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APPLICATION STRATEGY 2021: Oregon Deer

OREGON'S 2021 DEER APPLICATION OVERVIEW

Jump to: NEW FOR 2021 State Information Draw System Mule Deer Breakdown Columbian Blacktail Deer Breakdown Columbian Whitetail Deer Breakdown Whitetail Deer Breakdown

Note: The application deadline in Oregon for all species is May 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST and all applications must be submitted online or at a license sales agent.


New for 2021

  • All archery deer hunting in eastern Oregon is by draw and are controlled hunts.
  • Eastern Oregon-controlled archery deer tags are not valid in the western Oregon general archery season. 
  • Eastern Oregon-controlled archery deer tags are valid only in the unit(s) identified for each hunt.

Antlerless opportunities

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Antlerless mule deer draw odds

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Antlerless blacktail deer draw odds

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Antlerless whitetail draw odds

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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.

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

Important dates and information

  • You can apply online here.
  • The deadline to apply is May 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 
  • Results will be available by June 20, 2021.
  • 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 a 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 $172.00
Juvenile hunting license $10.00 $10.00
Application fee/per species $8.00 $8.00
*Deer (controlled or general) $28.50 $443.50

*Tag fees only required if you are successful in the draw.

Snowpack in Oregon

2021

Oregon 2021 NRCS

Oregon snow water equivalent as of April 26, 2021. Source: NRCS

In 2021, Oregon has fared better than many other western states in terms of snowpack, but the drought lingers and continues to worsen with the winter months behind us. In terms of the current snowpack, every portion of the state is having a better year when compared to 2020 except for Lake County/Goose Lake, Malheur and Owyhee. The northern portion of the state is at 100% of the annual average and several areas are over 120%. The southern half of the state has not done nearly as well and the southeastern portion is really struggling, sitting in the 60% range.

2020

Oregon NRCS snowpack 2020

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

Current drought status

2021

Oregon 2021 Drought Monitor

Oregon drought monitor status as of April 20, 2021. Source: US Drought Monitor

The drought outlook is not good with the bulk of the state in some stages of drought from abnormally dry to severely dry. The south-central part of the state is experiencing extreme and exceptional drought conditions. Overall, the central part of the state is very dry. Going into the hunting seasons of 2021, it will likely be an average to below-average antler growth year.

2020

Oregon drought monitor 2020

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

The Oregon draw system

Understanding the draw

Oregon’s deer draw works on a preference point hybrid system. There is both a preference point and a random draw portion. Out of the total tags, 75% are allocated to the highest point holders who apply for any given hunt and the other 25% are randomly allocated with no weight given to the number of points that you have. On the random side of that draw, every applicant is on a level playing field for those tags. Note: if there are only three or less for any particular hunt, those will be given to the highest point applicants. 

Preference point only

If applicants wish to build points only, then they can apply with the point only code as their first choice. In this scenario, applicants will use the point saver code 199 for antlered deer and 699 for antlerless as their first choice. 

Choices

Oregon will allow applicants to enter five hunt choices. Every applicant's first choice is considered before moving to an applicant's second choice, so on and so forth. Preference points are only purged if an applicant draws their first choice. There is no waiting period for reapplying for deer if you drew a tag the previous year. 

Group applications

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 or above and down to the whole number if the average is .50 or below. A group application is treated as a single application where, if selected, all applicants will receive a tag provided there are enough tags to satisfy the size of the group. If there are not enough tags, no one on that application will receive a tag. 

Purchasing tags and tag return

If you are successful in drawing a tag, you have up until the day before the earliest hunt starts to purchase the tag. Once you have purchased the tag, you cannot return the tag for a refund. 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 premium hunts 

In addition to the regular controlled hunt drawing, Oregon offers a separate draw for hunts that they call premium hunts. This is a completely separate hunt drawing that allows tag holders to hunt extended season dates with any weapon. These hunts are 100% randomly drawn each year and there are no preference or bonus points attached to the application. There is no resident or nonresident quota. Standard application fees exist and the applicant can apply for five different choices on their application. They are only allowed to apply once per species (hunt code).


