Oregon national Forest elk

Three Dogs

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Hey there. My son drew a cow elk tag for Santiam. We have until about the end of March I believe. I cannot quite remember the rules about antlers and national Forest land.

I scoured the regulations but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I believe national Forest land is three-point or better for elk? I’m just trying to confirm whether this is the case. And if it would apply if you pull a cow tag.

Thanks in advance, and when I’m sitting at a better keyboard I will do a new member intro.
 

Three Dogs

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Cow tag is for cow only, you cannot shoot a bull of any size.
I understand that. What I have heard is that national forest has different rules for hunting elk versus private land: Such as if you do have a tag there is a minimum number of antlers points the elk has to have. So my question is does this rule negate the ability to hunt cow elk on national Forest land in Oregon.
 

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I find it odd that anyone would even put in for a tag without knowing the rules in advance???

but that's just me. good luck to your son!
 

Three Dogs

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What tag does he have? There are a lot of different tags with different rules. Is it a youth tag?
You're right. I finally called ODFW. It's just a rule specific to certain tags. Doesn't apply to my son's tag. For example, muzzle loader elk 200 series Cascades: One elk outside all USFS lands. One bull inside all USFS lands. So we're good to go for a cow inside all of the Santiam unit with our tag.
 
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ore hunter

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a whole bunch of santiam burnt big time this fall,,1 million + acres,,tons of area is still closed,,good luck
 

Three Dogs

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a whole bunch of santiam burnt big time this fall,,1 million + acres,,tons of area is still closed,,good luck
True that. We have a walk in Weyerhaeuser permit. But that doesn’t really get very far to finding a herd of elk.

i’m thinking of hitting up some private property owners where I have seen some herds. Never done that before, kind of awkward.

This could be the last hunt in a long time with my son. He’s joining the Marines in the spring.
 

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Depending on when the burn happened and if you can hunt the fringes of it that is right where I would be.
 
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I would be looking for elk tracks in the snow. I used to hunt for cow elk back when it was a secondary archery hunt if you didn’t kill a bull in September. I hunted Marion forks area and usually found elk pretty close to the Hwy.(none of that burned last summer) I haven’t hunted there since ODFW made it a draw hunt roughly 15 years ago so take it for what it’s worth.
 
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ore hunter

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a while back,,year or 2 ago, i seen a herd off of 211 and dohoogie rd between colton and meadow brook on pvt right on north end of santiam unit if that helps any.
 
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I had to drive to the valley this morning. I drove up the road a few miles where I used to find elk and I’ll be damn, I saw a cow and a calf.
 
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