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APPLICATION STRATEGY 2020: Oregon Elk and Antelope

Oregon's 2020 elk and antelope application strategy

Jump to: NEW FOR 2020 State Information Draw System Elk Breakdown Antelope 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 at 11:59 p.m. PST and all applications must be submitted online or at a license sales agent.


New for 2020

  • Many controlled hunts have been consolidated into larger areas and/or have longer time periods (see state brochure for details).
  • New West Cascade general elk season; units east of the Cascade Mountain crest are now in controlled hunts. 
  • No Rocky Mountain elk general first season; the area is now in controlled hunts.
  • New general antlerless elk damage season on private land in chronic agriculture damage areas.
  • 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” ie. urine lures.
  • Leftover tags are no longer available as an additional tag.

Antlerless draw odds

Remember that goHUNT has Draw Odds for all female species. 

Cow Rocky Mountain elk draw odds

Find your resident Rocky Mtn. cow elk draw odds here

Find your nonresident Rocky Mtn. cow elk draw odds here

Cow Roosevelt elk draw odds

Find your resident cow Roosevelt elk draw odds here

Find your nonresident cow Roosevelt elk draw odds here

Doe antelope draw odds

Find your resident doe antelope draw odds here

Find your nonresident doe antelope 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 was drawn last year at five points, it's likely that it will require six points this year as there are more applicants than permits. Be aware of that as you evaluate the draw odds. It helps to review the detailed draw odds pages where you can see five years worth of draw data to help evaluate the likelihood of point creep.

Oregon State Profile Rocky Mtn Elk Profile Roosevelt Elk Profile Antelope 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 up to 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 run 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:
    • 299 - elk point saver
    • 499 - antelope 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

UnitResidentNonresident
Hunting license$34.50$172
Juvenile hunting license$10$10
Application fee/per species$8$8
*Elk (controlled or general)$49.50$588
*Antelope$51.50$393.50
*Tag fees only required if you are successful in the draw.

Drought and snowpack in Oregon

2020

Oregon NRCS snowpack 2020

Oregon current snowpack as of April 22, 2020. Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Oregon drought monitor 2020

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

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, it’s not necessarily a drought, but we would not anticipate records being broken in antler or horn growth either. Overall, this will likely be an average year of moisture and antler growth. 

2019

Oregon drought monitor status as of April 2019

Oregon drought status as of April 30, 2019. Source: US Drought Monitor

The Oregon draw system

Understanding the draw

The elk and antelope draw system is quite simple. First and foremost, nonresidents are allocated a maximum of 3% of the antelope tags and a maximum of 5% of the controlled elk 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 antelope and elk, 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. 

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

Oregon will allow group applications for elk and antelope 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. 

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 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. The season dates for the lucky tag holders are Aug. 1 to Nov. 30 each year. 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 2020 elk breakdown

Oregon offers both Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk hunting opportunities. Roosevelt elk occur throughout the Cascade and Coastal ranges. The central and eastern portions of that state hold plenty of Rocky Mountain elk hunting opportunities, too, and the Rocky Mountain elk populations are generally healthy throughout the state. Roosevelt populations are steady to slightly declining. In the table below, you can see the most current population and bull:cow ratios. 

OREGON ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK POPULATION - updated 2020

Oregon Rocky Mountain elk population (2019)

UnitPopulation estimateBull:cow
ratio
Paulina/E. Fort Rock1,4004:100
Maury70018:100
Ochoco4,20031:100
Grizzly1,30011:100
Maupin/Biggs/Col. Basin1,50018:100
White River1,40010:100
Hood400-
Fossil-13:100
N. Fossil560-
S. Fossil1,700-
Murderers Creek1,900-
Northside2,70012:100
Heppner5,0009:100
Ukiah5,00011:100
Desolation1,1006:100
Sumpter2,39414:100
Starkey3,7506:100
Catherine Creek1,3509:100
Mt Emily3,2009:100
Walla Walla1,7009:100
Wenaha2,70010:100
Sled Springs2,80015:100
Chesnimnus4,00017:100
Snake River4,1006:100
Minam2,50010:100
Imnaha2,00012:100
Pine Creek7739:100
Keating7489:100
Lookout Mt1,20221:100
East Beulah1,200-
West Beulah400-
Malheur River1,55021:100
Silvies2,50012:100
Warner20040:100
High Desert1,70037:100
South Central1,50023:100
Total/Average71,12713:100