Oregon's 2021 mule deer breakdown

Oregon manages their mule deer hunts heavily skewed towards opportunity. Trophy hunts are few and far between and the opportunities to hunt a mature buck are slim. For nonresidents, those hunts are even more rare given that the percentage of good tags is so low. To add to that, mule deer occupy the central and eastern portions of the state. As previously stated, the eastern portion of the state, which had been previously available for archery hunters as a general tag, are now going to be allocated in the draw as controlled tags. The statewide mule deer population has been on a continuous slide for years and the most recent population estimates are down once again. Statewide, the estimated population is 176,017, which is almost 60,000 fewer deer since 2015. 

OREGON MULE DEER POPULATION SIZE - Updated 2021

If you live in a neighboring state and are looking for an opportunity to hunt mule deer, Oregon still offers decent odds. Hunters just need to have their expectations in check and understand that the opportunity to hunt and harvest a deer are decent, but the chance at a big buck is not likely to happen. 

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
39 - Metolius 180”+ Archery: 17%
Archery (late): 56%
Muzzleloader: 67%
Rifle: 30%
New draw hunt
24% with 19
18% with 8
26% with 4
New draw hunt
100% with 22
100% with 20
100% with 5
36 - Maury 180”+ Archery: 20%
Rifle: 26%
100% with 0
43% with 1
100% with 0
43% with 1
64 - Lookout Mt 180”+ Archery: 35%
Rifle: 68%
New draw hunt
45% with 3
New draw hunt
17% with 6
65 - Beulah 180”+ Archery: 18%
Archery (late): 38%
Rifle: 45%
New draw hunt
54% with 12
70% with 2
New draw hunt
100% with 20
67% with 2
67 - Owyhee 180”+ Archery: 26%
Rifle: 42%
Rifle: 32%
New draw hunt
68% with 3
96% with 1
New draw hunt
40% with 6
17% with 1
68 - Whitehorse 180”+ Archery: 29%
Trad. archery: 10%
Muzzleloader: 22%
Rifle: 65%
Rifle: 41%
New draw hunt
100% with 0
91% with 11
84% with 15
27% with 1
New draw hunt
100% with 0
100% with 21
100% with 22
44% with 4
69 - Steens Mt 180”+ Archery: 16%
Rifle: 45%
New draw hunt
18% with 6
New draw hunt
100% with 13
70 - Beatys Butte 180”+ Archery: 11%
Archery: 13%
Archery: 29%
Archery (late): 0%
Muzzleloader: 54%
Rifle: 35%
42% with 5
100% with 3
New draw hunt
100% with 12
100% with 11
100% with 3
100% with 10
100% with 8
New draw hunt
100% with 13
100% with 18
60% with 9
71 - Juniper 180”+ Archery: 0%
Archery: 0%
Archery: 7%
Archery (late): 0%
Muzzleloader: 0%
Rifle: 25%
Rifle: 16%
42% with 5
100% with 3
New draw hunt
100% with 12
100% with 11
100% with 1
57% with 1
100% with 10
100% with 8
New draw hunt
100% with 13
100% with 18
100% with 1
57% with 1
72 - Silvies 180”+ Archery: 17%
Muzzleloader: 16%
Rifle: 37%
New draw hunt
100% with 3
57% with 4
New draw hunt
100% with 4
54% with 4
74 - Warner 180”+ Archery: 52%
Archery: 0%
Rifle: 61%
Rifle: 30%
75% with 4
100% with 0
36% with 14
32% with 1
72% with 4
100% with 0
100% with 22
14% with 2

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 and consider applying for one of the formerly general season hunts.

Best mule deer hunts with 100% odds with 0 points or new draw in 2021

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
% bucks 4 point+
60 - Minam 170”+ *Archery: 19%
Rifle: 32%
45%
61 - Imnaha 160”+ *Archery: 13%
Rifle: 31%
31%
62 - Pine Creek 170”+ *Archery: 22% 20%
63 - Keating 170”+ *Archery: 23% 39%
42 - Hood 160”+ *Archery: 31% 23%
31 - Keno 160”+ Rifle: 29% 22%
32 - Klamath Falls 170”+ *Archery: 27% 29%
33 - Sprague 160”+ Rifle: 100% 18%
37 - Ochoco 180”+ Archery: New in 2020 27%
54/55/56 170”+ Archery: 14% (56) 24%
48 - Heppner 170”+ Muzzleloader: 15%
Rifle: 15%
27%
49 - Ukiah 160”+ Rifle: 15% 36%
57 - Sled Springs 160”+ Rifle: 27% 35%
58 - Chesnimnus 170”+ Rifle: 31% 33%

*Hunts that were general season in 2020 that will be draw hunts in 2021.

