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Hunting on private lands: Access & Habitat Program

September 11, 2017

Private lands accounts for just over half of Oregon’s land base and include farms, range lands, wetlands, forests and stream corridors. To improve landowner-hunter relations and engage landowners in the conservation of fish and wildlife, the Oregon Legislature created the Access & Habitat (A&H) Program in 1993. The law established a funding mechanism to provide grants to private landowners, timber and agriculture corporations, sportsmen groups, natural resource agencies, and others for projects designed to increase public hunting access to private lands and/or improve wildlife habitat.

The program’s motto, “Landowners & Hunters Together for Wildlife,” conveys the program’s basic mission - to foster partnerships between landowners and hunters for the benefit of the wildlife they value. The program also seeks to recognize and encourage the important contributions made by landowners to the state’s wildlife resource.

Private land hunting opportunities

NORTHWEST

North Coast Access Area Law Enforcement Project 

North Region Map (pdf); South Region Map (pdf)
Project information: These industrial timberlands are a conglomerate of forest land that has multiple owners. A&H funds are being used to hire 5 Oregon State Police Senior Troopers to patrol the private timberlands from August to December. The increased law enforcement provides an incentive to the private landowners to continue to allow hunting access. The following industrial timberland owners participate in the program: Hancock Timber Resources Group, The Hampton Tree Farm Affiliates, Stimson Lumber Company, Weyerhaeuser Company, Longview Timber Corporation, and the Lewis & Clark OR Timber, managed by the Green Wood Resources.
Contact: ODFW Sauvie Island, 503-621-3488 or Tillamook, 503-842-2741

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Portions of Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties Saddle Mountain - 10, Scappoose - 11, Wilson - 12, Trask - 14 estimated 1 million elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, quail, band-tailed pigeon may vary by landowner may vary by landowner Area under travel management restriction, consult current Big Game Hunting Regs

Project cooperators:
Green Wood Resources, Seaside Office: 503-738-6351
Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands - Longview: 360-575-5112; Seaside 503-717-8288
Stimson, Forest Grove Office: 503-359-0116
Hancock, Vernonia Office: 503-429-4410
Hampton, Astoria: 503-458-6111; Wilson Unit: 503-365-8400
State Forestry, Astoria: 503-325-5451

Willamette Private Timberlands Law Enforcement Project 

Stott Mtn/N Alsea Map- front (pdf), Stott Mtn/N Alsea Map-back (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to hire 6 Oregon State Politce Senior Troopers to patrol these industrial timberlands which have multiple landowners, from August to December. The increased law enforcement provides an incentive to private timberland owners to continue to allow hunting access. The following industrial timberland owners participate in the program in the Stott Mtn/North Alsea TMA: Hancock Forest Management, Plum Creek Timber, Weyerhaeuser, and Simpson Resources Co. In other areas, OSP troopers patrol private timberlands that are open to public hunting.
Contact: ODFW Newport 541-867-4741, Corvallis 541-757-4186, or Springfield 541-726-3515

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Portions of Lincoln, Polk, Benton, Marion, Lane, and Linn counties Santiam Mountain - 17, Alsea - 18, McKenzie - 19, Siuslaw - 20, Indigo - 21 Estimated 1.25 million elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, quail, band-tailed pigeon may vary by landowner may vary by landowner Some areas under travel management restrictions. Consult the current Big Game Regs for more info.

Project cooperators:
Avery Family Forest: 503-589-2701
Frank Lumber, Mill City: 503-897-2371
Freres Timber Inc, Lyons: 503-859-2121
Giustina Resources, Eugene: 541-485-1500
Hampton Affiliates, Salem: 503-365-8400
Hancock Forest Management, Independence: 503-838-1610
Longview Timberlands, Silverton: 503-873-6457
Miami Corporation, McMinnville: 503-472-7186 
Rosboro Lumber, Springfield: 541-746-8411
Starker Forests, Philomath: 541-929-2477
Stimson Lumber: 503-357-2131
Weyerhaeuser Co (Toll free hunter hotline): 1-888-741-5403
Cascade Timber, Sweet Home: 541-367-2111
State Forestry, Dallas: 503-623-8146, Sweet Home: (541) 367-6108, 
Philomath: 541-929-3266
US Forest Service, Siuslaw National Forest Office: 541-750-7000
BLM, Salem: 503-375-5646

Linn County Forest Patrol Project 

Project information: This area is industrial timberland with multiple landowners. An A&H grant is used to partially fund a Sheriff deputy to patrol the timberlands in Linn County. The increased law enforcement provides an incentive to private timberland owners to continue to allow hunting access.
Contact: Brian Carroll– Linn County Forest Protection Association 541-367-6108

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Portions of Linn County Santiam Unit - 16 Estimated 300,000 Elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, quail, band-tailed pigeon may vary by landowner may vary by landower may vary by landowner

Lincoln County Forest Patrol Project

Project information: An A&H grant is used to partially fund a Sheriff deputy to patrol the multi-owner private, industrial timberlands in Linn County. The increased law enforcement provides an incentive to private timberland owners to continue to allow hunting access.
Contact: ODFW Newport, 541-867-4741

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Portions of Lincoln County Stott Mountain - 17, Alsea - 18 Estimated 300,000 elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, quail, band-tailed pigeon may vary by landowner may vary by landowner Some areas under travel management restriction. Consult the Big Game Regs for more info.

