Steens deer

6chukar

Member
Anyone have a positive experience in the Steens in the last couple of years? I can’t wait to get up there and start poking around. Looks like badass country.
 

ricochet

Member
I spend a lot of time in the Steens in November photographing mule deer so I see the best there is in the area. The gene pool is capable of producing some hogs but the overall numbers suck. Even the local game wardens couldn't find a decent buck to shoot last year, I'm told. But if you wear out some tires and lots of boot leather you may find something special.
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snowsheep

Member
Hoping to see some positive feedback from you guys between your scouting and hunt. I am sitting on 19 points and held out this year.....planning on burning them on this hunt at some point.
 

6chukar

Member
Awesome pics! I will have 4 days to scout and the entire season to hunt. I burned 13 points NR. Looking forward to seeing the country.
 
Send me a PM when you starting to scout. We had three tags there last year....and i would hunt it totally different than I did then. My nephew has the tag this year
 

bullskin

Active Member
Consider how best to avoid the gaggle of geeks before you arrive. Every millennial in Seattle is camped on or near the mountain, with adventure vans parked in every wide spot along the road. If what I observed on the Pueblos is any indication, the deer are lying very low.
 
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ricochet

Member
Get a map that shows private land and assume that any "road" that enters private will be locked. Not always the case but you can waste a lot of time bouncing off of locked gates trying to reach an area of public land.
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ricochet

Member
Consider how best to avoid the gaggle of geeks before you arrive. Every millennial in Seattle is camped on or near the mountain, with adventure vans parked in every wide spot along the road. If what I observed on the Pueblos is any indication, the deer are lying very low.
Amen to that. That country attracts crazies. Was up there in June two years ago and at the top of Steens Mountain, right before you get to the radio towers, someone had packed their camp right up to the very edge and set up a cabin tent. I believe they have clocked winds up there in excess of 100 mph, and these geniuses put their tent within 40-50 feet of a 4000+ ft. drop. o_O Darwin still has work to do.
 

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