Oregon Elk Hunting 2023

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Oregon Elk Hunting

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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 24+ points to draw for either archery or rifle. If you are sitting on around 13 points, an archery hunter could try Sled Springs archery and a rifle hunter would be in the running for the Snake River unit. There are not a lot of options in Oregon for the trophy hunter who is not already sitting on a lot of elk points.

A big change taking place for 2023 is that the archery and rifle hunts are rolling back a week later. This is going to be great for the archery hunters as they will get a week longer in the peak of the hunt. The archery season will run September 2nd through October 1st. Rifle hunters will have their seasons pushed a week later as well, which will move them further from the rut, but they may get some weather later in the season that will move elk lower into more accessible country.

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For Rocky Mountain elk hunting, there is not a lot of change with the hunts other than a new youth archery elk hunt that is good statewide in all units except Mt. Emily, Sled Springs, Walla Walla, and Wenaha.

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 3-7 points. The Powers unit is the only limited-entry archery Roosevelt elk hunt in the state, and it takes 13+ points to draw. All other archery Roosevelt elk hunts in the state are over-the-counter. 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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If you are an archery hunter who is looking for an over-the-counter elk hunt, you may want to look hard at the Roosevelt elk hunt in Oregon. Your best chance of punching your tag is during the rut in September during archery season. A lot of the Roosevelt elk hunting takes place on private timber company land, which is getting harder and harder to access during archery season as most of them are locking their gates to hunters if the fire danger is high. The public forest land is still good, but it’s getting more crowded in the high fire danger years as the private timber company lands implement all the fire restrictions. If you come up empty in the draws, there is always archery elk hunting available in Oregon.

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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

2023 OREGON NON-RESIDENT FEES Up-Front 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 Oregon Elk Hunting Articles from Huntin’ Fool Magazine

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