Originally Posted by therichardpowell
Alright guys, I did a quick search but didn't come up with much. Here's the scoop.
I used to live in and hunt in Craig Colorado, and I got spoiled... Deer, elk, antelope, I tagged out every year. I wasn't "long range" back then. Mostly 300 yards or less. Animals were just everywhere and you could spot and stalk. Sagebrush and high desert sort of landscape made things pretty easy.
Fast forward. I live in Hood River Oregon now. I have been hunting the area for about 3 years now, and I have been completely unsuccessful. It is totally out of my spectrum. The woods here are THICK! So thick in places you cant even walk through them. And there are some elk around, but not a bunch. I have yet to draw a tag for eastern Oregon so I am stuck with a general tag for the Mt. Hood area.
My question is, can some of you guys with more experience recommend some tips on how I should be hunting these buggers? I have tried spot and stalk, didn't get past the "spot" stage... Tried chasing tracks in the snow, could never get close enough, tracked em all over the damn mountain.
By the time elk season rolls around, I feel I should be comfortable shooting to the max capable range I would consider for a 308 on elk, about 400-450 yards, not that it's likely I'll ever see one that far off...
I guess the general question is, long range or not, faced with thick ass woods and animals few and far between, what would you do?
My first thought is, "hunt like a bow hunter", but being a general tag, there are a ton of people out chasing these elk around, they are spooked 100% of the time.
Welocome to Oregon lol. These roosevelts are the most trickys elk u will ever hunt. They get blown out pretty easy dont talk much and are ghost half the time. But believe me they are there. Oregon has a great population for elk. Most of the time and half the hunters here run around with. there heads cut off and seriously over look the ground there at way to quick. Glass glass and more glass. These elk hide in this country like no other. One min nothin next whole herd filing out.
Yeah there is a lot of pressurse in Oregon. And they stright brush up and disappear. Thats when u got to hit the timber hard or look for thick reprod with open faces. They will bed up in that all day long and let u drive right by and not move a muscle. When u hit the timber look for nice flat benchs by units or big timber patchs. They can even have gentle slopes to them or more. If u bump one in the do t be afraid to chase him down. U can chase them down and get a shot.
For got to mention scouting around here is by far the most important thing. Ive found these elk move a lot to the beat of there own drum for no reason. U can find them in the best looking area put them to bed come back open day first light gone. Seems like they run on a month rotation between there home ranges also. Just keep after you'll get one. Oh and when u find a bull before season, watch him like a hawk. Day before season plan on sleeping on that rd best way for success. Its sad, but thats what u got to do around here.
Good luck hope this helps.