OREGON ROOSEVELT ELK POPULATION - updated 2020

Oregon Roosevelt elk population (2019)

UnitPopulation estimateBull:cow ratio
Scappoose1,8178:100
Saddle Mountain6,300-
Wilson4,45016:100
Trask4,55014:100
Stott Mt1,264-
Alsea4,86911:100
Siuslaw3,41726:100
Willamette-28:100
Tioga7,00015:100
Sixes3,50019:100
Powers1,500-
Chetco1,2005:100
Applegate400-
Melrose--
Keno/W. Sprague550-
Upper Deschutes8007:100
Metolius7009:100
Santiam3,000-
Mckenzie1,4414:100
Indigo/W. Ft. Rock2,86115:100
Dixon2,60011:100
Evans Creek800-
Rogue/S. Ft. Rock2,5008:100
Total/Average55,51913:100

B&C entry trends for Oregon Rocky Mountain elk

While Oregon may not be home to the biggest elk in the West, it does offer many great hunts that can occasionally produce record book animals. Below is a list of the top record book producing counties found in the state.

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 Rocky Mountain elk

CountyNo. of
entries
Units found within county
Union249, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 60, 63

Map of Oregon's typical rocky mountain elk B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C typical elk locations since 2010 - Oregon 2020 app strategy

Oregon's top B&C producing counties since 2010 for nontypical Rocky Mountain elk

CountyNo. of
entries
Units found within county
Clackamas142
Umatilla144, 48, 49, 54, 55
Wallowa15355565758596062

Map of Oregon's nontypical rocky mountain elk B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C nontypical rocky mountain elk locations since 2010 - Oregon 2020 app strategy

Hit list units for Rocky Mountain elk in Oregon

Oregon offers very little to the nonresident Rocky Mountain elk applicant who is just getting started in the point game. The best hunts in the state offer very few permits and the point creep is so significant that you may never catch up. Be aware of that as you review the hit list and associated odds.

On the flip side, Oregon might be the most underrated over-the-counter (OTC) elk hunting state in the West. The state offers really good OTC hunting for both species and we will cover the better opportunities for those hunts below and in an opportunity section.

Top hit list units to consider for 320" or better Rocky Mountain elk
(not in order of quality)

UnitTrophy
potential
Harvest successResident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
56 - Wenaha360"+Archery - 44%
Rifle - 67%
Archery - 100% with 20
Rifle - 12% with 18
Archery - 100% with 23
Rifle - 100% with 24
54 - Mt Emily350"+Archery - NA
Rifle - NA
Archery - 61% with 16
Rifle - 96% with 18
Archery -100% with 21
Rifle - 100% with 23
37 - Ochoco340"+Archery - 11%
Rifle - 24%
Rifle - 26%
Archery - 100% with 3
Rifle - 100% with 6
Rifle - 100% with 6
Archery - 100% with 3
Rifle - 100% with 7
Rifle - 100% with 10
55 - Walla Walla340"+Archery - 63%
Rifle - 72%
Rifle - 74%
Archery - 51% with 15
Rifle - 61% with 12
Rifle - 4.8% with16
Archery - N/A
Rifle - 100% with 18
Rifle - N/A
57 - Sled Springs330"+Archery - 26%
Rifle - 37%
Archery - 49% with 6
Rifle - N/A​​​​​​
Archery - 33% with 11
Rifle - 76% with 5
59 - Snake River330"+Rifle - 45%Rifle - 30% with 6Rifle - 13% with 12
48 - Heppner320"+Archery - 30%
Muzzleloader - 27%
Archery - 100% with 2
Muzzleloader - 100% with 10
Archery - 100% with 2
Muzzleloader - N/A
58 - Chesnimmus320"+Archery - 17%
Rifle - 29%
Rifle - 28%
Archery - 100% with 3
Rifle - 71% with 3
Rifle - 44% with 2
Archery - 69% with 3
Rifle - 12% with 3
Rifle - 100% with 3

 

Top hit list units to consider for Roosevelt elk (not in order of quality)

