OREGON

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Top mule deer units are in the northeast, with the Sled Springs, Snake River and Chesnimnus all posting better than 50 percent success. The highly-sought-after Trout Creek and Steens Mountain units produce big bucks. Look for the blacktail harvest to be down from last year's take of 21,250, mainly due to habitat changes and disease outbreaks. The mule deer harvest should match last year's 29,000 or be slightly decreased due to a 4 percent reduction in tags. For whitetails, the units to draw are north and east of Pendleton and LaGrande. (See sidebar for blacktail hotspots.) Contact: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (503-872-5268; www. dfw.state.or.us).