Make La Pine, Oregon your next destination for a hunting adventure. The land around here opened to licensed hunters includes national forest, high desert, mountain ranges, grasslands and wet lands along with hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, lakes and reservoirs. This variety of habitat enables a diverse range of wildlife to thrive throughout the region.
For abundant bird hunting, choose one of one of Central Oregon’s three hunting preserves listed below, where you will find large populations of pheasants, chukar and quail. Terrain and varieties of cover vary greatly in these preserves, complimenting any skill level, and hunting guides are always available.
If Big Game trophy animals like deer, elk, antelope, cougar, bear and coyote are what you are after, put in for a draw with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and cross your fingers that you will win a tag for the fall hunting season. Units close to Bend include the Upper Deschutes, Ochoco and Grizzly and detailed maps of each region, as well as the required hunting license, are available on the ODFW website.
Bow hunting has gained more and more popularity in Central Oregon in response to a more controlled rifle season. Drawing for a bow hunting tag is still required, and buck deer and elk archery hunts are popular in the Ochoco unit, east of Bend. The Bend Bowmen Archery Club is a great place to get started if you wish to learn more about bow and archery hunting opportunities in the area as well as hone up on your skills before heading into the forest.
If you looking for a chance to learn more about the hunting in Central Oregon be sure to take the time to read some of the great articles written by Gary Lewis. Gary has also become a popular television personality in the region and spends much of his time highlighting the abundant opportunities in the region through his show.