UnitTrophy
potential
Harvest successResident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
10 - Saddle Mt300"+Archery (gen) - 17%
Rifle - 18%
Rifle - 22%
Rifle - 100% with 0
Rifle - 100% with 0
Rifle - 100% with 0
Rifle - 100% with 0
14 - Trask290”+Archery (gen) - 12%
Muzzleloader - 31%
Rifle (gen) - 10%
Muzzleloader - 80% 
with 2
Muzzleloader - 30%
with 2
18 - Alsea280”+Archery (gen) - 12%
Rifle - 40%
Rifle - 94% with 3Rifle - 100% with 4
24 - Tioga280”+Archery (gen) - 12%
Archery - 9%
Muzzleloader - 23%
Rifle - 13%
Rifle - 14%
Archery - 100% with
0
Muzzleloader -
72% with 1
Rifle - 100% with 0
Rifle - 100% with 0
Archery - 100% with
0
Muzzleloader - 72%
with 1
Rifle - 100% with 0
Rifle - 100% with 0
25 - Sixes280"+Archery (gen) - 26%
Rifle - 36%
Rifle - 55%
Rifle - 69% with 1
Rifle - 57% with 0
Rifle - 64% with 4
Rifle - 33% with 5
26 - Powers270”+Archery - 18%
Rifle - 43%
Archery - 18% with 
2
Rifle - 38% with 3
Archery - 50% with
11
Rifle - 67% with 5
27 - Chetco270”+Archery (gen) - 11%
Rifle - 24%
Rifle - 23%
Rifle - 23% with 1
Rifle - 68% with 1
Rifle - 100% with 2
Rifle - 18% with 1

 

Good general season elk hunting opportunities

UnitTrophy
potential
Harvest successPublic land
%
60 - Minam320”+Archery - 18%74%
61 - Imnaha310+”Archery - 15%75%
62 - Pine Creek300”+Archery - 20%76%
63 - Keating300”+Archery 18%57%
47 - Northside310+”Archery - 15%41%
51 - Sumpter310+”Archery - 15%46%
*10 - Saddle Mt300”+Archery - 17%27%
*11 - Scappoose300”+Rifle - 18%
Rifle - 16%
10%
*23 - Melrose260”+Archery - 13%
Rifle - 13%
16%
*25 - Sixes280”+Archery - 26%33%
*28 - Applegate270”+Archery - 16%60%

*Roosevelt elk hunt areas

Managing points and expectations

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

Residents

Rocky Mountain elk

Residents just starting to apply this year have some options for both archery and muzzleloader bull elk hunting. For bowhunters, you have six hunts that had 100% odds with no points, three of which are valid for spike bull only. The other three options (Unit 36, 39 and 74) all have historically low harvest success ranging from 0% to 3% typically for 36 and 39. Unit 74 did have 7% harvest in 2019, but that is a very tough hunt with a small elk population occurring in a complex mix of private and public. If you are not hung up on trophy potential, the spike only hunts are worth considering in three of the state’s best units. 

Rifle hunters with no points have many more options. A quick search within the INSIDER research platform yields eight units that have harvest success of 20% or greater that also have 100% odds with no points. Of those units, three also were composed of 50% or greater public land. Some units/hunts worth exploring are Units 54, 60, 59, 51, and 65.

Applicants interesting in hunting Roosevelt bulls might research Unit 10, 24, 25 and 26. Of those, Unit 10 and 25 had controlled rifle success greater than 20%. The other areas had success at or greater than 10%. Before applying for these, make sure you do a review of the land ownership and find possible places to hunt. 

Nonresidents

When considering getting started with an elk application in Oregon, it’s worth looking at the odds and doing some research into the potential Oregon has to offer. Unfortunately, applicants have very little chance to draw because of the limited number of permits allocated to nonresident hunters. A handful of points will open up a lot of doors, but the reality is that the best hunts are mostly beyond you at this point. 

When you review the odds, you will see that once you are past about five points, you are heading into no man’s land and your point total will not be increasing the number of hunts you can draw for a very long time — if ever. It would be best to swing for the fence with the premium hunt choice while targeting a much more realistic goal that you could hunt on a more regular basis than blindly applying for a hunt that is likely to continue to creep indefinitely.