The other method in locating a hidden gem is with resources like Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds. It has never been easier to locate a unit that fits your individual goals. You can pour over information like trophy potential, draw odds percentages, buck:doe ratios and a 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.


Managing points and expectations

What can I expect with 0 deer preference points?

Residents

Out of the 86 hunts available to residents, 20 could have been drawn with no points. Archery hunts in Unit 36, 37, 54/55/56 and 74 are good options with good trophy potential. Also remember that there are 38 new archery draw hunts that were formerly available as a general tag. We do not know what the demand and odds will be for those hunts because they are new for this year, but most should have good odds with no points. Unit 57, 58, 60, and 61 all had rifle hunts that had 100% odds with no points and harvest success rates of 25% or more. Unit 60 and 61 both have nearly 75% public land as well. 

Other options include Unit 31, 40, 43, 44 and 45. Those areas offer the opportunity to draw a tag, but are limited in the amount of public land. Unit 31 has 41% public land. The others range from 6% to 15% public land. Those can be great hunts if you can find access, but without it those can be tough areas to hunt. 

The other option, if you have no points, is to take a swing for the fence approach. With the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) 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.

Nonresidents

There were five 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 and 54/55/56. Once again, there are many hunts that were general archery that are now draw tags. We cannot say those will be guaranteed but there are some good options there, including archery 60, 61, 62, and 63. Muzzleloader hunts in Unit 45 and 48 are also worth considering.

From the table above, there are also rifle hunts that nonresidents can draw with no points. You might consider Unit 31, 57 and 58.

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 is one of the most intriguing options within this point range and could have been drawn with six points. The Unit 74 - Warner (north Warner) archery hunt is another good option. The best muzzleloader hunts are in Unit 41/42, 72, 75 and 75/77. Rifle hunters should consider Unit 39, 46, 63, 64 or 72

Nonresidents

The Unit 74 - Warner (north Warner) hunt is the best archery option with five to six points. Muzzleloader hunters should consider Unit 41/42, 72 and 76/77. Rifle hunters can research Unit 68 (east Whitehorse) 72, 39 or, possibly, even 63 and 46

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, with 10 points, applicants are in no man's land. The best archery hunt available would be the 70/71 early archery hunt with six plus points. When looking at the best archery hunts, those are going to be in Unit 39 (20 points), 44 (25 points), 65 (13 points) and 70/71 late (12 points).

Some of the better options near the 10-point level are for the muzzleloader hunts. Unit 32 was drawn with 10 points, Unit 39 was drawn with nine points. Unit 68 late muzzleloader had 100% with 12 points and 70/71 had 56% and 100% odds with 11 points.

Rifle hunters might research Unit 42 and 43 late season, 74 (north warner) or Unit 68 (Trout Creek Mtns) with 12 to 16 points. The best hunts are Unit 41 November (required 20 to 21 points) and Unit 54 November hunt (required 18 to 19 points).

Nonresidents

The best controlled archery hunt within range is the August 70/71 hunt that was drawn with eight to 10 points. Beyond that, it’s a bleak picture for archery hunts. The Unit 44 hunt had 100% odds with 25 points. The archery Unit 39 hunt required 22 points. 

The Unit 70 rifle hunt was the best option with 10 points. The Unit 64 and 67 rifle hunts were other good hunts with 10 points although both were drawn with seven points. The Unit 41 and 54 November hunts required 22 points as did Unit 68 (Trout Creek Mtns) and 74 (North Warner). The Unit 43 November hunt took 21 points. The Unit 48 November hunt required 23. 

