||General Buck Deer (Bow) - Western Oregon;
General Buck Deer (Centerfire) - Cascade & Coast Buck Areas;
Controlled Deer (Muzzleloader) - 100M1, 121M, 123M1
||Bow: August 26 - September 24 (some till Dec. 10) / Centerfire: Sept. 30 - Nov. 3 / Muzzleloader: seasons vary
||$3800.00 / 5 day / prices vary (see detailed pricing page)
||centerfire rifle, bow, muzzleloader as specified above.
I have several ranches with large quantities
of deer on them. We will be looking
for mature bucks in the 17-20 inch+
class. There is also some excellent
public lands that are worth hunting.
The terrain on the private ranches
is very easy rolling country with
scattered brush, fir, and oak trees.
The forest ground is somewhat steep
and brushy with some open (big) old
growth timber. There are also some
steep canyons as well as clearcuts
and grassy meadows. As with elk, I
like to spend a large amount of time
glassing for deer. I spend most of
the year scouting, with countless
hours spent behind my optics.
When we reach our destination we will start
at higher ground, spot the buck we
want, then begin the stalk. When a
stalk is made I will go with the hunter
and help them get as close as possible.
Physical condition is not usually
an issue as I drive as close as possible
before starting the stalk. The only
time we will be doing considerable
walking is when we need to hunt a
closed spur road. I do not believe
in spending time walking somewhere
if I do not know for sure that what
I want is there. When we get in shooting
range, 400 yards or less, I make sure
the hunter has a very steady rest
before a shot is fired. After the
buck is down my work begins again!
The Muzzleloader Hunt is a trophy blacktail
hunt during the peak of the rut. There
is usually snow which helps concentrate
the animals on the winter range. There
are several nice bucks to choose from.
I recommend holding out for a 4x4
in the 18-20 inch class with good
forks and lots of mass. This is big
country with old growth timber, brushy
clearcuts, and snow. I spend most
of my time driving to different vantage
points and glassing. Time is spent
hunting trails and ridges as well,
looking for a big buck or a track
to follow. This is a hunt for serious
trophy hunters. A monster buck can
be taken during this time. The entire
hunt is in high country but the ground
is usually easy to traverse.