SOUTHWEST

Jackson Access & Cooperative Travel Management Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: An A&H grant is used to fund an Oregon State Police Senior Trooper to patrol and enforce the travel management area restrictions. Increased law enforcement on these public and private timberlands provides an incentive for landowners to continue to allow public hunting access and decrease harassment of wintering wildlife. The project also improves access to 32,840 acres of public land.
Contact: ODFW Central Point, 541-826-8774

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Portions of Jackson Co. near Shady Cove and Lost Creek Lake Dixon - 22, Evans Creek - 29, Rogue - 30 21,710 elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, quail, turkey year-round Open Access Area under travel management restriction 3 days prior to opening of general Cascade elk season through April 30. Constul current Big Game Regs for more info.

HIGH DESERT

Green Diamond Resource Co (GDRCo) Travel Management Area (formerly JWTR TMA)

Page 1 mapPage 2, North mapPage 3, South map
Project information: These timberlands are patrolled by Oregon State Police Special Trooper using A&H funds. Continued vandalism and/or property destruction could lead to the closing of these lands to public use. Please respect private lands.
Contact: ODFW Klamath Falls, 541-883-5732

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Scattered parcels in Klamath, Jackson, and Lake counties; see map Sprague - 33, Silver Lake - 76, Interstate - 75, Klamath Falls - 32, Keno - 31, Fort Rock - 77 608,000 Primary: deer, elk, turkey
Secondary: blue grouse, ruffed grouse, mt. quail
year-round (seasonal travel restrictions apply) Open Access Camping permitted up to 7 days; no fires, be careful with cigarettes; no littering - pick up any trash; report unlawful activities; do not damage roads during wet conditions; leave gates as you find them. Surveillance cameras may be in use.

MALHEUR REGION

Bentz Access Project

Bentz Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner to allow the public to access 4,276 acres of private land and improve access to adjoining public land.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Types of Access Special Regulations
South of Juntura off of the Shumway Rd. Malheur River - Unit 66 4,276 Deer, chukar, predator, antelope, sage-grouse August 1 - March 1 through March of 2021 Welcome to Hunt Motorized vehicle travel only on BLM access road posted as open

Pine Creek Ranch Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information:  A&H funds are used to pay the landowner for access to 12,105 acres of his rangeland property.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
From Burns, travel approx. 35 miles east on Hwy 20, then north on County Rd. 310. Look for access. Malheur River Unit - 66 12,105 Primary: deer, elk, pronghorn, predators
Secondary: turkey, California quail
Aug 1 - March 1 through 2021 Open Access No camping on private lands; no fires; leave gates as you find them. See map for further regulations.

Kueny Ranch Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner for access. The land includes rangeland, steep rimrock, and brushy, riparian zones.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
East Steens Rd (Co. 201), 28 miles north of Fields, OR Steens Mountain - 69 4,276 deer, sheep, pronghorn, predators, chukar, quail year-round Open Access Vehicle access restricted to roads posted and mapped as open

Ontario Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds pay for maps, signs and survey permits.
Contact: ODFW Ontario, 541-889-6975

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
City of Ontario Beulah - 65 800 Primary: pheasant, duck, geese, mule deer (archery only); quail
Secondary: turkey
Aug 1 - Mar 1, annually through the 2017-18 season. Hunting permitted for upland birds, waterfowl, and deer (archery) during prescribed seasons only. Open Access Parking in designated areas only. Please be mindful of farming equipment on property; vandals will be prosecuted.

Jenkins Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
About 12 miles east of Diamond Steens Mountain - 69 13,233 Primary: mule deer, elk, pronghorn, sage grouse, predators, chukar
Secondary: quail, mourning dove
Aug 1 - Mar 1 through the 2017-18 season Open Access Motorized vehicle travel only on access roads posted as open. No ATVs on property. Consult map for restrictions; camping allowed on adjacent BLM only.