There are some options if you just want to give Oregon elk hunting a try. Applicants looking at Rocky Mountain elk hunting opportunities with no points might research Unit 48, 60 and 65. All three had rifle hunts that were drawn with no points and harvest success rates approaching or greater than 20%. Unit 60 encompasses the famed Eagle Cap Wilderness; however, be prepared if you plan on taking on this remote terrain. 

Applicants considering Roosevelt elk might consider rifle hunts in Unit 10 and 24. Once again, having a place to hunt and knowing when public access may exist is critical. Both hunts had greater than 20% harvest success. 

Note: Even if you do not have any points, don’t forget that Oregon offers really good general season OTC tags. It may be worth building some points and cutting your teeth on OTC hunts for a few years.

Find your resident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

Find your nonresident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

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

Residents

Rocky Mountain elk 

There are only five controlled archery hunts that you are not guaranteed to draw. Of those, a couple are close and worth considering, which are Unit 57 - Sled Springs and 52 - Starkey. If you find yourself with six points, it might be worth chasing one of those hunts a couple of years until you draw. Otherwise, you will be giving up a few points only to draw a lesser hunt.

Once again, muzzleloader hunters have options, but you will be giving up some points to hunt a unit like 35/77 or 60. The best opinion for muzzleloader hunters is Unit 48, but that will require 10 plus points. 

Rifle hunters have many options. Some of the more intriguing are in 37 - Ochoco and 59, although those might take another year or two worth of points. Unit 49, 52, 57, 58, 61 and 65 all have rifle hunts that can be drawn. Some of those will require you to give up a few points, but if you want to go hunting this fall, those are all within reach. 

All controlled archery and muzzleloader hunts can be drawn with three to four points. Every rifle hunt can be drawn with the exception of Unit 23, which required 12 points to be guaranteed a tag last year. Some of the better options would be 15/18 and 26

Nonresidents

Rocky Mountain elk 

Nonresident bowhunters have many options, but will be giving up several points to draw them. The best option is likely Unit 58, which required four points last year. All of the other hunts that could have been drawn were drawn with two points. Unit 52 had 100% odds with seven points. If you have five or six points, it might be worth waiting for it. 

The best muzzleloader hunts for this point range are 34/38/39/77 and 60. Both of those hunts were drawn with three points last year. Rifle hunters should consider Unit 36, 37, 38, 41, 46, 48, 49, 52, 57 and 61.

Roosevelt elk

If you are interested in burning your points on a Roosevelt elk hunt, there are only a few hunts you cannot draw. Those are the archery hunt in Unit 26 and the rifle hunt in Unit 23 and 26. Some of the better options for your points are rifle hunts in 15/18 and the two hunts in 25.

Find your resident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

Find your nonresident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

What can I expect with 10 plus elk preference points?

Residents

Rocky Mountain elk 

Every archery hunt could be drawn except for the big three: 54, 55 and 56. Those required 17, 16 and 21 points to draw in 2019. If you have 10 points and decide you do not want to continue to play the point game, Unit 57 was drawn with seven points. 

All muzzleloader hunts were available with 10 points, including Unit 48, which is one of the best plays at the 10 point level. Rifle hunters might consider Unit 38, which has two hunts that required seven points. Unit 52 (Starkey Experimental Forest) required 13 points. Unit 54 required 19 points. Unit 55 has two rifle seasons that required 13 and 17 points. Unit 56 took 19 points. 

Nonresidents

Rocky Mountain elk

Archery elk hunters considering Unit 54, 56 and 57 would be interested that those took 21, 23 and 13 points. If you have 10 points, it might be worth chasing Unit 57 archery. 

Rifle hunters should consider Unit 37, which was drawn with 10 points. Unit 52 (Starkey Experimental Forest) required 17 points. Rifle hunts in 54, 55 and 56 had hunts that took 23, 18 and 24 points. One of the better options is Unit 59, which had a late rifle hunt that required 14 points.

Find your resident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here

Find your nonresident Rocky Mtn. elk controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here


B&C entry trends for Oregon Roosevelt elk

Oregon ranks #1 for the most Roosevelt elk B&C entries in the West. Below is a list of the top record book producing counties found in the state.


