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APPLICATION STRATEGY 2020: Oregon Deer

Oregon deer application strategy

Oregon's 2020 deer application overview

Jump to: NEW FOR 2020 State Information Draw System Mule Deer Breakdown Columbian Blacktail Deer Breakdown Columbian Whitetail Deer Breakdown Whitetail Deer Breakdown

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, the in-person option for applications may become increasingly difficult. For 2020, it would be best to plan on online or phone applications. See all current COVID-19 state impacts on hunting here.

Note: The application deadline in Oregon for all species is May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST and all applications must be submitted online or at a license sales agent.


New for 2020

  • Leftover tags are no longer available as an additional tag.
  • Hunts previously listed as “centerfire” are now listed as “any legal weapon” to ensure hunters are aware that any legal rifle, shotgun, bow, muzzleloader or handgun is allowed.
  • It is illegal to use or possess “commercial cervid attractants,” i.e. urine lures.
  • Many hunts have had the bag limit changed to “one buck with visible antlers.” See 2020 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) regulations for details.
  • Oregon cut the Juniper Unit muzzleloader and Northeast Whitehorse Unit archery tags.

New 100 series controlled hunts

  • Any legal weapon John Day Canyon Unit: Nov. 21 to 29
  • Any legal weapon Fossil Unit No. 2: Nov. 21 to 29
  • Any legal weapon Heppner Unit No. 2: Nov. 21 to 29
  • Archery Ochoco Unit: Aug. 29 to Sept. 27
  • Archery N Blue Mt Unit: Aug. 29 to Sept 27
  • Muzzleloader Trask Unit: Nov. 7 to 20
  • Muzzleloader McKenzie Unit: Nov. 14 to 25
  • Muzzleloader Indigo Unit: Nov. 14 to 25
  • Muzzleloader Melrose Unit: Nov. 14 to 22
  • Muzzleloader Sixes Unit: Nov. 14 to 27
  • Muzzleloader Grande Ronde Unit: Nov. 16 to 29
  • Muzzleloader Sled Springs Unit: Nov. 30 to Dec. 13

Antlerless opportunities

Remember that goHUNT has Draw Odds for all female species. 

Antlerless mule deer draw odds

Find your resident antlerless mule deer draw odds here

Find your nonresident antlerless mule deer draw odds here

Antlerless blacktail deer draw odds

Find your resident antlerless blacktail deer draw odds here

Find your nonresident antlerless blacktail deer draw odds here

Antlerless whitetail draw odds

Find your resident antlerless whitetail deer draw odds here

Find your nonresident antlerless whitetail deer draw odds here


State information

To view more important information including a state overview of Oregon’s rules/regulations, the draw system, draw odds and license fee go to the Oregon state profile. It also includes an interactive map where you can research unit boundaries and data on a unit by unit basis.

Note: Like other preference point states, there is point creep in the more popular units of the state. What this means is if you see a unit that you are currently five points away from being in the maximum point status, chances are high that it will actually take more than five years to draw as it may take more than five years to get through all of the applicants who have more points than you.

Oregon State Profile Mule Deer Profile Columbian Blacktail Deer Profile Columbian Whitetail Deer Profile Whitetail Deer Profile Draw Odds Filtering 2.0

Important dates and information

  • You can apply online here.
  • The deadline to apply is May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 
  • Results will be available by June 20, 2020.
  • If you made an error on your application, corrections can be made until June 1.
  • You are required to purchase a hunting license prior to applying.
  • Applicants do not have to front the cost of the permits they apply for.
  • If you are successful, you will receive notification to purchase your tag.
  • Hunters 17 years old or younger need to have a hunter’s education certificate unless they are ages nine to 15 and enrolled in the youth mentor program.
  • Oregon deer, elk and antelope runs on a modified preference point system. 
  • 75% of the tags are allocated to maximum point holders; 25% are randomly allocated with no regard to points.
  • Point only codes are as follows:
    • 199 - buck deer point saver
    • 699 - antlerless deer point saver
  • You cannot apply for a second through fifth choice if you choose to apply for a point saver as your first choice. (If the goal is to draw on a second choice and retain your points, always apply for a hard to draw hunt in the state so if you do happen to get lucky it will be in a top-shelf unit with excellent dates.)
  • Points can also be purchased during a separate timeframe from July 1 to Nov. 30.

