what I'd spend on a guide.

I'm not entirely inexperienced; I've hunted hog before. This would just be my first time going after an ungulate.

Again, I welcome any suggestions.

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Looks like your in Cali, You

Looks like your in Cali, You could always get an OTC deer tag for Oregon Blacktails and hunt in southern Oregon, We have a lot of very nice blacktails down there. Pretty much the entire west side of the state is OTC for both deer and elk, hope this helps.

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thanks for the suggestion...

...can you recommend any guides in that area? Something like a 2 or 3 day hunt should be enough, I'd expect.

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I dont know any guides off hand. I'm a DIY hunter and have never used an outfitter. I did a fast google search and it looks like there are a few that guide down in southern oregon on private land. one in particular was western oregon outfitters.

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Yeah, DIY would be my choice,

Yeah, DIY would be my choice, too, but given that I don't know the area, it'd probably just be a few nice days in the woods. Plus, I don't like to hunt alone. Maybe I'll call those guys and see what their rates are like.

Thanks...

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Depending on the amount of

Depending on the amount of time you have and the amount you want to spend, there are a ton of outfitters in the midwest. If you are after a whitetail, the midwest is definitely the place to be. Good luck on whatever you do and I hope you are successful!!!!!

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