Better known for their elaborate courtship displays, greater sage-grouse also offers the wingshooter a unique hunting experience. This is a small, well-regulated hunt by permit only. Permit applications are due in mid-August each year.
Sage-grouse hunting takes you to some of the most beautiful and remote places in southeast Oregon, places you wouldn’t necessarily visit if you didn’t have an excuse to go.
Add to that, the unique chance to harvest sage-grouse and you might just have the upland bird hunting trip of your lifetime.
Sage-grouse tags are very limited and require an application for choosing between several hunt areas. Before you apply, make sure you have the will and/or ability to travel to wild, remote places.
|Hunt No.||Open Area||2018 Permits||2018 1st Choice Applicants||2019 Permits|
|J64||LOOKOUT MT UNIT||0||0||0|
|J66||MALHEUR RVR UNIT||100||62||100|
|J68A||TROUT CREEK MTNS||New||25|
|J69||STEENS MT UNIT||75||104||45|
|J70||BEATYS BUTTE UNIT||150||212||80|
The entire wildlife unit is open unless indicated by an asterisk(*). See Oregon Big Game Regulations for descriptions of unit boundaries.
Highlighted text indicates changes from last year.
*J68A the part of Unit 68 south of Whitehorse Ranch Rd.; west of Hwy 95, and east of Fields-Denio Rd.
*J68B Unit 68 excluding that area described for Hunt 68A.
*J73A the part of Unit 73 north of Christmas Valley-Wagontire Co. Rd.
*J73B the part of Unit 73 south of Christmas Valley-Wagontire Co. Rd.
Sage-grouse hunting, like most upland bird hunting, is about understanding the habits of the bird and the habitats it prefers. Here are a few tips to help with your hunt:
Oregon’s sage-grouse hunting season is based on a long history of monitoring, surveying and research. Each year the department projects the fall population of sage-grouse based on using information from lek counts and wing-return data. Hunting seasons are set so potential harvest is less than 5 percent* of the fall population, though actual harvest is usually less than 3 percent of the fall population.
*Peer-reviewed management guidelines have found that harvest rates below 11 percent are unlikely to have an important influence on local populations.
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