So in my teens and early twenties I did a decent amount of hunting but fell off due to the circumstances. All my hunting experience is in the Southeast and consisted mainly of hunting on my own property.I am looking to get back into hunting and wanted to get just a little info moving forward. I am probably going to start out with ducks & deer here on the west side. So far I have read all the regulations at the ODFW site and have a few questions. Public land- it appears that most of the State Forest, BLM, & US Forest Service can be hunted unless it is posted; however, I just wanted to make sure that is accurate. I was looking last night at the Tillamook State Forest but when I clicked on the hunting link it just sent my over to the ODFW site which didn't specify anything about Tillamook. When on public land do you just find a place to park and walk in? If I wanted to scout the area prior to hunting would I be able to carry a rifle? How is the deer population on the public lands? Gun- I have always hunted with a 30-30 which would be good for deer but unfortunately my 30-30 seems to have been appropriated by my step-father during a divorce so I am looking for a new gun. I would eventually like to get into elk so I am looking at getting a 30.06 which I believe would be sufficient for elk as well. Any thoughts on the 30.06 for both deer and elk? Thanks for your help.