Hunters from all over North America visit the Hood River area every fall to track big game (deer, elk, and black bear) or the waterfowl haunting the central Oregon forests and wetlands.
- Populations of deer, elk, black bear, and several game fowl species make central Oregon a popular hunting destination.
- Hunting preserves, ranches, and wildlife areas offer a variety of hunting experiences.
- Guides and outfitters are available to help visitors plan a memorable, rewarding expedition.
The crisp, bright blue weather of a central Oregon autumn and the alluring forest and alpine landscape found near Hood River are enough to attract thousands of outdoorsmen to the area at the open of hunting season in October. Add the plentiful mule and whitetail deer, elk, and game fowl populating the forests and waterways, and Oregon becomes a hunter’s mecca.
Where to Hunt
- Guides and outfitters in the Hood River area can give visitors hunting excursions in hunting preserves, private hunting ranches, or in the national forest areas designated open to hunting. Mule and whitetail deer, black bear, elk, and a variety of birds have open seasons in central Oregon.
- Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area: Deer, chukar, valley quail, pheasant, ducks, and geese can be hunted here.
- Wasco/Sherman UCAP: Chukar, valley quail, pheasant, and gray partridge are bagged in this area.
Guided Tours & Rentals
Finding an experienced hunting guide and/or outfitter is the best way to ensure the most memorable and successful Oregon hunting trip possible, and exploring the links below provides a good place to start.