Oregon cost to apply and tag fees

Item Resident Nonresident
Hunting license $34.50 $172
Juvenile hunting license $10 $10
Application fee/per species $8 $8
*Deer (controlled or general) $28.50 $443.50
*Tag fees only required if you are successful in the draw.

Drought and snowpack in Oregon

In 2020, Oregon is once again having a pretty average snowpack and moisture year. The central portion of the state is slightly below the 2019 totals with most areas at nearly 80% of annual precipitation. The northeast portion of the state is at 120% plus annual and the rest of the state is hovering just below 100% of annual precipitation. Overall, while it’s not necessarily a drought, we would not anticipate records being broken in antler growth either. Overall, this will likely be an average year of moisture and antler growth.

Snow water equivalent

2020

Oregon NRCS snowpack 2020

Oregon snow water equivalent as of April 22, 2020. Source: NRCS

2019

Oregon snow water equivalent as of April 2019

Oregon snow water equivalent as of April 30, 2019. Source: NRCS

Drought status

2020

Oregon drought monitor 2020

Oregon drought monitor status as of April 14, 2020. Source: US Drought Monitor

2019

Oregon drought monitor status as of April 2019

Oregon drought monitor status on April 30, 2019. Source: US Drought Monitor

The Oregon draw system

Understanding the draw

The Oregon deer system is quite simple. First and foremost, nonresidents are allocated a maximum of 5% of the controlled deer tags. The devil is in the details though and, prior to the main draw, the guides and outfitters program is allocated 2.5% of these tags. That does not leave a whole lot of tags for nonresidents in the main draw pool. In most cases, for good hunts, the only nonresident tag drawn will be from the maximum point holder pool because there are so few points. 

Oregon is a modified preference point state for controlled deer, meaning that 75% of the tags are allocated to the applicants with the most points. The other 25% are randomly allocated with no weight given to the number of points you have. Every applicant is on the same playing field for the random tags. If there are three tags or less for a particular hunt, those will be given to highest point holders. 

Hunt choices

Applicants can enter five hunt choices. Every applicant's first choice is considered prior to the consideration of any applicant's second choice, and so on. You will only lose points if you draw your first choice. There is no waiting period for reapplying for controlled deer if you drew a tag last year.

Group application

Oregon will allow group applications for deer of any size. A group application will have their points averaged and will round up to the next whole number if the average is .51 and down to the whole number if the average is .50. For example, if your group point average is 2.51, your application will go into the draw with three points. If your group application is selected and there are not enough tags remaining, no member of the group will receive a tag. 

Note: It is not recommended to apply as a group in Oregon as there are so few tags available and, if there are not enough tags left when your application is rejected, they will move onto another applicant until the exact number of tags allotted is issued.

Refunds/returns 

If you are successful in the draw for a controlled hunt, you have up until the day before to purchase your tag. After you have purchased your tag, there are no refunds for permits. If you draw your first choice, your preference points will be purged, so make sure you actually want the permit you apply for.


Oregon's 2020 mule deer breakdown

Mule deer occupy the central and eastern portions of the state. The statewide population has been on a continuous slide for several years and the 2019 populations estimates are down once again. Statewide, the estimated population is 176,017, which is down 53,309 since 2015. There are a few pockets where the populations have increased and you can see those in the table below; however, generally speaking, Oregon's mule deer population is much lower than ODFW would prefer.

OREGON MULE DEER POPULATION SIZE - Updated 2020

Oregon manages their mule deer units for more opportunity than trophy potential. The trophy potential is average at best and the units that can provide you a chance at a trophy buck require so many points that the bulk of applicants are out of the running. If you want an opportunity to hunt, Oregon is a great state, but do not plan on the chance at a buck of a lifetime.

