Hunters Can Access 33,000 New Acres of Private Land in Eastern Oregon

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ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program has made cooperative agreements with six landowners to open another 33,233 acres of private lands in eastern Oregon to public hunting access.

Hunting opportunities available include deer, elk, pronghorn, upland game birds, and predators on private land in Baker, Grant, Harney, Morrow and Wheeler and Harney counties. The public access period varies by property. Additional information and the location of the properties can be found at OregonHuntingMap.com  

Daly Ranch Access Area (Columbia Basin Unit, Morrow County)

  • 3,500 acres on By-Permission reservation basis
  • Open Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2011
  • Hunt for mule deer, pheasant, chukar, gray partridge, valley quail, and predators
  • Part of the Columbia Basin Open Fields Program
  • Call Travis Schultz, ODFW Heppner Field Office, (541) 224-3182 to arrange permission to hunt this property

Dutch Flat Ranch Access Area (Fossil Unit, Wheeler County)

  • 9,246 acres for up to four parties per day on a By-Permission reservation basis
  • Open now through Jan. 31, 2012
  • Also opens 2,500 acres of public lands previously landlocked by private property
  • Hunt for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, wild turkey, chukar, pheasant, mountain quail, and predators

Fox Valley Access Area (Northside Unit, Grant County)

  • 1,355 acres on a Welcome to Hunt basis (no other permission needed)
  • Open Aug. 1-Jan. 31 from 2011 to 2014
  • Hunt for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, wild turkey, upland game birds, and predators
  • See www.oregonhuntingmap.com or call ODFW John Day Field Office, (541) 575-1167 for more information

Iron Mountain Access Area (Lookout Mtn Unit, Baker County)

  • 3,342 acres on a Welcome to Hunt basis (no other permission needed)
  • Access to another 4,215 acres of previously inaccessible public land landlocked by private lands
  • Hunt for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, upland game birds, and predators
  • Open from Aug. 1-Jan. 31 from 2011 to 2015
  • See www.oregonhuntingmap.com or call ODFW Baker City Field Office, (541) 523-5832 for more information

M.R. King Ranches (Lookout Mtn and Sumpter Units, Baker County)

  • 3,835 acres on a Welcome to Hunt basis (no other permission needed) in units where access to public lands can be difficult
  • Open Aug. 1-Jan. 31 from 2011 to 2013
  • Hunt for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, bear, upland birds, and predators
  • See www.oregonhuntingmap.com or call ODFW Baker City Field Office, (541) 523-5832 for more information

Pine Creek Ranch (Malheur River Unit, Harney County)

  • 12,105 acres on a Welcome to Hunt basis (no other permission needed)
  • Open Aug. 1-March 1 from 2011 to 2015
  • Hunt for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, predators, sage grouse and other upland game birds
  • See www.oregonhuntingmap.com or call ODFW Hines District Office, (541) 573-6582 for more information

The Access and Habitat Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and by deer and elk auction proceeds.  Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state. For information on the A&H Program call program coordinator Matt Keenan at 503-947-6087 or visit the Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/

The A&H Program also oversees and administers the Oregon Open Fields Program, a federally-funded grant to expand hunting opportunities on private lands in Oregon.  For more information on Oregon Open Fields, visit www.OregonOpenFields.com

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Retired2hunt's picture

  Okay numbnutz this sounds

 

Okay numbnutz this sounds like a perfect opportunity for you to access some additional private property and have some hunting opportunities that are better than some other private lands.  We have the same thing here in Colorado but it is called "big game access" property and you have to purchase a $40 permit to hunt on any of these lands within the state.  Anyhow - good luck on your deer hunt here shortly as well as helping your Dad with his elk hunt afterwards.  We all look forward to the stories afterwards.

 

numbnutz's picture

I love this program. It has

I love this program. It has opened up some great hunting oppertunities for us Oregon hunters. I'll have to see how many acres of private land it has opened up for us but it has been a lot for sure. This is the 4-5th story I've seen this year on private land being opened up with this program. The land owners get paid from a small surcharge when we buy our licences and the hunters get acess to great private lands. It's a win win situation.

CA_ I do hunt in eastern Oregon and some of these properties are near where I hunt. I have never hunted the Columbia basin due to all the private land and it's hard to get permission. I might have to look into some of these oppertunies now. There are some very nice mule deer in the basin. I'm planning on a new area next year and atleast one of these new properties is in the unit I was looking at. The unit is only 23% public land so if I can hunt on private land that would be great. I also have a buddy who owns 6,000 acres in this unit as well. Some of the bigger bulls from Oregon taken in the past 10 years are coming from this unit so I'll have to get this figured out.

SGM's picture

That is great news and a

That is great news and a great program. Several states have a similar program and it only helps the hunters and it sure does not hurt the land owner. Good going Oregon and hope they can add more lands to hunt soon.   

hunter25's picture

I love to see tehse programs

I love to see tehse programs expand and new hunting areas open up. I haven't really used any of the one we have here in Colorado but have made extensive use of similar programs in Wyoming on my antelope hunts. 33,000 acres is a lot of land and since it's all new it could be some really great hunting for awhile. Good luck to anyone who lives close enough to get a first crack at exploring all this new property.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, in a day when land is

Wow, in a day when land is being closed to hutning left and right, it's great to see land being opened up for the purpose of hunting.  Looks like some Oregon hunters are going to be happy this year.  Sounds like a great opportunity.

Hey Numb, does this pertain to you?  You anywhere close to these units, or at least close enough to hunt?