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Rocky Mountain Elk in winterEach year, the thrill of big game hunting draws over 40,000 hunters from across the country to the Umatilla National Forest. This forest's habitat supports one of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain elk found on any National Forest in the nation. Other big-game species who make this forest their home include mule deer, white-tailed deer,  mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear, and mountain lion. Game bird species that are hunted include turkey, blue grouse, spruce grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge and mountain quail.


State Hunting Units with Umatilla National Forest Lands

Oregon Washington
  • Desolation
  • Fossil
  • Heppner
  • Ukiah
  • Starkey
  • Mt. Emily
  • Walla Walla
  • Wenaha
  • Touchet
  • Tucannon
  • Wenaha
  • Lick Creek
  • Grouse Creek

Camping Rules and Regulations:

Occupancy limits, maximum stay limits and firewood cutting regulations apply during hunting season.


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Current Permitted Outfitter and Guides: 

  • Deep Timber Outfitter – Issued
  • Aims High Hunting – Issued
  • Cody Cole Guide Service –Permit signed but need additional documentation before it can be issued
  • Blue Mountain Adventures – Issued
  • Oregon Backcountry Outfitting – Pending Signature
  • Oregon Hunts, LLC – Pending Signature
  • Sheep Mountain Outfitters –Permit signed but need additional documentation before it can be issued
  • Trails & Trophies – Pending Signature

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