The Pine Creek and Upper John Day Conservation Lands Programs offer limited hunting access to the Conservation Areas, including Pine Creek Conservation Area, the mainstem Forrest Conservation Area in Prairie City, and the Oxbow, Middle Fork Forrest, and Dunstan Conservation areas along the upper Middle Fork John Day River. Because of the limited permits offered for each hunt, a lottery is held to randomly select hunters from among the applications.  Hunters may submit applications starting on June 21st, and all applications must be received by July 31st. Results will be announced on August 3rd.

Check back soon for information about the application process and draw procedures. For specific hunting questions for Oxbow/Forrest/Dunstan, please contact Erik Rook, and for Pine Creek, contact Troy Johnson

STARTING THIS YEAR: hunters wishing to apply for an access permit MUST apply through this website, see Hunting Permits.

For 2020, there is no hunting being allowed on the Willamette Conservation Areas (Red Hills, Little Sweden, and Austin Hot Springs).

See Hunting and Fishing for more information.

Game Unit Permits Hunting Dates
PROPERTY Hunt # SEASON (HUNT #) Allowed Harvest Tribal / Public
OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 2/2 Aug. 29 – Sept. 27
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 14
150 Buck Deer Rifle (150) One buck with visable antler Desolation 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 15
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A 12/12 Oct. 17 – Oct. 25
General Elk Rifle- 2nd season Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) Desolation 1/1 Nov. 7 – Nov. 15
247C One Elk Rifle (247C) One Elk E. Northside 1/1 Nov. 7 – Nov. 16
250X Bull Elk Rifle (250X) One bull elk Desolation 1/1 Oct. 28 – Nov. 1
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X) One bull elk Northside 1/1 Oct. 28 – Nov. 2
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1/1 Nov. 21 – Nov. 29
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 2/2 Aug. 29 – Sept. 27
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 14
150 Buck Deer Rifle (150) One buck with visable antler Desolation 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 15
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A       12/12 Oct. 17 – Oct. 25
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X ) One bull elk Northside 1/1 Oct. 28 – Nov. 2
250X Bull Elk Rifle (250X) One bull elk Desolation 1/1 Oct. 28 – Nov. 1
247C One Elk Rifle (247C ) One Elk E. Northside 1/1 Nov. 7 – Nov. 16
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1/1 Nov. 21 – Nov. 29
DUNSTAN CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 2/2 Aug. 29 – Sept. 27
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 14
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A       12/12 Oct. 17 – Oct. 25
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X ) One bull elk Northside 1/1 Oct. 28 – Nov. 2
247C One Elk Rifle (247C ) One Elk E. Northside 1/1 Nov. 7 – Nov. 16
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1/1 Nov. 21 – Nov. 29
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MAINSTEM PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 2/2 Aug. 29 – Sept. 27
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1/1 Oct. 3 – Oct. 14
247C One Elk Rifle (247C) One Elk Northside 1/1 Nov. 7 – Nov. 16
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1/1 Nov. 21 – Nov. 29
PINE CREEK CONSERVATION AREA General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in either Game Unit E. Biggs 10/10 Aug 24-Sept 22
S. Fossil
145 Fossil Unit No. 1 1 Buck with visible antler S. Fossil 15 / 15 Oct 3 – 14
145A Fossil Unit No. 2 1 Buck with visible antler S. Fossil 2/2 Nov 21 – 29
143A E Biggs 1 Buck with visible antler E. Biggs 5/5 Oct 3 – 14
143C John Day Canyon 1 Buck with visible antler E. Biggs 1/1 Nov 21 – 29
245B1 S. Fossil Private No. 1 1 Bull Elk S. Fossil 10/10 Oct 28 – Nov 1
245X Fossil Unit No. 1 1 Bull Elk Fossil Oct 28 – Nov 1
245B2 S. Fossil Private No. 2 1 Elk S. Fossil 10/10 Nov 7 – 15
245Y Fossil Unit No. 2 1 Bull Elk Fossil Nov 7 – 15
643 Antlerless Deer Rifle: 1 Antlerless Deer E. Biggs 2/2 Oct 17-25
(Tribal permits are reserved for ceremonial hunting)
645 Fossil Unit 1 antlerless deer Fossil 6/6 Oct 17 – 25
Elk Extended Rifle: R.Mt.Elk1st 1 Elk Oct. 23 – Nov. 30; E. Biggs 3/3 Oct 23-Nov. 29*
1  Antlerless Elk Dec. 1-30
245C Fossil Unit 1 Antlerless Elk Fossil 6/6 Nov 21 – 29
245E Fossil Unit Private 1 Antlerless Elk Fossil 6/6 Aug 1 – Nov. 29*
245T Fossil Unit Youth Hunt 1 Antlerless Elk Fossil 6/6 Aug 1-Nov. 29  *does not include the lieu periods between other S. Fossil elk seasons listed above

* – Denotes season access permit ending earlier than ODFW season end date; all big game hunting access on Conservation Areas ends on Nov. 29, 2020.

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