We lived in the Rogue Valley for 19 years. Applegate and Eagle Point so JoCo and Jackson county are very familiar to me. I appreciate your comments and approach. I was fortunate enough to hang around a couple of mature gentlemen that were still getting out there well into their 80s. Vern Struble up in Corvallis and Don Pritchett (DewClaw Archery) who is STILL archery elk hunting in his 80s. I admire them.Long story short, born and raised in Oregon. Had some good hunting almost exclusively n the Southern Oregon Foothills. (called mountains in OK.).
First deer 1964-Oregon Blacktail, Jackson County.
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Last Oregon Blacktail-1986, Josephine County.
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Left Oregon for my career, ended up in Oklahoma in 2014-widower chasing a Okie Widow. She caught me. Lately age and infirmity dictated a change in hunting style for me. All my life I worked hard, played hard and accumulated back, shoulder, knee and heart injuries. For me getting down and up from the ground is difficult. I have adapted my hunting style here in Oklahoma to paying outfitters.
I Don't particularly care for sitting in a deer stand. But having a younger than me guide doing all the work, taking care of my deer sure is nice. I do miss the walking around and the exercise. They say you are only as old as you feel. If I were 63 I would be looking for a lease and all the work that is involved in that. But I am 73 and some days I even feel older. I do not think I could do it now. But I am still hunting
Good luck with your quest to hunt OK deer.