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 Roosevelt elk

CountyNo. of
entries
Units found within county
Douglas920, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29
Coos724, 25, 26
Tillamook512, 14
Columbia310, 11
Yamhill314, 15 
Clatsop210, 12

Map of Oregon's Roosevelt elk B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C Roosevelt elk locations all time - Oregon 2020 app strategy

Oregon's 2020 antelope breakdown

Oregon has done a really good job in managing their antelope herds. In the early 2000s, populations were as low as 5,000. However, populations seemed to have peaked around 2016 at approximately 22,337 and the current statewide population is estimated at 18,744.

OREGON ANTELOPE POPULATION SIZE - Updated 2020

Oregon offers good trophy potential across the state and the reality is that a good moisture year could result in several 80”+ bucks. There are units that have historically had better trophy potential; however, a big buck could pop up in any unit. 

If there is some bad news for antelope hunting in Oregon, it’s that up to only 3% of the tags can be drawn by nonresidents and good tags will take 15 to 25 years to draw. If you are a nonresident who is buying the nonrefundable hunting license to apply for other species, it’s a good idea to also apply for antelope for the minimal application fee. With that, let’s dive into the populations and goHUNT hit list.

Oregon antelope population estimates (2019)

UnitPopulationBuck:doe ratio
63 - Keating150-
64 - Lookout Mt140-
51 - Sumpter150-
35 - Paulina2008:100
70 - E Beatys Butte2,00040:100
71 - Juniper1,600-
72 - Silvies1,400-
69 - Steens Mt1,700-
44 - Columbia Basin--
45 - Fossil--
48 - Heppner--
46 - Murderers Cr10816:100
47 - Northside100-
77 - Fort Rock-50:100
Hart Mountain1,307-
75 - Interstate60021:100
32 - Klamath Falls280-
76 - Silver Lake180-
33 - Sprague150-
70 - W Beatys Butte1,05440:100
74 - Warner1,22533:100
73 - Wagontire1,00047:100
65 - Beulah20027:100
66 - Malheur River2,000-
67 - Owyhee70037:100
68 - Whitehorse2,50029:100
Total/average18,74434:100

B&C entry trends for Oregon antelope


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 antelope

CountyNo. of
entries
Units found within county
Harney665666869707172
Lake535367071727374757677
Baker351636465
Malheur25165666768
Deschutes13536387273
Jefferson138

Map of Oregon's antelope B&C all time entries 2020

Top B&C antelope locations since 2010 - Oregon 2020 app strategy

Hit list units for antelope in Oregon

Top hit list units to consider for 75" or better antelope
(not in order of quality)

UnitTrophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident points
to draw
Nonresident points
to draw
68 - Whitehorse80"+Rifle - 92%100% with 15100% with 20
69 - Steens Mt80"+Rifle - 82%48% with 1450% with 19
70 - Beatys Butte80"+Archery (HM) - 79%
Archery (WB) - 35%
Muzzleloader (EB) -
44%
Rifle (EB)- 74%
Rifle (WB) - 92%
Rifle (WB) - New
Rifle (HM) - 97%
100% with 15
11% with 8
95% with 9
91% with 15
61% with 18
New
15% with 22
100% with 19
100% with 10
100% with 15
100% with 21
50% with 23
New
50% with 24
71 - Juniper80"+Archery - 79%
Rifle - 80%
Rifle - 100%
6% with 14
52% with 17
15% with 22
100% with 19
25% with 21
50% with 24
73 - Wagontire80"+Archery - 50%
Muzzleloader - 31%
Rifle (NW) - 90%
Rifle (SW)- 85%
100% with 10
14% with 9
43% with 15
12% with 17
100% with 10
100% with 13
100% with 19
33% with 19
74 - Warner80"+Archery - 43%
Rifle - 97%
Rifle - 87%
75% with 10
37% with 16
80% with 15
100% with 15
100% with 23
50% with 19
32 - Klamath Falls75"+Archery - 12%
Muzzleloader - 13%
91% with 1
57% with 5
100% with 2
100% with 12
36 - Maury75"+Archery - 28%
Rifle - 82%
59% with 3
93% with 13
14% with 3
100% with 15
51 - Sumpter75"+Rifle - 75%100% with 10100% with 13
64 - Lookout Mt75"+Archery - 0%
Rifle - 100%
85% with 3
80% with 13
100% with 4
100% with 14
65 - Beulah75”+Rifle - 46%16% with 1250% with 14
66 - Malheur River75”+Archery - 15%
Rifle - 69%
Rifle - 62%
73% with 2
88% with 12
19% with 10
NA
100% with 17
100% with 13
67 - Owyhee75”+Archery - 14%
Rifle - 68%
24% with 2
19% with 12
100% with 15
50% with 18
72 - Silvies75”+Rifle - 62%
Rifle - 84%
12% with 13
66% with 12
100% with 14
100% with 13
75 - Interstate75”+Archery - 13%
Archery - 33%
Muzzleloader - 12%
Rifle - 62%
91% with 1
100% with 0
57% with 5
75% with 11
100% with 2
100% with 3
100% with 12
100% with 15
76 - Silver Lake75”+Muzzleloader - 40%
Rifle - 79%
39% with 4
60% with 10
100% with 9
100% with 11
77 - Fort Rock75”+Muzzleloader - 33%
Rifle - 79%
39% with 4
60% with 10
100% with 9
100% with 11

