Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

New public hunting opportunities available in central Oregon

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — An agreement between two central Oregon landowners and ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program will provide ‘By-Permission’ public hunting access on a total of 15,000 acres for pronghorn, elk, deer and cougar beginning with the 2012 hunting seasons.

Hunters need to have already drawn the appropriate deer, elk or pronghorn controlled tag to hunt on the property.

Aspen Valley Ranch Hunting Access

30 miles east of Prineville near Post, Maury Unit
8,000 acres on a By-Permission reservation basis
Open during hunting seasons from 2012-2016
Hunt for 2013-2016 archery deer and elk, rifle deer and elk, and cougar. (Area not open for archery deer or elk in 2012 season.)
Also provides access to 480 acres of landlocked public land
Hunters must park in designated areas and walk-in to hunt.  No motorized access is permitted beyond parking area.
Reservations open Monday Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. Contact Meg Eden to reserve (tel. 541-460-2266, calls taken Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

In addition to the public hunting opportunities, a $296,949 grant from the USDA Farm Services Administration will help fund wildlife habitat improvements on the property including developing new water sources, treating invasive plants, constructing wildlife friendly fences, and cutting junipers to enhance native grasses and forbs.

Dixie Meadows Hunting Access

15 miles east of Prineville in Ochoco Unit
7,000 acres on a By-Permission reservation basis
Open during hunting seasons from 2012-2014
Hunt for archery/rifle deer, bull elk and antlerless elk and rifle hunt for pronghorn and cougar. (Not open for pronghorn in the 2012 season.)
Hunters must park in designed areas and walk-in to hunt.  No motorized access is permitted beyond the parking area.
Reservations open Monday Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. Contact Meg Eden to reserve (tel. 541-460-2266, calls taken Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Wildlife habitat will also be improved on the property by removing juniper, restoring riparian and meadow habitats, developing new water sources, and re-surfacing roads that will accommodate hunter parking. A $215,689 grant from the USDA Farm Services Administration is helping to fund the habitat improvement work.

For more information on lands enrolled in the A and H Program, contact (503) 947-6317 for a copy of the A and H Private Lands Hunting Opportunities Packet, which provides access details and contact information for both “Welcome to Hunt” and “By-Permission” properties.

The A and H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The A and H Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses, big game auction and raffle tag sales.

More information about the A and H Program can be found at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH.

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