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Oregon Elk Hunting 2024

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Oregon has two species of elk – Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain. Roosevelt elk occupy most of Western Oregon, with concentrations in the Cascade and Coast ranges. Rocky Mountain elk inhabit most of the central to eastern part of the state.

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Oregon manages for opportunity for most of the state, but they have a couple of trophy units available for both species. Due to the limited number of trophy units and the fact that they only give nonresidents applying in the draw 2.5% of the elk tags, you can see why it can take more than two decades to draw one of the trophy Rocky Mountain elk units in the state. The top three Rocky Mountain elk areas are Wenaha, Walla Walla, and Mt. Emily. All three of these units are going to take 25+ points to draw for either archery or rifle.


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If you are sitting on around 6-14 points, you may want to look more at Sled Springs, Snake River, and Ochoco. There are not a lot of options in Oregon for the trophy hunter who is not already sitting on a lot of elk points.

For over-the-counter Rocky Mountain elk areas, one unit that still offers over-the-counter archery hunts with good trophy quality is Lookout Mtn. This unit is a mix of public and private land. There are also a few elk spread throughout the southeast units, which are still over-the-counter archery units. You can expect super low densities of elk in the Steens, Whitehorse, and Owyhee units. The archery season will run August 31-September 29 for 2024. The trophy Roosevelt elk hunts don’t require as many points to draw. The best Roosevelt elk rifle hunts typically take 14+ points to draw, with some other rifle hunts taking 2-10 points. The Powers unit is the only limited-entry archery Roosevelt elk hunt in the state, and it usually takes around 14 points to draw, but in 2023, an archery hunter burned 22 points on it.

Oregon has some of the best archery Roosevelt elk hunting in the West. All of the Roosevelt units are over-the-counter, except the Powers unit. The best units for over-the-counter archery hunting are Sixes, Tioga, Chetco, Trask, Siuslaw, and Saddle Mountain. With the change Oregon did a couple years ago by making the Rocky Mountain elk tags on the east side of the state a draw, it has resulted in more pressure on the west side in Roosevelt elk country. Hunters are reporting seeing more hunters the last two seasons while chasing Roosevelt elk.

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For rifle hunters, there are two general hunts for Roosevelts in November. The rifle hunts are tough due to the thick timber and steep terrain. Glass the clearcuts and burns for the best success. The best hunting is in areas that have burned or on timber company land where they are still logging and creating good habitat for elk. Most timber companies allow access, but some charge a fee.

A guided private land Roosevelt elk hunt is the best way to have a successful hunt. We work with the best Roosevelt elk guides in Oregon and can assist you in planning your hunt. Give us a call to book a Roosevelt elk hunt as most of the better Roosevelt elk outfitters are booked a couple years out.

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Application Dates for Elk in Oregon

The application deadline is May 15th with draw results available by June 20th• Since applicants do not submit tag fees, no refunds will be sent. If you draw, you will receive a notice to purchase your tag.

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Oregon Non-Resident Elk Hunting Fees

Adult Hunting License $172
Juvenile Hunting License (9-17 years old) $10
Application Fee per Species $8
Post Draw Fees (if successful)
Bighorn Sheep $1,513.50
Mountain Goat $1,513.50
Elk ( controlled or general) $588
Deer ( controlled or general) $443.50
Antelope $395.50


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