The Pine Creek and Upper John Day Conservation Lands Programs offer limited public 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 July 12th, and all applications must be received by August 6th. Results will be announced by August 13th, 2021. Hunters wishing to apply for an access permit MUST apply through this website, see Hunting Permits.

As we limit hunting to control numbers and maintain a quality hunt, we perform a draw of the applications submitted. The website will have you register an account, you will submit your ODFW tag information, contact information and select your hunts. After August 6th, we process the applications and randomly draw from the applications received for each hunt. All hunters will be contacted by email about the outcome of the draw. For specific hunting questions for Oxbow/Forrest/Dunstan, please contact Erik Rook, and for Pine Creek, contact Tim BemroseFor 2021, there is no hunting access allowed on the Willamette Conservation Areas (Red Hills, Little Sweden, and Austin Hot Springs).

Currently, the Conservation Areas are open for Day-Use only. Overnight Camping at Pine Creek is NOT ALLOWED at this time, but check back as this evolving situation. We are hoping that all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted by fall hunting season. If we do reopen for overnight use, successful hunters who get access permits will get first access to campground reservations. Tribal Member Hunting is managed by a separate website through the Reservation.

See Hunting and Fishing for more information.

Game Unit Access Permits Hunting Dates
PROPERTY Hunt # SEASON (HUNT #) Allowed Harvest  Public
OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Bow (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
150 Buck Deer Bow (150) One buck with visable antler Desolation 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
150 Buck Deer Rifle (150) One buck with visable antler Desolation 1 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A 12 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
General Elk Rifle- 2nd season Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed deer and elk harvest in Game Unit(s) Desolation 1 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
247C One Elk Rifle (247C) One Elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
250X Bull Elk Rifle (250X) One bull elk Desolation 1 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X) One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 27 – Oct. 31
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Bow (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A 12 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X ) One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 27 – Oct. 31
247C One Elk Rifle (247C ) One Elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
DUNSTAN CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Bow (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
647B One Antlerless White-tailed Deer (647B) One antlerless white tail deer N/A 12 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
247X Bull Elk Rifle (247X ) One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 27 – Oct. 31
247C One Elk Rifle (247C ) One Elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MAINSTEM PARCEL General Bow Refer to ODFW regulations for allowed elk harvest in Game Unit(s) N/A 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Bow (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
147 Buck Deer Rifle (147) One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
247C One Elk Rifle (247C) One Elk Northside 1 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
247 Antlerless Elk Rifle (247) One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
Pine Creek Conservation Area General Bow One Elk S. Fossil & E. Biggs 10 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
144R Columbia Plateau Bow 1 Buck with visible antler Columbia Plateau (E. Biggs) 3 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
145R Fossil Unit Bow 1 Buck with visible antler Fossil 7 Aug. 28 – Sept. 26
145 Fossil Unit No. 1 1 Buck with visible antler S. Fossil 15 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
143A E Biggs 1 Buck with visible antler E. Biggs 5 Oct. 2 – Oct. 13
145A Fossil Unit No. 2 1 Buck with visible antler Fossil 1 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
245B1 S. Fossil Private No. 1 1 Bull Elk S. Fossil 8 Oct. 27 – Oct. 31
245X Fossil Unit No. 1 1 Bull Elk Fossil Oct. 27 – Oct. 31
245B2 S. Fossil Private No. 2 1 Elk S. Fossil 10 Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
245Y Fossil Unit No. 2 1 Bull Elk Fossil Nov. 6 – Nov. 14
643 Biggs Unit Private 1 Antlerless Deer E. Biggs 2 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
645 Fossil Unit 1 antlerless deer Fossil 6 Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
245C Fossil Unit 1 Antlerless Elk Fossil 6 Nov. 20 – Nov. 28
245T Fossil Unit Youth Hunt 1 Antlerless Elk Fossil 6 Aug 1-Nov 30*
244 Columbia Plateau 1 Elk Columbia Plateau (E. Biggs) 3 Oct. 27 – Nov.30*
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