Big game draws

desperatehills

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I have seen results as early as June12th. Two years ago they did not come out till the 22nd and you would have thought the world was coming to a end.
 

JJeffers85

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Always plan on disappointment. Even with success, you will find more orange then open hillsides with animals anymore. Scout hard and hunt even harder.
 

elkocd

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Wonder if ODFW even knows no one cares about their draw anymore? I didn't even apply this year. I just want to use my 11 deer points and 4 elk points and be done with that state. Problem is those points are worthless. Considering just letting them go.
 

Togwotee

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11 deer points will get you a tag worth having. a great tag ? no. but one worth hunting.

Oregon has a horribly managed game department and our deer numbers are inexcusable. but we still have some of the best sheep hunting in the world , some good pronghorn and elk hunting. yes it's hard to draw any quality tags but it can be done you just have to put in for the right hunts and accept they'll be few and far between.
 

Switchback00

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Wonder if ODFW even knows no one cares about their draw anymore? I didn't even apply this year. I just want to use my 11 deer points and 4 elk points and be done with that state. Problem is those points are worthless. Considering just letting them go.
Agree wholeheartedly, lifetime Oregon resident and I really could care less about the draw here.
 

Togwotee

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I'm also a lifetime resident and it's not that bad. I'm getting close to 60 now and I remember when the deer hunting was nothing short of fantastic and there were twice as many deer hunters as there are today. I also remember when seeing elk in the Ochoco unit was not a common event. when there were not huntable sheep numbers in very many places and you didn't know many people who'd ever drawn a pronghorn tag. when there was no turkey season in eastern Oregon.

While I agree our hunting sucks compared to some other states it's still worth trying for, with the possible exception of mule deer. but if you want to give up knock yourself out I need better draw odds that's for sure .
 

elkocd

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I'm also a lifetime resident and it's not that bad. I'm getting close to 60 now and I remember when the deer hunting was nothing short of fantastic and there were twice as many deer hunters as there are today. I also remember when seeing elk in the Ochoco unit was not a common event. when there were not huntable sheep numbers in very many places and you didn't know many people who'd ever drawn a pronghorn tag. when there was no turkey season in eastern Oregon.

While I agree our hunting sucks compared to some other states it's still worth trying for, with the possible exception of mule deer. but if you want to give up knock yourself out I need better draw odds that's for sure .
After being an OR resident for 45 years I am now a NR. That's why I'm giving up on it. If I still lived in OR I would hunt it just because it would be cheap and close, but as a NR it's a waste of time.
 

Togwotee

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If you're looking at OR from a NR perspective then yes, walk away it's not worth it.

If you have points already burn them on the best hunt you can get and then walk away. it's a crime how poorly OR treats the NR hunter I wouldn't play that game .
 

elkocd

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If you're looking at OR from a NR perspective then yes, walk away it's not worth it.

If you have points already burn them on the best hunt you can get and then walk away. it's a crime how poorly OR treats the NR hunter I wouldn't play that game .
Yes, that is the plan. I'll do a Hart mt early archery deer hunt just because it's a place I always wanted to hunt. Elk not many options that interest me with 4-6 points. Will probably just let them go. I also have 12 antelope points I will let go. I already antelope hunted twice in OR and will just do WY from now on. I am moving to WY in the next year anyway so it's all kinda moot :)
 

wildfin

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I dont really want to give up on oregon because of the sheep draw and will have 24pts for deer and elk,and the only reason I have those pts is because I usually have a full schedule of tags by the time of the deadline to apply. Oregon is also starting to limit otc tags and it could help maybe. I think I have about 19 pts in the 600 series as well and I am a nr. I never used to worry about buying the lic. because I always was up there for waterfowl,but I dont go up there anymore. Well eventually when I need a hunt I will have my pick of anywhere for deer or elk, and I have my fill of tags this season , so its pt only again, come on sheep .
 

BradA

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I dont really want to give up on oregon because of the sheep draw and will have 24pts for deer and elk,and the only reason I have those pts is because I usually have a full schedule of tags by the time of the deadline to apply. Oregon is also starting to limit otc tags and it could help maybe. I think I have about 19 pts in the 600 series as well and I am a nr. I never used to worry about buying the lic. because I always was up there for waterfowl,but I dont go up there anymore. Well eventually when I need a hunt I will have my pick of anywhere for deer or elk, and I have my fill of tags this season , so its pt only again, come on sheep .
I take it you have been applying for 24 years and haven’t drawn a sheep or mtn goat tag ? I’m in the same mindset as you, I purchase points because I’m hopeful to draw a sheep tag and that’s why I apply in Oregon and only reason I do.
 
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