May 2018 Issue – By
Leighann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant
Subscriber George Straw (11095) reports this month on his Columbia blacktail hunt in Oregon with Fins and Feathers Guide Service (541-974-6567; www.finsandfeathersguides.com). Straw and his wife drove from Denver, CO, to Roseburg, OR, for the hunt. Blacktail licenses for this area are available over the counter, so Straw did not have to draw a tag.
Straw booked his 2017 hunt at the 2015 SCI convention in Las Vegas. “We were to arrive on the afternoon of Oct. 25 and hunt the next three days,” he says. “We arrived at their lodge about 3 p.m. and were met by both Craig and Becky, owners of Fins and Feathers. They suggested we get settled in and that I take my rifle to check if it was sighted.”
Straw was informed that Becky was to be his guide, and she suggested they drive the property after sighting the rifle. Fifteen minutes into the drive, a “beautiful 3×3 with brow tines” jumped across the road and stopped 100 yards uphill in thick cover. Becky advised that he was a shooter. Straw says, “I could see his head, neck and shoulder—bang. The hunt was over in 15 minutes.”
Straw spent the next two days helping spot for the other two hunters in camp then drove home. While spotting for others, Straw says they used vehicles and hiked to get around the property. Straw reports seeing lots of does and a couple of shooter bucks. “I advise anybody wanting a Columbia blacktail deer to book with them,” he says.
Fins and Feathers offers hunts for Rio Grande turkey, Columbia whitetail and Columbia blacktail. It also offers fishing opportunities for king salmon and sturgeon. Fins and Feathers Guide Service manages over 25,000 acres for turkey and 10,000 acres for deer and takes only six hunters per year for Columbia blacktail. Rates for Columbia blacktail are listed between $3,150 and $6,500 on its website.