Northside Unit Private Land

These hunting properties are located in the Northside GMU west of John Day Oregon. There are numerous different sections totaling over 25,000 acres. We have archery elk hunts, rifle bull elk hunts and rifle cow elk hunts. The cow hunts start in early August and run through March of the following year. Tags are guaranteed for all hunts.

Jerry’s place – 3700 acres situated about a mile north of the John day river. Generally hunting elk that are coming to and from the alfalfa fields, they will often bed on this property during the daytime. Numerous large juniper covered draws and year round water sources.

Brooks ranch – Over 16,000 acres total with a mix of open country, juniper, and big pine forests. The sections are bordered by both public and private lands. This land has some of the best elk hunting to be had in the Northside unit.

Mt. Vernon Ranch – This ranch is about 4000 acres in size and borders the Brooks Ranch on 2 sides, there is very nice log cabin just up fall creek and then another house as well we will be using for lodging. This is another excellent elk/deer hunting ranch.

Cow Elk Hunts

The cow elk hunts will start August 1st and run through March 31st of the following year. We will hunt cows from August 1st- 15th and then again from Nov. 19th – March 31st. This cow hunt takes place on private land only. This is a 2 day hunt with a maximum of 4 hunters during the August dates. We will hunt on Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday during the November- March Dates. This is a guided hunt. You are expected to arrive the day before your hunt. You are responsible for your own food and lodging. The closest town is John Day Oregon and its located about 20 minutes from the hunt location. Contact outfitter for details on obtaining a tag. License and tag fees are in addition to the hunt cost.

Amanda's cow
KIds Cow
Terry's Cow

Dates Description Availability COST
August 1st - March 31st 2 day hunt contact outfitter $1300

All of our hunting takes place on private land. During the 1st and 2nd and 3rd weeks of the season we have a tree stand/ground blind hunt on 10,000 acres of private land. This will include lodging at either our cabin or in canvas tents (spike camps) on the property. If you are a proficient elk hunter who likes to do it themselves this is a great hunt. You will be responsible for your own food/beverage but we will supply cots, cooking stoves, etc. Direction on how to hunt the ranch and a map of blind/tree stand locations will be provided to you. We have numerous proven tree stands and blinds already in place. Patience is the key to be successful during this time of year. The temperature is generally 80-90 degrees or sometimes hotter. The elk will still be on their summer patterns and won’t have been pressured, so sitting over water or near wallows is the best bet. Trail camera pictures tell the story year after year, if you sit, odds are in your favor.  We will be in touch with you on a daily basis during these hunts, if you harvest or wound an animal we will be there to help in the retrieval process. We have a skinning station and walk in cooler available for your use.

During the 3rd and 4th  weeks of the season we will have a tree/stand ground blind hunt as well as our fully outfitted hunts. On the fully outfitted hunts you will hunt over 25,000 acres of private lands throughout the Northside Unit. You will stay in our 3 bedroom house and everything will be provided. Depending on animal movement, moon phases, and estrus cycles will determine how your hunt will progress each day. We take everything into consideration when planning a days hunt.

You can take advantage of a 1 on 1 hunting opportunity or a 2 on 1 hunting opportunity. If you book a 1 on 1 hunt one of our guides will be dedicated to you for the entire hunt. You need to prepare yourself to go from daylight to dusk and be in good physical condition. We hunt elevations between 2000-7000 ft.  If you choose to book a 2 on 1 hunt I request there be 2 of you in your party. I don’t like putting 2 guys together that don’t know each other as this just makes for an uncomfortable hunt when that bull walks in at 10 yards and one guy gets a shot and the other doesn’t. I am sure if you are an archery hunter you know what I am talking about. Its much easier to congratulate your friend rather than some guy you don’t know.

The Northside Unit is located in Grant County. Statistics show that Grant County has one of the largest populations of elk in the State of Oregon. These hunts are a full 6 days of hunting with departure being the morning of the 7th day.

I can’t stress enough on preparation for this hunt. You need to be proficient with your weapon and you need to be physically prepared to put boots on the ground. Enough said.

Chris' bull 2015
photo 2

Dates Description Price
August 26th - September 1st Tree stand/ground blind $3000
September 2nd- 8th Tree stand/ground blind $3000
September 9th - 15th Tree stand/ground blind $3000
September 9th- 15th 2 on 1 hunt $4700
September 18th - 24th 2 on 1 hunt $4700
September 18th - 24th 1 on 1 hunt $5700

Mt. Vernon Ranch Rifle Elk 1st and 2nd Seasons

This is a fully outfitted hunt where we hunt 2 different ranches with a total of about 10,000 acres. Food/lodging/ and 2×1 guiding will be provided. I can guarantee the tags. The odds of drawing a private land tag as a resident are 100%. The bag limit is for 1 elk. You must be on my landowner permission form to apply for private tags.

Dates Description Availability COST
October 25th- October 29th Any Elk (with appropriate tag) 1 available $5500

Brooks Ranch Rifle Elk 2nd Season

This is a fully outfitted hunt on private land including food/lodging/guiding. Lodging will be in a residence on the property. We will be hunting the first 5 days of 2nd season (November 4th- November 8th)) You arrive the day before your hunt (Friday) and hunt through Wednesday with departure being Thursday morning. The private land hunt is an any elk hunt with the correct tag, however we will be focusing on harvesting bulls during this time period.

Dates Description Availability COST
November 4th- November 8th Any elk (with appropriate tag) 1 available $5500

Tony's 2015 bull