Oregon deer populations and buck to doe ratios

Unit Population objective Population estimate Buck:doe
ratio (2020)
31-Keno 3,200 4,389 16:100
32-Klamath Falls 6,200 4,500 10:100
33-Sprague 2,200 300 -
34-Upper Deschutes 2,200 440 48:100
35-Paulina 16,500 5,918 14:100
36-Maury 5,200 2,996 15:100
37-Ochoco 20,500 6,875 23:100
38-Grizzly 8,500 5,209 16:100
39-Metolius 6,200 3,359 19:100
40-Maupin 3,000 2,075 23:100
41-White River 9,000 4,455 17:100
42-Hood 1,400 700 -
43-East Biggs 3,500 5,125 28:100
43-West Biggs 3,300 5,125 28:100
44-Columbia Basin 10,000 6,000 15:100
45-Fossil 10,000 6,612 12:100
46-Murderers Cr 9,000 5,230 12:100
47-Northside 15,500 4,283 14:100
48-Heppner 12,000 6,350 11:100
49-Ukiah 8,500 6,800 18:100
50-Desolation 2,500 840 13:100
51-Sumpter 7,000 3,997 16:100
52-Starkey 3,000 2,200 6:100
53-Catherine Cr 4,300 1,550 21:100
54-Mt Emily 5,000 2,650 19:100
55-Walla Walla 1,900 1,500 18:100
56-Wenaha 4,000 1,350 9:100
57-Sled Springs 11,000 3,750 10:100
58-Chesnimnus 5,700 2,300 9:100
59-Snake River 6,400 2,200 19:100
60-Minam 7,000 1,700 13:100
61-Imnaha 7,000 2,550 18:100
62-Pine Cr 3,700 1,741 13:100
63-Keating 4,600 1,439 15:100
64-Lookout Mt 5,000 1,978 12:100
65-Beulah 15,000 7,200 12:100
66-Malheur River 15,000 8,600 11:100
67-Owyhee 5,000 2,150 22:100
68-E Whitehorse 3,200 1,500 26:100
68-Trout Cr Mts 2,800 1,300 -
69-Steens Mt 11,000 5,000 32:100
70-Beatys Butte 2,800 1,500 8:100
71-Juniper 2,300 1,300 129:100
72-Silvies 12,000 8,500 10:100
73-Wagontire 2,500 2,543 17:100
74-Warner 5,500 3,588 16:100
75-Interstate 14,800 6,200 10:100
76-Silver Lake 10,300 4,500 11:100
77-Fort Rock 11,200 3,800 23:100
 

Top hit list units to consider for 180" or better mule deer
(not in order of quality)

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident points
to draw
Nonresidents points
to draw
36-Maury 180”+ Archery-20%
Rifle-26%
100% with 0
28% with 1
100% with 0
100% with 2​​​​​​
37-Ochoco 180”+ Archery (general)-15%
Archery-new
Rifle-18%
-
New 2020
90% with 1
-
New 2020
36% with 1
39-Metolius 180”+ Archery (general)-17%
Archery-56%
Muzzloader-67%
Rifle-30%
-
55% with 19
68% with 9
51% with 4
-
No tag allocated
No tag allocated
100% with 4
64-Lookout Mt 180”+ Archery (general)-35%
Rifle-68%
-
83% with 3
-
13% with 4
65-Beulah 180”+ Archery (general)-18%
Archery-38%
Rifle-39%
Rifle-45%
-
100% with 12
79% with 0
93% with 2
-
No tag allocated
100% with 1
45% with 2
66-Malheur Rv 180”+ Archery (general)-17%
Muzzleloader-18%
Rifle-32%
-
79% with 2
28% with 1
-
No tag allocated
100% with 2
67-Owyhee 180”+ Archery (general)-26%
Rifle-31%
Rifle-42%
-
68% with 0
31% with 2
-
100% with 1
29% with 5
68-Whitehorse 180”+ Archery (general)-29%
Trad. archery-10%
Muzzleloader-29%
Rifle-42%
Rifle-65%
-
100% with 0
56% with 10
36% with 1
44% with 14
-
100% with 0
No tag allocated
22% with 3
100% with 22
69-Steens Mt 180”+ Archery (general)-16%
Rifle-46%
-
43% with 6
-
67% with 13
70-Beatys Butte 180”+ Archery (general)-29%
Archery-11%
Archery-13%
Archery-0%
Muzzleloader-54%
Rifle-35%
-
22% with 6
54% with 4
100% with 14
16% with 10
27% with 2
-
100% with 11
100% with 8
No tag allocated
100% with 18
100% with 7
71-Juniper 180”+ Archery (general)-7%
Archery-0%
Archery-0%
Archery-0%
Muzzleloader-100%
Rifle-16%
Rifle-24%
-
22% with 6
54% with 4
100% with 14
16% with 10
58% with 0
100% with 0
-
100% with 11
100% with 8
No tag allocated
100% with 18
22% with 0
67% with 0
72-Silvies 180”+ Archery (general)-17%
Muzzleloader-16%
Rifle-37%
-
49% with 3
78% with 4
-
100% with 5
16% with 4
74-Warner 180”+ Archery-0%
Archery-52%
Rifle-30%
Rifle-61%
100% with 3
100% with 0
54% with 1
29% with 13
26% with 3
25% with 0
14% with 2
100% with 23

