Moved to Forest Grove this year and noticed I am sitting between two areas that have been logged pretty well so I've been checking all the topographical maps and I'm gonna go scouting this weekend if I have time.
We always did good in the trask when we hunted there, then we moved. If your not afraid to walk look around Barney Res. You can use the Toll road to go all the way to the coast, it's a nice drive and lots of country to look over. If you want a good chace get at least 1/2 mile away from the roads. We always went in from the Turner Creek access out of Yamhill by the pumping station. Get up on the high roads and look down. You will see saddles and flat spots that peopl;e won't go cause they don't have roads. Thats where you want to be.
When you're out in the that country keep an eye on whats around you. The have lots of mobil meth labs and pot farms in that country. Thats one of the reasons we moved hunting areas. We're now in the SW Trask area and Stott Mtn.
Nope. I was able to notice before we had any problems and leave. My boy found a trip wire one time. That led us to look around real good and we noticed a weed farm. Not many big farms out there to be worried about. However there are lots of small scattered set-ups, plants here and there that usually don't have any problems attatched to them. The mobile labs we came a cross are easy to spot. Small junk motorhomes lots of coolers and propane bottles, and lots of wierd chemical bottles all over the place and the road is tore up pretty bad from all the traffic. Those are usually on dead end landings and such. The pot farms are where ever they feel the plants will grow the best. Those are what spook me the most, like I said trip wires, armed nonenglish speaking guards, just spooky.
About mid way around Barney on the road you will see an irrigation looking line break up a small flat. If you walk up that a ways and then break off to the left and climb up the smal ridge you used to be able to get a good look of the country. Not many roads at that time, dive off and start working the alder strips you will see and the flats. Park at either end of the Res and work your way behind and it will open an amazing bit of hinmting grouind that nobody will utilize cause they don't like to get off the roads their. Lots of elk used to be up in that area. Not so many deer but those you saw were usually good shooters and mostly wall hangers too.
It's been probably 6 years since I have been up in there. So. I'm sure that things have changed some. For the most part though the ground should be the same just getting a look at it may be a bit more difficult now. I don't imagine that they have put in many more if any more roads around there.
Durring the season get off the road and get down in the bottoms. Or way off the road on the flats that you have to hike into to even find from a high vantage point.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....