The 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 2021 Columbian blacktail deer breakdown

Oregon’s blacktail populations are doing well and most of the units are offering general season over-the-counter (OTC) tags for both archery and rifle hunts. There are also some limited quota controlled hunts for archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunters. The populations are doing well although Oregon does not have a blacktail deer 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. 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 as blacktail. Those units are 30, 31, 41 and 42. Be aware that blacktail bucks harvested from those units would not qualify for 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 controlled hunts to consider for better blacktail deer

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
41 - White River 160”+ Muzzleloader: 65%
Rifle: 21%
Rifle: 28%
Rifle: 93%
37% with 2
27% with 2
41% with 0
56% with 20
100% with 4
100% with 3
41% with 0
100% with 22
31 - Keno 160”+ Archery: 22%
Rifle: 29%
Rifle: 22%
89% with 1
100% with 0
97% with 0
75% with 2
100% with 0
97% with 0
28 - Applegate 150”+ Muzzleloader: 45% 23% with 2 67% with 12
42 - Hood 150”+ Muzzleloader: 30%
Rifle: 14%
Rifle: 18%
Rifle: 92%
37% with 2
27% with 2
100% with 0
100% with 12
100% with 4
100% with 3
100% with 0
No tags
30 - Rogue 150”+ Rifle: 36% 100% with 0 100% with 0
23 - Melrose 140”+ Archery: 42%
Archery: 33%
Muzzleloader: 24%
Muzzleloader: 67%
Rifle: 51%
Rifle: 100%
100% with 0
49% with 1
100% with 0
100% with 11
82% with 2
50% with 13
100% with 1
No tags
100% with 0
100% with 20
No tags
No tags

 

Top hit list general hunt to consider for 130” or better blacktail deer

Unit Trophy
potential
General seasons Harvest success Bucks 4 points+
29 - Evans Creek 150”+ Archery
Rifle
21%
27%
27%
28 - Applegate 150”+ Archery
Rifle
21%
21%
34%
19 - McKenzie 150”+ Archery
Rifle
15%
20%
24%
30 - Rogue 150”+ Archery
Rifle
20%
16%
32%
23 - Melrose 140”+ Archery
Rifle
19%
40%
29%
27 - Chetco 140”+ Archery
Rifle
30%
32%
20%
20 - Siuslaw 140”+ Archery
Rifle
31%
22%
28%
22 - Dixon 140”+ Archery
Rifle
7%
28%
28%
21 - Indigo 130”+ Archery
Rifle
29%
26%
30%
24 - Tioga 130”+ Archery
Rifle
17%
23%
22%

Managing points and expectations

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

Residents

Residents had four hunts that could have been drawn with no points. Those hunts are archery 21/22/23/24, muzzleloader 23 and rifle 16/19/21/22/30/31 and 42. Harvest success for the archery hunt and the muzzleloader is relatively good for those hunts.

Nonresidents

Muzzleloader controlled hunts in Unit 23 and rifle hunts in 16/19/21/22/30/31 and 42 were all drawn with no 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, 41/42 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, 14 and 21 points in order to draw in 2020. 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

If you want to burn your points and go hunting, the archery hunt in Unit 31 took three points, Unit 27 and 41/42 muzzleloader required 4 points. The early rifle 41/42 hunt required three points.

Several of the best hunts (41 late rifle, 42 late rifle) are likely to require 22 points plus or in the case of 42 late, there was not a nonresident tag at all. Unit 28 muzzleloader required 13 points, which was likely the best hunt if you are in the 13 to 20 point range.

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 2021 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
82% with 2
100% with 1
No tags
23 - N.Bank Habitat 120”+ Archery: 33%
Muzzleloader: 67%
Rifle: 100%
100% with 2
100% with 11
50% with 13
No applications
100% with 20
No tags

Oregon's 2021 Northeastern whitetail deer breakdown

Oregon 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% 93% with 1 93% with 1
52 - Grande Rhode 110”+ Muzzleloader: New for 2020 100% with 0 100% with 0
57 - Sled Springs 130”+ Muzzleloader: New for 2020 83% with 0 83% with 0

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

The four 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. Tags for the better trophy potential units are valid for any buck with visible antlers.

Find your resident whitetail deer controlled hunt draw odds here

Find your nonresident whitetail deer controlled hunt draw odds here

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