Oregon Coast Range Blacktail Tips and Tricks?

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Hey everybody, my name may say Alaska on it but I am from Oregon (this is just my universal online name I usually use), anyways I used to live up in Washington when I was little and I hunted Blacktails up in the Yelm area for a while with my family. Moving to the Northern Oregon Coast Range, I have hunted here like 7-8 years now (in 2019 I went to Minnesota to chase Whitetails) and I have been unsuccessful here. Unlike lots of people here I don't roadhunt, instead going out and hiking in and trying to find deer in clearcuts and timber and whatnot. The coastal towns have lots of successful hunters but of course they say little to nothing about how they are able to get nice blacktails every year. I just wish I got some chances at them in a season. I have noticed a few things like 1. There are of course way more elk down here than up in Washington and 2. The Coyotes and Cougars here seem to also be numerous. That along with the super steep terrain and the huge amount of rifle hunters makes hunting here tough. This year I went out and scouted a single clearcut sitting in and I rarely got skunked, I saw does and fawns almost every night and the nights I didn't see them I heard them. Anyways I am starting to learn where to hunt and not hunt around me. I think a key thing for me is finding ground where other people aren't but that is easier said than done. Any tips or tricks would be awesome! Thanks!

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JasonWi

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Honestly I would contact roosiebull here on RS as Mike is very knowledgeable about coastal BT. I would take any advice he's willing to share to heart as he's definitely got them dialed in.

Unfortunately I hunt the cascades for BT and have only shot a few on the coast range.
 

fisherman983

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Best advice to be successful blacktail hunting is it's a year round deal. If your not hunting, your scouting. Use onx, find clear cuts that are behind locked gates that require hiking and effort to get to. In the spring and summer, you need to be looking for deer. Find good areas that hold good deer numbers and focus on those areas during season. Drive the roads you can all year long covering ground, seeing what clear cuts are huntable, what have food sources, which cuts are getting too grown up to hunt effectively. Find the new fresh cuts to keep tabs on future hunting season and then make sure you have the best binos you can afford and use them a lot.

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Best advice to be successful blacktail hunting is it's a year round deal. If your not hunting, your scouting. Use onx, find clear cuts that are behind locked gates that require hiking and effort to get to. In the spring and summer, you need to be looking for deer. Find good areas that hold good deer numbers and focus on those areas during season. Drive the roads you can all year long covering ground, seeing what clear cuts are huntable, what have food sources, which cuts are getting too grown up to hunt effectively. Find the new fresh cuts to keep tabs on future hunting season and then make sure you have the best binos you can afford and use them a lot.

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One of my issues I think that I have been having is hunting on State Forest Land where there are lots of hunters active, I have put up cameras and I have seen young bucks around but I think that it is alot for me about location. I am gonna be scouting out more places this winter and spring and this time do it behind gates.
 

Twitch

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Lots of cameras.
Find spots several miles behind gates and inaccessible to quads.
Use more cameras.
Focus on last week of season.
Find areas with good doe #'s
Try to get in the woods as much as possible that last week of the season.
Did I mention get lots of cameras out?
 

fisherman983

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One of my issues I think that I have been having is hunting on State Forest Land where there are lots of hunters active, I have put up cameras and I have seen young bucks around but I think that it is alot for me about location. I am gonna be scouting out more places this winter and spring and this time do it behind gates.
I don't hunt state land or big timber. It's a lot of work and more of an archery hunters type of country and not conducive to long range hunting which is my style. Glass them and shoot them.
You will definitely see lots of people out and about. Nothing wrong with that just spend the off season finding deer, and get there first every time during season. I focus primarily on private timber grounds that give public access , either free or with permits.

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landis07

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Like twitch says ! Lots of cameras on the small trails just to the side of the main trail ( highways) that’s where the bucks will walk
And the best time all year to scout for mature blacktails is the MONTH after the season closes


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Oregon

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Honestly if @roosiebull responds listen to him.
I'm kinda lazy and have my own routine. I hunt does in October. Find groups of them.
Then hunt rutting bucks hunting same does in Nov.
 

Oregon

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Like twitch says ! Lots of cameras on the small trails just to the side of the main trail ( highways) that’s where the bucks will walk
And the best time all year to scout for mature blacktails is the MONTH after the season closes


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Back when I was young, spry and mad at them, I'd hunt my bucks in June. I'd go before and after work to find them. Those velvet bucks loved being in the open. I'd find so many(granted, this was late 80's early 90's when you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a forked horn)
Those bucks were visible hours after sunrise in the cuts. I had an 11 year stretch where I was successful on good bucks.
Then I quit being mad at them. My success dropped off.
Bottom line. Stay mad at them.
 

landis07

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That’s good stuff and yes find them in the velvet out in the open before they’re hard horned and back in the thick , but I guess I’m hunting above 4,000 ft elevation and those bucks move after hard horned


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JasonWi

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I’m speaking from my experience on cascade foothill bucks (sub 2k feet elevation), but this is what I’ve done for the last 7-8 years and have shot bucks 4/5 years.

Once season is over and the trails are still muddy from rutting activity I will hike with a pack and multiple cameras and my OnX app and mark all potential trails and “hubs/benches”. Once a spot is found I’ll run multiple cameras in the same timber patch(basically saturating it) for approximately one month and then eliminate trails that aren’t as active as others…pull the additional cameras that aren’t getting the activity and relocate them to a new timber patch and repeat.

I NEVER hunt large old growth as I think they mainly travel through it and not bed in it (again speaking for my area only). I almost exclusively hunt behind locked gates that remain locked all year, and my preference is a minimum 1-1.5 miles back for stand sites.

I only treestand hunt them anymore. Zero rattling, zero calls. Find known travel areas and simply wait until a buck comes searching for does. My best locations are prime example of doing the research. Bucks are only there during the rut from November 9th ish- 25th ish and then you won’t catch another of the large bucks on camera for an entire year! They simply vanish to wherever they go? Which I’m still trying to figure out?

Hopefully this gives you some ideas, as everyone who is successful on them approaches it differently but still have success with our preferred methods
 

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