Hidden gems in Oregon

If you are looking for a hidden gem, your best bet is to pick up your bow and arrow and become proficient with it. A quick search on INSIDER will show you there were 14 units that offer general season archery hunts where the harvest success is 20% or greater. A few of those (43, 44) may be hard to hunt for a DIY hunter without land access into private parcels, but many others have more than enough public land to hunt. Below are the best general season bow hunts, which really are the best hidden gems in the state. 

Best general season archery mule deer hunts 20%+ harvest success

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success (2019)
Buck:doe
ratio
% bucks 4 point+
31-Keno 160”+ 22% 16:100 22%
32-Klamath Falls 170”+ 27% 10:100 31%
42-Hood 160”+ 31% - 26%
51-Sumpter 170”+ 27% 16:100 31%
62-Pine Creek 170”+ 22% 13:100 34%
63-Keating 170”+ 23% 15:100 33%
64-Lookout Mt 180”+ 35% 12:100 45%
67-Owyhee 180”+ 26% 22:100 41%
68-Whitehorse 180”+ 29% 26:100 56%
70-Beatys Butte 180”+ 29% 8:100 38%
73-Wagontire 160”+ 20% 17:100 39%

The other method in locating a hidden gem is with resources like Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds. It has never been easier to help you locate a unit that fits your individual goals. You can pour over information like trophy potential, draw odds percentages, buck:doe ratios and percentage of 4 point or better per hunt and unit. You can also explore the muzzleloader and rifle hunts. There are many other hunts that offer decent odds with good trophy potential


B&C entry trends for Oregon mule deer


Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are considered if any part of the unit is found within any part of the county. Data provided below courtesy of Boone and Crockett Club.

Oregon's top B&C producing counties since 2010 for typical mule deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Malheur 2 51, 65, 66, 67, 68
Baker 1 51, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64, 65
Crook 1 35, 36, 37, 38, 72
Harney 1 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Jefferson 1 38, 39 
Wasco 1 38, 40, 41, 43
Wheeler 1 37, 38, 43, 45, 48

Map of Oregon's typical mule deer B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C typical mule deer locations since 2015 - Oregon 2020

Oregon's top B&C producing counties since 2010 for nontypical mule deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Lake 2 35, 36, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77
Malheur 1 51, 65, 66, 67, 68

Map of Oregon's nontypical mule deer B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C nontypical mule deer locations since 2015 - Oregon 2020


Managing points and expectations

What can I expect with 0 deer preference points?

Residents

There are a number of options to consider when looking to hunt mule deer the first year you apply as a resident. By utilizing the standalone draw odds, you can see there were four controlled archery hunts, one muzzleloader hunt and 14 rifle hunts that could have been drawn with zero points. Out of those, Units 33, 6061 and 71 (north side of unit) had rifle hunts that had greater than 20% success and greater than 50% public land. Unit 36 also had a controlled archery hunt that had 20% harvest success and 58% public land. Be aware that all of the noted hunts are likely to require additional research — with maps, Google Earth and, perhaps, even boots on the ground. Like a lot of things, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Those hunts are not impossible, but it will take some work. Remember to keep your expectations realistic. 

The other option, if you have no points, is to take a swing for the fences approach. With ODFW’s draw system, remember that a portion of the tags are randomly allocated. Even if you have no points you still have some chance to draw the best tags.

There are also many muzzleloader and rifle hunts that have great random odds. Explore those within the standalone draw odds page and Filtering 2.0. 

Nonresidents

There were three controlled archery hunts that had 100% odds — one of which is traditional only. The best option for a controlled archery hunt that was drawn with zero points is likely Unit 36. Don’t forget though that there are good archery general hunts and you could hunt those while building a few points for a hunt later down the road. 

There was also a muzzleloader hunt — Unit 45 — that could have been drawn with no points. That area only contains 15% public land. Be aware that if you apply here, it’s a very tough spot for a DIY out-of-state hunter. 

Nonresidents also had 13 rifle hunts that were drawn last year with no points. Many of those have smaller amounts of public land to hunt. Units 33, 42, 60, 61, 76 and 77 all had greater than 50% public land. Unit 60 and 61 are the best options of those with 32% and 31% harvest success. 

