We hunted deer every year for 20 years just east of Burns, starting in the late 50's. We always kept track of our deer sightings. We NEVER saw fewer than 125 deer every day of season. We ALWAYS limited out - EVERY year. In the late 70's we moved our hunt because we sighted fewer than 4 deer per day, and often saw NO bucks the whole season - we put up with this for 3 years before giving it up. While there, we noticed more selective logging (you could see 150 yards from most roads), and more forested land fenced and populated with bovines (leased to farmers). We guessed that the locals kept their freezers stocked with venison year-round, following the fact that you could see every deer within 150 yards of most roads, and that the really smart deer stayed further back in the woods, and were more wary of all the activity in their domain. So now the ODFW introduces an invasive species in order to decimate the rest of our wildlife. What we need is hunters and fishermen hired to run our ODFW (instead of dreamy college graduates), and an open season on non-native species - no tags, no limits. And strict limits on populations of bears and cougars. And I don't mean PAYING government hunters to do the hunting for us.