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.
Want a quick and inexpensive call for Moose? Take an empty 32 ounce coffee can, and make a small slit in the bottom, only about a quarter inch. Then, take one of those really big red rubber bands, the ones that go around big folders. Cut the rubber band to make one long piece.
Now, thread one end of the band and tie a knot on the outside of the can so it won't pull through. Cut the band off on the other side so it is even with the top of the can.
Now, wet your finger,...