Otley Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner for access to 16,734 acres of his property. 
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Steens Loop Rd. access Steens Mountain - 69 16,734 Primary: pronghorn, mule deer, chukar, quail, sage grouse
Secondary: elk
Aug 1 - Mar 1 annually through the 2017-18 season Open Access Vehicle access restricted to roads posted and mapped as open

Lawen Lane Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay 4 landowners a per acre value for public hunting access. The land includes flat, lake basin pastureland that is wetland during high water years.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Hwy 78, 17 miles east of Burns, south on Lawen Lane Steens Mountain - 69 6,259 waterfowl, pheasant, deer, pronghorn, predators, quail Aug 15 - Feb 28 annually through the 2017-18 season Open Access. Improves access to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Walk-in access from Lawen Lane

Alvord Ranch Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner for access to his property and drive-through access to thousands of acres of public land that are virtually inaccessible without this project. The lands made available through this project include rangeland, steep rimrock, and brushy, riparian areas.
Contact: ODFW Hines, 541-573-6582

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
East Steens Rd (Co. 201), 28 miles north of Fields Steens Mountain - 69 10,100 deer, sheep, pronghorn, predator, chukar, quail, sage grouse Aug 1 - Mar 1 through March 2017 Open Access Vehicle access restricted to roads posted and mapped as open. Hunters must check in at Alvord Hot Springs prior to accessing the area.

Mackenzie Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner for access to this rangeland.
Contact: ODFW Ontario, 541-889-6975

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
See map, multiple parcels in central Malheur County Owyhee - 67 11,029 deer, pronghorn, chukar, quail, sage grouse, predator Aug 1 - Mar 1 annually through 2021 Open Access No camping on private land; no fires; leave gates as you found them. See map for further regulations.

NORTHEAST

M.R. King Ranches Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay the landowner on a per acre basis for public hunting access.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
I-84 eastbound to exit 327 at Durkee. Upon leaving the interstate, properties are located on either side of I-84. Lookout Mountain - 64, Sumpter - 51 3,835 deer, elk, pronghorn, California bighorn sheep, chukar, Hungarian partridge, California quail, bear, cougar, coyote Aug 1 - Jan 31; through Jan 2022 Open Access No motorized vehicles on access area; walk-in hunting only (horses and bicycles ok). No camping, no fires, be careful with cigarettes. No littering, pick up any trash. Leave gates as you found them.

Iron Mountain Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: Provides access to 4,215 acres of previously inaccessible BLM land. A&H funds are used to pay the landowner on a per acre basis for public hunting access. The area includes lower/mid elevation sagebrush steppe and high elevation conifer and aspen forests.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832 

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
I-84 eastbound to exit 327 at Durkee. Hwy 30 north to Land Rd.; Land Rd. north to Hindman Rd.; Hindman Rd. north to Iron Mountain Rd. Follow Iron Mountain Rd. to property boundary. Lookout Mountain - 64 3,342 deer, elk, chukar Aug 1 - Jan 31; through Jan 2021 Open Access No morotized vehicles; walk in hunting only (horses and bicycles ok). No camping, no fires, be careful with cigarettes. No littering, pick up any trash. Leave gates as you found them.

Widman Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: This project provides access to rolling sage steppe, conifer and riparian areas. A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
10 miles east of Baker City Lookout Mountain - 64 8,430 Primary: pronghorn, sage grouse, mule deer, coycote
Secondary: elk, turkey, predators, Hungarian partridge
Aug 1 - Jan 31, through 2018 Open Access Driving access on designated roads only; see map

Troy Ranches Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access to this rangeland area which is surrounded by public land.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
From I-84 eastbound: exit 317 Pleasant Valley. Upon exiting, Troy Ranches properties are located on both sides of I-84. Sumpter - 51, Lookout Mountain - 64 5,696 mule deer, elk, pronghorn, chukar, Hungarian partridge, California quail, bear, cougar, coyote Aug 1 - Jan 31, through 2022 Open Access No motorized vehicles on access area; walk-in hunting only (horses and bicycles ok). No camping, no fires, be careful with cigarettes. Leave gates as you found them.

Virtue Flat  Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access.This area is priarmily rangeland and is surrounded by public land.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
From I-84, take Hwy 86 for 4.5 miles east out of Baker City. Turn right onto Ruckles Loop Road and then turn south onto White Swan Road. Lookout Mountain - 64 7,087 mule deer, elk, pronghorn, chukar, Hungarian partridge, California quail, bear, cougar, coyote Aug 1 - Jan 31, through 2022 Open Access Foot traffic only; no ATVs. Motorized vehicles permitted on roads identified in green on the Access Area map. No camping, no fires, be careful with cigarettes. No littering, pick up any trash. Leave gates as you found them.

Glass Hill Access Area

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access. The land is rangeland and is surrounded by public land.
Contact: ODFW La Grande, 541-962-1838

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
7 miles south of La Grande Starkey - 52 4,164 mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, waterfowl, quail April 1 - Jan 31 through 2019 Open Access Permission required to access Zone B (see map); reservations booked on first come, first served basis. Contact ODFW -La Grande to book (541-926-1838).

