When most people think of Oregon they think of rain. They’re right. But along with that rain come rivers, streams, lakes and one of the lushest forests in the world. Early settlers were amazed at the size and amount of trees that could be found and quickly established an economy based upon logging which still exists today. In additional aspect of Oregon’s economy that that has developed over time is a focus on brewing and distilling. For any of you hunters that enjoy a cold one, especially after a full day of hunting, this is a state you have to experience.
This state is ranked the 9th largest in the United States in land area. 31 counties overlay a massive 98,381 square miles. Also, this state is not limited at all with its game. A huge total of 156 species reside in this state; there is a lot of hunting to be done in this state.
The Pacific Ocean influences Oregon’s western region’s climate. The state’s overall climate is moderate. Some areas in the state can have times of extreme cold and hot weather. Western Oregon is usually mild and moist, and the deserts of eastern and central of the state are drier. The state’s highest temperature was a blistering 119 °F (48 °C) on August 10, 1898 near Pendelton, and the lowest temperature was -54 °F (-48 °C) on February 10, 1933 near Seneca.
When it comes to terrain, Oregon is nearly unparalleled. It consists of mountain ranges, waterfalls, evergreen forests, deserts, pine trees, juniper forests, scrublands, meadows, and prairies. One of the largest rivers in the country, the Columbian, can also be found here. On a larger scale the easiest way to know what type of terrain you’re heading into is west = wet, east = dry. However, all regions of the state are equal in the opportunity to hunt tons of animals, and in some cases species that can only be found in the Pacific Northwest.
The state’s highest elevation point is Mount Hood. Its elevation reaches 11,249 feet above sea level, and it is located southeast of Portland. The point borders both Hood River and Clackamas counties. The lowest point is located on the Pacific Ocean at even sea level.
Give Oregon a chance and you won’t be disappointed because even if you turn up empty on your hunt (which can be hard to do) you’ll see some of the prettiest nature scenes and be able to find some of the tastiest brews this country has to offer.