Hunter Review On Columbia Whitetail Deer With SDA Outfitters


Published: June - 2011

Columbia whitetail deer just came off the Endangered Species List in 2003 and is available for hunting only in Oregon. We have a total of three hunt reports in the database (IDs 5124, 5044 and 7488) on this subspecies, and three articles (IDs 1477, 1454 and 1572). So, we took special note when subscriber W. Laird Hamberlin filed a report on this species with an outfitter we've never covered before. Hamberlin hunted Columbia whitetail deer near Roseburg, with SDA Outfitters (www.sdaoutfittersllc.com; 514-460-9703). Hamberlin learned of the outfitter from Brian Box of Outdoor Pursuit (800-487-0045; www.theoutdoorpursuit.com). He told Box he was looking for a hunt to coincide with a business trip. Box suggested he contact SDA about hunting this unique trophy. Hamberlin is pursuing the SCI world hunting award and felt this trophy would be a good addition to his collection. There are only 18 entries in the SCI record book for Columbia whitetail deer, and Hamberlin's is the new number six at 118 2/8 SCI.

SDA Outfitters specializes in Columbia whitetails. They also hunt Columbia blacktails, black bear and Roosevelt elk. SDA co-owner Kevin Anderson was Hamberlin's guide. Hamberlin says Anderson was waiting for him at the airport in Eugene, and had all the tags sorted out prior to his arrival. Hamberlin gave Anderson excellent marks for his attention to detail and willingness to adapt the hunt to Hamberlin's preferences. He says that while hunters can use an ATV on this hunt, he chose to hunt primarily on foot, using the ATV only to go from one ridge to the next.

Hamberlin recommends good spotting optics for the hunt. His shot was less than 100 yards, but he says, shot opportunities could be up to 300 yards.

Accommodations were in a comfortable lodge house with "fantastic" food. "No white glove porters like I've experienced in Africa," says Hamberlin, "but not a tent in Alaska, either." Tags for this hunt are landowner preference tags. SDA has access to more than 20,000 acres of private land. Hamberlin says this is a great area to hunt, and........(continued)

 
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