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. Access permits are limited to provide a quality hunting experience. Hunters may submit applications starting on June 21st, and all applications must be received by July 11th. A lottery is held to randomly select hunters from among the applications. Results will be announced by July 14th, 2022. Hunters wishing to apply for an access permit MUST apply through this website, see Hunting Permits.

All hunters will be contacted by email about the outcome of the draw. For specific hunting questions for Oxbow/Forrest/Dunstan, please contact Jesse Bryan, and for Pine Creek, contact Tim Bemrose.

For 2022, there is no hunting access allowed on the Red Hills, Little Sweden, or Austin Hot Springs Conservation Areas.

Overnight Camping at Pine Creek has been REOPENED!! A reservation system is being set up in the coming weeks. The Campground reservation system will be on-hold for the hunting season dates until after we announce results of the big game lottery, and a date and time will be announced with the results of hunting success of when the reservation system is available. Starting this year, camping is $12.00 per night, which will support improvements to the campground. Road gravel and a new toilet are some of the recent improvements.

Tribal Member Hunting is managed by a separate website through the Reservation.

See Hunting and Fishing for more information.

PROPERTY Hunt # ODFW Hunt Name Allowed Harvest Game Unit Access Permits Hunting Dates
OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA 147R Northside Unit Bow – Deer One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
150R Desolation Unit Bow – Deer One buck with visable antler Desolation 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
247R Northside Unit Bow – Elk One elk Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
250R1 Desolation Unit Bow – Elk One bull elk Desolation 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
147 Northside Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
150 Desolation Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Desolation 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
647B Middle Fork John Day – Antlerless One antlerless white tail deer Special 12 Oct. 15 – Oct. 23
250X Desolation Unit – Elk Rifle One bull elk Desolation 1 Oct. 26 – Oct. 30
247X Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 26 – Oct. 30
General E. OR Rocky Mtn. Elk Rifle- 2nd season One spike elk Desolation 1 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
247C E. Northside – Elk Rifle One elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
247 Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL 147R Northside Unit Bow – Deer One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
247R Northside Unit Bow One elk Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
147 Northside Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
647B Middle Fork John Day – Antlerless One antlerless white tail deer Special 12 Oct. 15 – Oct. 23
247X Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 26 – Oct. 30
247C E. Northside – Elk Rifle One elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
247 Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
DUNSTAN CONSERVATION AREA MIDDLE FORK PARCEL 147R Northside Unit Bow – Deer One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
247R Northside Unit Bow One elk Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
250R1 Desolation Unit Bow One bull elk Desolation 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
147 Northside Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
150 Desolation Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Desolation 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
647B Middle Fork John Day – Antlerless One antlerless white tail deer Special 12 Oct. 15 – Oct. 23
247X Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One bull elk Northside 1 Oct. 26 – Oct. 30
250X Desolation Unit – Elk Rifle One bull elk Desolation 1 Oct. 26 – Oct. 30
247C E. Northside – Elk Rifle One elk E. Northside 1 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
247 Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
FORREST CONSERVATION AREA MAINSTEM PARCEL 147R Northside Unit Bow – Deer One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
247R Northside Unit Bow One elk Northside 1 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
147 Northside Unit Buck Deer rifle One buck with visable antler Northside 1 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
247C E. Northside – Elk Rifle One elk Northside 1 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
247 Northside Unit – Elk Rifle One antlerless elk Northside 1 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Pine Creek Conservation Area 144R Columbia Plateau Bow – Deer One buck with visible antler Columbia Plateau (E. Biggs) 3 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
145R Fossil Unit Bow -Deer One buck with visible antler Fossil 7 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
General Bow Elk – Fossil/ Biggs One elk Fossil/ Biggs 10 Aug. 27 – Sept. 25
145 Fossil Unit No. 1 – Deer One buck with visible antler S. Fossil 15 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
143A E Biggs – Deer One buck with visible antler E. Biggs 5 Oct. 1 – Oct. 12
643 Biggs Unit Private One antlerless deer E. Biggs 2 Oct. 15 – Oct. 23
645 Fossil Unit Private One antlerless deer Fossil 6 Oct. 15 – Oct. 23
245B1 S. Fossil Private No. 1 – Elk One bull elk S. Fossil 8 Oct. 26- Oct. 30
245X Fossil Unit No. 1 – Elk One bull elk Fossil Oct. 26- Oct. 30
244 Columbia Plateau* One elk Columbia Plateau (E. Biggs) 3 Oct. 26- Nov.30*
245B2 S. Fossil Private No. 2 One elk S. Fossil 10 Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
245Y Fossil Unit No. 2 One bull elk Fossil Nov. 5 – Nov. 13
145A Fossil Unit No. 2 – Deer One buck with visible antler Fossil 1 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
245C Fossil Unit One antlerless elk Fossil 6 Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
245T Fossil Unit Youth Hunt One antlerless elk Fossil 6 Aug 27* – Nov 30*
* – adjusted from ODFW dates
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