Find your resident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

Find your nonresident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

What can I expect with 5 to 6 deer preference points?

Residents

The second archery hunt for Unit 70-Hart Mt is one of the most intriguing options within this point range and could have been drawn with five points. The first archery hunt in the same area also had 100% odds with seven points; 22% odds with six. Some of the better muzzleloader hunts within this range are Units 72 and 76/77 with four points and 75 with five points. Rifle hunters should consider Units 39, 63, 6472 and, perhaps, 69 and 52 that had 51% and 43% odds with six points.

Once again, applicants can still apply for the best of the best, but those will require 17 to 19 points currently and, with point creep, could take another 15 to 20 more years to draw.

Nonresidents

The Warner (north of Hwy 140) Unit 74 archery hunt is the best controlled archery option. It had 100% odds with four points. The 72, 75, and 76/77 muzzleloader hunts are good options for out-of-state hunters with Unit 75 likely being the best of those. Rifle hunters should consider 39, 63 or 64. The best option is most likely Unit 67 (valid in the entire unit). 

Find your resident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

Find your nonresident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

What can I expect with 10 plus deer preference points?

Residents

Unfortunately, there were no controlled archery hunts that could have been drawn with 10 points that were not also drawn with six points. When looking at the best archery hunts, those are going to be in Units 39 (20 points), 44 (24 points), 65 (12 points), 70/71 late (14 points).

Some of the better options near the 10 point level are for the muzzleloader hunts. Unit 32 was drawn with seven, Unit 39 was drawn with 10 and Units 68 and 70/71 had 56% and 16% odds with 10 points. 

Rifle hunters have very few options for hunts that could not have drawn a few years ago, so you should do some research to see if it's worth staying in the system or giving up a few points and going hunting. The best hunts are Unit 41 November (required 19 to 20 points), Unit 68 (required 14 to 15 points), Unit 54 November hunt (required 17 to 18 points) and the northern Unit 74 hunt (required 13 to 14 points).

Nonresidents

The best controlled archery hunt within range is the August 70/71 hunt that was drawn with eight points. Beyond that, it’s a bleak picture for archery hunts. The Unit 44 hunt had 50% odds with 24 points. The 68 rifle hunt had .005% random odds and required 22 points. The Unit 74 Warner north rifle hunt required 22 to 23 points and had random odds of .009%. The one rifle hunt that may be in reach if you find yourself in this range is 69, which was drawn at 13 to 14 points. 

Find your resident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here

Find your nonresident mule deer controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here


Oregon's 2020 Columbian blacktail deer breakdown

Oregon has some of the best Columbian blacktail hunting up and down the coastal units. Most of the western blacktail deer units have general season archery hunting opportunities and many also have general rifle hunts. There are some limited quota controlled hunts for archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunters. The populations are doing well and, if you are looking for a chance to hunt a unique deer, Oregon offers good hunting. Blacktail deer do not have a management objective based on population. Obtaining an accurate count on the Columbian blacktail deer in the coastal states has proven near impossible using normal counting practices as the dense vegetation makes it very difficult to see and count deer populations. Instead, the states are left to conduct on-the-ground surveys and assess hunter success year after year to make adjustments in the number of permits allocated annually. It is believed that at one point in the early 1980s, there were close to half a million blacktail deer living in Oregon. This number has steadily decreased over the years and it is now believed that the state herd is somewhere around 300,000 to 350,000 total deer. We will cover buck:doe and doe:fawn ratios in the table below. 

Note: There are four units that have established herds of mule deer as well and if a blacktail is the goal, be sure of your target before you pull the trigger. Those units are 30, 31, 41 and 42. Pay close attention to the details of the body as even the most seasoned blacktail hunter can have a hard time identifying a mule deer versus a blacktail on antlers alone, especially on the hoof. Be aware that blacktail bucks harvested from those units would not qualify for Boone & Crockett (B&C). 

