In the state's core blacktail range—the western foothills of the Cascades and the southern and central Coast Range—hunting the edges of logged forest units is productive. But when big bucks sense pressure, they dive into thick cover and go nocturnal. If you want a magnum brush-country blacktail, you have to root him out. Concentrate on the bottoms of brushy draws, thick fern patches, vine maple thickets, and blocks of 12- to 15-year-old regrowth timber.
Oregon's top two units are routinely the hard-to-draw Santiam and McKenzie zones. Regionally speaking, southwest Oregon is home to the best trophy blacktail hunting on the planet. Late-season archery, muzzleloader, and special-draw youth tags generally are easy to draw, and calling and rattling can be productive during the late-fall time frame.