Been hunting all my life (kinda different for someone in Southern California!) But, there's lotsa deer here, and in the Siskiyous where I also hunt. I lived in Eastern Oregon for awhile too, near La grande. I got drawn in to this spot while looking for reviews on Eberlestock packs. I'm about to take the plunge and get either the J34 'just one' Or, something slightly smaller and cheaper, like the X1 or Gunrunner, But I don't know if they are big enough to haul out a deer... Also, it seems like a great site to learn ideas from other hunters. Especially since down here, most people seem to have lost their natural desire for hunting... Weird!