Oregon blacktail deer herd composition (most recent data)

Unit Buck:doe ratio Doe:fawn ratio
10-Saddle Mt 22:100 23:100
11-Scappoose 26:100 40:100
12-Wilson 50:100 35:100
14-Trask 19:100 36:100
16-Santiam 22:100 29:100
17-Stott Mt 24:100 41:100
18-Alsea 30:100 38:100
19-Mckenzie 31:100 30:100
20-Siuslaw 25:100 31:100
21-Indigo 40:100 36:100
22-Dixon 38:100 24:100
23-Melrose 18:100 39:100
24-Tioga 14:100 44:100
25-Sixes 14:100 10:100
26-Powers 22:100 82:100
27-Chetco 33:100 43:100
28-Applegate 32:100 48:100
29-Evans Creek 28:100 75:100
30-Rogue 34:100 56:100

 

Top hit list general hunt to consider for 140” or better blacktail deer

Unit Trophy
potential
General Harvest
success
Bucks 4 points+
31-Keno 160”+ Archery 22% 22%
41-White River 160”+ Archery 15% 29%
16-Santiam 150”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
14%
15%
16%
22%
19-McKenzie 150”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
15%
22%
20%
24%
28-Applegate 150”+ Archery
Rifle
21%
21%
29%
29-Evan Creek 150”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
14%
21%
27%
25%
30-Rogue 150”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
11%
20%
16%
34%
42-Hood 150”+ Archery 31% 26%
15-Willamette 140”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
15%
19%
23%
19%
20-Siuslaw 140”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
12%
31%
22%
22%
22-Dixon 140”+ Archery
Rifle
7%
28%
23%
23-Melrose 140”+ Archery
Archery
Rifle
19%
22%
40%
27%
27-Chetco 140”+ Archery
Rifle
30%
32%
20%

 

Top hit list controlled hunts to consider for better blacktail deer

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident
points to draw
Nonresident
points to draw
14-Trask 120”+ Muzzleloader-new 2020 New hunt 2020 New hunt 2020
31-Keno 160”+ Archery-22%
Rife-28%
Rifle-22%
84% with 1
100% with 0
100% with 0
100% with 2
100% with 0
100% with 0
41-White River 160”+ Muzzleloader-65%
Rifle-21%
Rifle-28%
Rifle-93%
89% with 2
39% with 2
67% with 0
55% with 19
No tags allocated
100% with 3
100% with 1
No tags allocated
16-Santiam 150”+ Rifle-16% 100% with 0 100% with 0
19-McKenzie 150”+ Muzzleloader- new 2020
Rifle-13%
New hunt 2020
100% with 0
New hunt 2020
100% with 0
21-Indigo 130”+ Archery-42%
Archery-33%
Muzzleloader-38%
Muzzleloader-67%
Rifle-0%
Rifle-51%
Rifle-100%
100% with 0
50% with 1
74% with 3
100% with 11
100% with 0
37% with 1
100% with 13
75% with 3
100% with 2
No tags allocated
No tags allocated
100% with 0
100% with 17
100% with 16
23-Melrose NA Archery-42%
Archery-33%
Muzzleloader-23%
Muzzleloader-67%
Rifle-51%
Rifle-100%
100% with 0
50% with 1
100% with 0
100% with 11
37% with 1
100% with 13
75% with 3
100% with 2
100% with 0
No tags allocated
100% with 17
100% with 16
28-Applegate 150”+ Muzzleloader-45% 30% with 2 17% with 11
30-Rogue 150”+ Rifle-36% 100% with 0 100% with 0
42-Hood 150”+ Muzzleloader-30%
Rifle-14%
Rifle-18%
Rifle-92%
89% with 2
39% with 2
100% with 0
80% with 13
No tags allocated
100% with 3
100% with 0
100% with 21

B&C entry trends for Oregon Columbian blacktail deer


Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are considered if any part of the unit is found within any part of the county. Data provided below courtesy of Boone and Crockett Club.

Oregon's top B&C producing counties since 2010 for typical Columbian blacktail deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Jackson 9 22282930
Clackamas 5 15, 16
Douglas 3 20212223242629
Lane 3 15, 18, 19, 20, 21

Map of Oregon's typical columbia blacktail deer B&C all time entries 2020

TOP B&C TYPICAL COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER LOCATION ENTRIES SINCE 2015 - Oregon 2020

Oregon's top B&C producing counties since 2010 for nontypical Columbian blacktail deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Linn 1 15, 16, 19

Map of Oregon's nontypical columbia blacktail deer B&C all time entries 2020

TOP B&C NONTYPICAL COLUMBIAN BLACKTAIL DEER LOCATION ENTRIES SINCE 2015 - Oregon 2020


Managing points and expectations

I have 0 deer preference points. What can I expect?