Managing points and expectations

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

Residents

There are two archery antelope hunts that had 100% odds with no points: Unit 75 and 76/77. There are five other archery hunts that have double digit random odds with Unit 32/33/75/77 having 33% odds with no points. Applicants can consider applying for the top trophy units and hope to get lucky in the draw or explore the hunts listed above. 

Muzzleloader and rifle hunters have no guarantee to draw. The muzzleloader hunt on 32/33/75/77 had random odds of 6.3%. Unit 76/77 also had 8.7% random odds. No rifle hunt had random odds greater than 3% with no points.

Nonresidents

Unit 77 archery had 100% with no points. No other archery hunt had odds greater than 3% with no points. There were no hunts that offered a random chance to nonresident muzzleloader hunters. Only six of the total rifle hunts offered a random chance at a tag. Unit 47/48 rifle had the best random odds at 1.1%.

Find your resident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

Find your nonresident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 0 points here

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

Residents

The best archery option at this point range is in Unit 35, which was guaranteed with five points. Archery hunts in 36 and 64 could also have been drawn with three to four points.

Muzzleloader hunters should consider 32/33/75/77 and 76/77 — both of which were drawn at six and five points. Rifle hunters still have a very hard time trying to draw a tag. The best odds are in Unit 66 and are 2.8%.

Nonresidents

Five archery antelope hunts could be drawn, including Unit 35, 36 and 64, which are the best options for bowhunters in that range.

No muzzleloader hunts were available. Rifle hunters can consider applying for one of the six units that had a random tag available to nonresidents. Those are Unit 38, 43/44/45/48, 47/48, 51, 63 and 64. None of those had odds greater than 1.1%.

Find your resident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

Find your nonresident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 6 points here

What can I expect with 10 plus antelope preference points?

Residents

There are a few quality archery hunts available: Unit 70 West Beatys with nine points and Unit 73 with 10 points. Unit 74 also had 75% odds with 10 points. 

Every muzzleloader hunt is available — the two most intriguing being Unit 70 and 73. Both hunts required nine to 10 points to draw last year. Rifle hunters finally have some options. Unit 45 was drawn with eight points. Unit 46 had 100% odds with 10 points; Unit 43/44/45/48 had 80% odds also at the 10 point level. At the 12 to 15 point level, there are several more rifle hunts available, including Unit 35, 36, 37, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 72 and 75. If you have your mind set on the best hunts in the state, review the tables above and the detailed draw odds page to see what your chances might be and how long the wait could possibly be.

Nonresidents

With 10 points, the two best archery hunts available are in Unit 70 and 73. Both offer good hunts if you do not want to continue to chase the best of the best.

Muzzleloader hunters might consider Unit 35, which was available at 11 points. Unit 76/77 was also drawn at nine points. The other muzzleloader hunts were drawn at the 12 to 15 point levels. Rifle hunters had several options with 11 points, including hunts in 38, 43/44/48, 45, and 76/77. There are a few more options available in the 12 to 15 point level. Review the draw odds to see your best bets. The best hunts in the state will require 20 to 24 points.

Find your resident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here

Find your nonresident antelope controlled hunt draw odds with 10 points here

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