With all of his hunters packing for home, Western Montana guide Jerry Shively of Flatiron Outfitters set out to end the season by putting venison in his own freezer. He jumped a small buck out of his bed on Friday morning, but the three-pointer stopped in a fir thicket. "After two short blasts on my old M.A.D. Snort Wheeze, he stuck his neck out to see where his competition was. "End of fun; time for the work," he reported from the scene.
Oregon:** Jim Johnson said the bucks that have been frequenting his property near Roseburg have departed to be with does. DeWaine Jackson, Oregon Fish and Wildlife whitetail specialist confirmed that "white-tailed bucks are tending" does." Department staff spotlight surveys indicate that "nearly all groups of does have a buck with them," he said.
Washington:** With the general deer seasons closed, whitetails are easy to find in the new-fallen snow on the east side of the state. And where I find does, I find bucks. I spotted an alert doe 50 yards ahead while hiking up a closed road on Saturday afternoon. The doe immediately dashed across the road. A nice five point buck -- he didn't give me so much as a glance -- was on the doe's tail as though a 10-foot tow chain were connected from her loins to the buck's nose.