Noregaard/Shamrock/Whisky Creek Cooperative Travel Manamement Areas 

Noregaard Map (pdf) Shamrock/Whisky Creek Map (pdf), Little Catherine Ck (pdf), Meacham (pdf)
Project information: These areas are part of the Hancock Forest Management NE Access Project providing access to industrial timber lands. A&H license dollars and funds from Natural Resources Conservation Service grant provide access to 250,000 acres of private land.
Contact: Enterprise ODFW, 541-426-3279

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Wallowa Co. north of Wallowa Sled Springs - 57, Catherine Creek - 53, Ukia - 49, Starkey - 52, Mt. Emily - 54 127,000 elk, deer, bear, predators, grouse, turkey Year-round Open Access Area under travel management restriction 3 days prior to opening of archery season through May 31; consult the current Big Game Hunting Regs for more information.

Forsea Ranch 

Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowners on a per acre basis for public hunting access on this rangeland which is surrounded by public land.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Between the Snake River and Lookout Mountain, south of Brownlee reservoir Lookout Mountain - 64 9,330 deer, elk, sheep, chukar, quail, predators year-round through July 31, 2018 Open Access Drive-in access via Connor Creek Rd only; walk-in access from Snake River Road.

Owsley Canyon Access Area

Map (pdf)
Project information: This area is primarily rangeland adjacent to public land. A&H funds are used to pay landowner on a per-acre basis for public hunting access.
Contact: ODFW La Grande, 541-962-1838

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Approximately 4 miles north of La Grande off Owsley Canyon Road Mt. Emily - 54 435 Primary: mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, Hungarian partridge, California quail, ruffed grouse
Secondary: bear, cougar, blue grouse
April 1 - Jan 31 through 2018 Open Access Motorized travel on designated roads only. No camping, no fires.

Divide Ridge Access Area 

Map (pdf) 
Project information: Primarily rangeland surrounded by public land made available through A&H funds which are used to pay landowner on a per-acre basis for public hunting access.
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Approximately 9 miles east of Joseph. From Hwy 82, take HWY 350 for 4.5 miles east out of Joseph. Turn right onto USFS 39, then turn left onto USFS 3915. Imnaha - 61 1,160 mule deer, elk, pronghorn, forest grouse, turkey, rabbit, California quail, bear, cougar, coyote Year-round through July 31, 2021 Open Access Foot traffic only; no ATVs. Motorized vehicles are permitted on roads identified in green on the Access Area map. No camping, no fires, be careful with cigarettes. No littering, pick up any trash. Leave gates as you found them. 

Desolation Creek Access Area 

Map (pdf) 
Project information: A&H funds are used to pay landowner on a per-acre basis for public hunting access. This area is mixed forest and meadows, surrounded by public land
Contact: ODFW Baker City, 541-523-5832

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Approximately 16 miles south of Ukiah. From the junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 244, travel 14 miles south. Turn left onto USFS 55 then right onto USFS 10. Desolation - 50 13,440 mule deer, elk, forest grouse, turkey, rabbit, California quail, bear, cougar, coyote Year-round through September 30, 2019 Open Access Foot traffic only; no ATVs. Motorized vehicles are permitted on roads identified in green on the Access Area map. Camping allowed only within 200 feet of open roads. No camping within 50 feet of any water. No unattended campers, tent sites, or camp sites for more than 24 hours. 

Hancock Forest Management Access Program 

Catherine Creek WMU Map (pdf), Starkey WMU Map (pdf), Sumpter WMU Map (pdf), Walla Walla WMU & Vicinity Map (pdf), Wenaha WMU Map (pdf)
Project information: A&H license dollars and funds from Natural Resources Conservation Service grant provide access to 250,000 acres of these industrial timberlands.
Contact: ODFW LaGrande 541-962-1838

Location Wildlife Mgmt. Unit Acres Huntable Species Access Period Type of Access Special Regulations
Wallowa Co. north of Wallowa, Union Co. east of Union, Umatilla Co. near Meacham Sled Springs - 57, Catherine Creek - 53, Ukia - 49, Starkey - 52, Mt. Emily - 54 250,000 mule deer, elk, forest grouse, turkey, bear Year-round through 2021 Open Access Notice: Hancock F.M. Inc. does not allow unauthorized commercial packing, guiding, or hunting services or commercial gathering of firewood or mushrooms on its lands

For more information on this program, please contact:

Access and Habitat Program Coordinator
4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE
Salem, OR 97302
Tel: 503-947-6087
Fax: 503-947-6330

Header image by Kathy Munsel

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