In early winter I ventured into the snow-covered Oak Savannah area of the eastern Columbia River Gorge. This is a favorite habitat of blacktail deer.
I wasn’t disappointed. Deer tracks were seemingly everywhere, as were deer beds, deer sign and areas where they had been feeding.
As I increased elevation on the east side of Catherine Creek, the snow became deeper. By the time it was 14 inches deep I had gained around 1,600 feet of elevation.
There were no signs of any other hikers, but still plenty of sign of deer and a few coyotes.
My hike was about eight miles in total, taking me close to the northern boundary of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.
And yes, I did spot 10 deer. I’m confident another dozen or so spotted me.
I nice day indeed!