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tttoadman
11-16-2012, 03:10 PM
Our plan came right together. My Brother and I finally got a Steens tag. I decided years ago it was time to go after some big high desert bucks while we still get around pretty good. We were fortunate enough to find these guys together on opening day about a mile from where we saw them in August. Great time!! Great hunt!! The 18 hours to pack out just added to the adventure. The Steens unit in Oregon isn't getting great reviews lately, so we feel really fortunate to find these big mature bucks on a public land hunt.

sjsmallfield
11-16-2012, 04:23 PM
Congrats on a couple nice bucks! Looks like really beautiful country.

tttoadman
11-16-2012, 04:50 PM
It was a wild experience. It was great for both of us to get a personal best on the same trip. The bar is raised now. I spent many hours with David Long's book, and we spent about 50-60 hrs on the hoof scouting. I found that I already had alot of the super light equipment that he uses along with some of his tactics. It sure got us a little more confident going in. We went in with enough food and supplies on our backs for 10 days. I think it brought us good karma. Funny that we turned around and packed it all back out in one day. You have to laugh at what we do to ourselves sometimes.

NDHunter
11-16-2012, 08:27 PM
Wow those are 2 awesome bucks. Congrats!

jenbickel
11-16-2012, 09:44 PM
Those are two definitely awesome bucks! Congrats! It looks like the scenery might not have been too bad either?! :)

RUTTIN
11-16-2012, 09:54 PM
Nice bucks, you earned them!

tttoadman
11-17-2012, 12:20 AM
I live for the scenery. I carry my 5ls of camera with everywhere I go. I think I might go back in a few weeks for a nice winter hike.

bullelk
11-17-2012, 09:14 AM
Congratulations on your trophies. That country looks like perfect mule deer habitat.

tttoadman
11-17-2012, 09:41 AM
about 8800 ft. lots of bitter and mahogany just like it should be. Oregon is working hard to push back the juniper and try to restore the bitterbrush. I don't know if they could ever get rid of the invasive grasses, but all the efforts people are making including th large ranch owners are pretty cool.

Drhorsepower
11-17-2012, 10:12 AM
Great bucks and scenery..... Can you post more pics of scenery?

schoff
11-18-2012, 08:20 AM
Nice bucks, congrats guys!

florida boy
11-19-2012, 08:00 PM
nice bucks, looks like they have good mass

Timberstalker
11-20-2012, 01:19 PM
Very nice Oregon bucks! Congrats to both of you.

tttoadman
11-20-2012, 01:20 PM
nice bucks, looks like they have good mass

I almost passed up the really heavy one because he is a little narrow. sure glad i took a better look.

tttoadman
11-20-2012, 01:24 PM
Very nice Oregon bucks! Congrats to both of you.

Thanks. I figure there is enough I haven't seen in Oregon, I don't need to go out of state to hunt quite yet. We are already getting data to find our next spot. My brother wants to find a little more mix of timber. I had to talk him into going with me to the "desert", and now he is glad he did.

tttoadman
11-20-2012, 01:34 PM
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Great bucks and scenery..... Can you post more pics of scenery?

here is just a few from the scouting effort.472347244725

Eberle
11-20-2012, 01:47 PM
Congrats two nice bucks!