I bow hunted from around 1991-2005, always up by Quartz Pass/Lofton Resevour, about 10 miles east of Bly Oregon. Gotten a number of deer there over the years. The population seems to be dropping the last few years, but I've always loved that area. Silver Lake is nice to, Rifle hunted there in 2008 and got a nice fork. Don't do much serious hunting on the west side.
There's a lot of public land and gated private timber (hike or bike in only) up the Skagit. We did lot of deer hunting up there while in College at WWU. Lot of deer, we never saw anything huge though. We were lazy and focused on clearcuts with a little more effort you might have better success that we did, two deer in four years between two hunters.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...