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question about elk hunting in OR

Hi, all –

I've never hunted in OR but may have a chance to do so this fall. What are the laws regarding hunting elk on private land? Do you need to enter a lottery/raffle just like hunting in public land? If so, what are the prospects like?

Thanks for any information.

mz

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Location: Klamath Falls, OR
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question about elk hunting in OR

Oregon has two types of elk seasons - General and Controlled. Controlled hunts are on a lottery draw - some easy to draw, others requiring lots of preference points. There are six different General seasons that are over-the-counter purchases. The same arrangement applies to bow seasons - General and Controlled. Specific dates for these General seasons are posted on the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife web site.

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question about elk hunting in OR

For the limited hunts, Most years the applications ahve to be in by May 15th. (i think they extend it a little this year because the system went down.

If you have access to Private land, the landowners often have tags available through the Land owner preference program. If not, you are back to applying or hunting a general tag. are you looking at Archery or Rifle?

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question about elk hunting in OR

This would be a rifle hunt. It's kind of a long shot (so to speak)...a new friend of mine, has a friend in OR with a fair amount of land and a herd of ~30 elk that run through it. We were hoping to hunt on this land, but don't know the legal ins and outs of OR. If it has to be planned well in advance, we're probably in "wait til next year" mode.

Thanks for the information.

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Location: Bend, Oregon
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question about elk hunting in OR

Depends on which side of the state and how much land they have. Basically anything eastside of mountains, you have to apply for or have LOP tags. I think the Assignability of LOP tags depends on how much acreage you own.

You can get an LOP tag with 40 acres but for some reason i think you cant assign unless its 160.

Of course then you have to talk the landowner into giving up one to you.

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question about elk hunting in OR

I hunted an over the counter rifle season near Diamond Lake a few years back, on public property. Saw some elk, just never any with bone on their heads....

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Location: Portland, Oregon
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question about elk hunting in OR

Just to let you know Oregon has very different climates so where you hunt can mean a lot. The Coast Range on the west has Roosevelt Elk which are bigger than the Rocky Mountain Elk found east of the Cascade Range. Hunting on the eastern units are all controlled tags and the coast and cascade units have general season tags. Eastern units are generally more open in regards to trees and underbrush with a drier climate while the west units are in a rainforest and generally mountainous terrain with heavy brush unless it has been recently logged. Douglas firs grow about a foot a year and the reprod areas can get real dense. Eastern units can be flat or mountainous, ranging from sagebrush plains to Pine and Tamarack forests.

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question about elk hunting in OR

This is all good information...thanks.

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Location: OREGON(homestate)Mississippi(duty station)
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question about elk hunting in OR

what unit in oregon do you plan on hunting?
if you dont know then around what town?
i may be able to point u in a good direction.

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question about elk hunting in OR

I hope to have much more information very soon. When I do, I'll post it. Thanks very much for your help.

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Location: OREGON(homestate)Mississippi(duty station)
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question about elk hunting in OR

ok no problem....im from oregon and have no problem trying to help u out.... if u dont want it to be public where ur hunting then just pm me.

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