Residents

There are four hunts that have 100% odds with no points: archery 21/22/23/24, muzzleloader 23/25, rifle 16/19/21/22/30/31 and rifle 42. Harvest success for the archery hunt and the muzzleloader is relatively good for those hunts.

Nonresidents

Similar to the options available to residents, nonresidents drew 23/35 muzzleloader, rifle 16/19/21/22/30/31 and rifle 42 with zero points. 

Find your resident Columbian blacktail deer controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

your nonresident Columbian blacktail deer controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

What can I expect with 5 to 6 deer preference points?

Residents

Every hunt is available except for muzzleloader 21/23, rifle 21/23, 41, and the late Unit 42 hunt. Some of the more interesting options might be muzzleloader 21, 28 or rifle in Unit 15 and 41/42. All of those hunts required two or three points so you will be giving up a few points to draw those. The hunts that cannot be drawn required 11, 13 and 19 points in order to draw in 2019. Applicants could decide if they are in it for the long haul to draw one of those or if they just want to cash in and go hunting. 

Nonresidents

Applicants in this range are going to have to decide if they are willing to wait for many more years for one of the tags that is a bit better or if they just want to hunt. Several of the best hunts (41 late rifle, 42 late rifle) are likely to require 22 points plus. There are a couple that fall in at a lower range: Unit 28 muzzleloader required 12 points, 21/22/23/24 rifle required 17 points, and 21/23 required 16 points.

If you want to burn your points and go hunting, the archery hunt on 21/22/23/24 took four points, Unit 15 rifle required three points and the early rifle 41/42 hunt required three points. 

Find your resident Columbian blacktail deer controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

Find your nonresident Columbian blacktail deer controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here


Oregon's 2020 Columbian whitetail deer breakdown

Oregon has the only delisted populations of Columbian whitetail deer in the world. Although there are whitetails scattered up and down the Pacific Northwest, the southwest corner of Oregon holds populations of approximately 2,000 + deer. There are very few tags available each year and that is the reason that these units can be rather difficult to draw.

Oregon Columbian whitetail deer hunts

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
23-Umpqua 120”+ Archery-42%
Rifle-51%
100% with 0
100% with 2
75% with 3
100% with 17
23-N.Bank Habitat 120”+ Archery-33%
Muzzleloader-67%
Rifle-100%
50% with 1
100% with 11
100% with 13
100% with 2
No tags allocated
100% with 16

Oregon's 2020 Northeastern whitetail deer breakdown

Orgeon has a decent population of whitetail deer in the northeastern portion of the state. There are 21 units that offer a chance at a whitetail buck although there are very few hunts/tags that are species specific. Generally, the tags for those units are valid for either a whitetail or mule deer. We will cover the whitetail specific hunts below. Trophy potential is generally average; however, there are a few bigger bucks taken each year. 

Oregon whitetail specific hunts

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
51-Baker 110”+ Muzzleloader-47% 46% with 0 No tags allocated
52-Grande Rhode 110”+ Muzzleloader-new 2020 New 2020 New 2020
57-Sled Springs 130”+ Muzzleloader-new 2020 New 2020 New 2020
57-Lower Wallows Valley 130”+ Rifle-56% 100% with 0 100% with 5

Use Filtering 2.0 for more information about these units and others that have established herds of northwestern whitetail deer.

The three units that likely have the best trophy potential are 54-Mt Emily, 55-Walla Walla, 56-Wenaha and 57-Sled Springs. All of those units have 130”+ trophy potential. Use Filtering 2.0 for more information about these units and others that have established herds of northwestern whitetail deer. Tags for the better trophy potential units are valid for any buck with visible antlers. There are two new muzzleloader hunts: Unit 52 runs Nov. 14 to 29 and Unit 57 runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 13. Both hunts should offer good rut dates. There will be 517 tags for the Unit 52 hunt and 220 for the Unit 57 hunt. Both could offer a chance at a bigger buck.


Oregon's top B&C producing counties all time for typical whitetail deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Wallowa 3 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62
Umatilla 2 44, 48, 49, 54, 55, 56
Union 1 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 60

Map of Oregon's typical whitetail deer B&C all time entries 2019

Oregon's top B&C producing counties all time for nontypical whitetail deer

County No. of
entries
Units found within county
Grant 1 37, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 66, 72

Map of Oregon's nontypical whitetail deer B&C all time entries 2019

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