Mike here. I've lived in Oregon since 1964, Springfield since 1969. I'm an avid target shooter, big game hunter, reloader, but I'm fairly new to varmint hunting. Have been hunting, camping since childhood. I don't fish anymore except deep sea trips. Too many stupid rules and regulations took the fun out of it for me. Maybe when I retire I'll look into taking it up again.
Tried varmint hunting unsuccessfully about 10 years ago, but I really didn't know what I was doing for the most part and didn't have the proper equipment. It’s a little bit different set of skills than other types of hunting. Now I know what to do, have the proper equipment and I have access to over 100,000 acres of timberland. Time to see what we can do to help the deer and elk population.
I have a longtime friend who purchased about 150 acres (and has access to a couple hundred more) just north of Klamath Falls. He also loves to shoot and wants to try for some coyotes as they are thick over east.
I do most of my own repair work, modifications, etc. and used to work at a couple of gun shops in the area doing minor repairs. Was also for a couple years one of the guys who worked at a well know “outfitter” in the Gun Library. Terrible job, but some of the firearms that came through that place were incredible.
I hope to continue to learn and get proficient at varmint hunting that’s why I’m here. Nothing like living vicariously through other people’s experiences and learning from them, good and bad.