Desolation Unit 50

Find maps, boundary descriptions and the percent public lands for the Desolation Unit. 

Hunts are for the 2021 season unless otherwise noted

Unit description

Public lands: 87 percent. Beginning at Dale on US Hwy 395; southeast on N Fork John Day Rvr to Big Cr; northeast on Big Cr to Meadow Cr; northeast on Meadow Cr to FR 5225 at Forks Guard Station; northwest on 5225 to Granite- Ukiah Rd 52; southeast on Granite-Ukiah Rd 52 to Anthony Lks Rd 73; northeast on Anthony Lks Rd to summit of Blue Mts west of Anthony Lks; southwest along Blue Mt summit to State Hwy 7; southwest on Hwy 7 to Co Rd 20; northwest on Co Rd 20 to US Hwy 395; north on Hwy 395 to Dale, point of beginning. (Maps: Umatilla National Forest, Malheur NF, Prineville BLM, ODF).

Desolation Unit Map (pdf)

Unit wide hunts

  • Desolation Unit (150)
  • Desolation Unit Bow (150R)
  • Desolation Unit Youth (250T)
  • Desolation Unit (250X)
  • S Blue Mtn (746A)
  • Elkhorn No. 1 (950A1)
  • Elkhorn No. 2 (950A2)
  • Elkhorn No. 3 (950A3)

Sub-unit hunts

  • N Fork Traditional (250R)
  • Middle Fork John Day (647B) - view map (pdf)


John Day office 541-575-1167

Hunt series key:

100 series – buck deer
200 series – elk
400 series – pronghorn
500 series – bighorn sheep
600 series – antlerless deer
700 series – spring black bear
900 series – Rocky Mountain goat

NOTE: This information is for reference use only, and is not intended to replace the information found in the current Big Game Regulations. Please consult the Big Game Regulations before purchasing tags or planning your hunting excursions.