NORTHSIDE UNIT PRIVATE LAND(S)

These hunting properties are located in the Northside GMU west of John Day Oregon. There are numerous different sections totaling over 18,000 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.

Brooks ranch – Over 14,000 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.

Old D.R. Johnson logging company properties- consists of about 6000 acres throughout the Northside unit.


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- 20th and then again from December 1st – 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


ARCHERY ELK HUNTS

A majority of our archery hunting occurs on private land. We provide lodging for all hunts. In 2019 our fully outfitted hunts will take place during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the season. Our self guided hunts which include lodging, GPS coordinates of tree stands/blinds, and everyday assistance from a guide who will be out checking cameras and able to assist in game retrieval will be the 1st and 4th weeks of the season. The lodging is in a 3 bedroom home with all the cookware, stove, BBQ, showers, satellite TV etc. All hunts start on a Saturday and end on a Thursday, full 6 day hunt.   Below is a description of each of the weeks  I have available in 2019.

In 2019 Joel Turner will be back. Joel is a 2 time RMEF world champion elk calling expert. Joel is ranked in the top 4 in the world for calling. Joel is founder of Iron Mind Hunting Inc. and Shot IQ. During the 2nd week of the season I have 1 spot available to hunt with Joel on the “Immersion Hunt”. Joel says, “The hunter will be completely immersed in the world of Controlled Process Shooting and the language of Instinctive Elk Calling.  The hunter will gain the skills we all seek and what sometimes takes a hunter a lifetime to achieve.  In fact, most hunters never reach the level of knowledge that will be gained in the few short days we have together.  This is not just a hunt.  It will be a life changing skill set the hunter can take with them wherever their life may lead them.” This is a fully outfitted hunt with food/lodging included. In 2018 the two hunters both harvested bulls in the first 4 days of the hunt.

1st and 4th weeks of archery season – Do it yourself hunts. Direction on how to hunt the ranch and GPS coordinates of all tree stand/blind locations. We have numerous proven tree stands and blinds already in place. Patience is the key to being successful during this time of year. The temperature is generally 80-90 degrees or sometimes even hotter. The elk will still be on their summer patterns during the 1st week 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. The last week of the season will be a 9 day hunt. We have a shop for skinning and a walk in cooler available for your use. You are responsible for your own food preparation and transportation to and from hunting areas.

2nd week of archery season- This is a fully outfitted hunt. On the fully outfitted hunts you will hunt over 24,000 acres of private lands throughout the Northside Unit. The hunt will be a 2 on 1 hunt unless otherwise requested. You will stay at our main house and all food/lodging/ guiding is included. 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.

3rd week of archery season- Same as above

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. (exception is hunt with Joel Turner with the hunt being Sunday-Friday)

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 24th - August 29th Tree stand/ground blind/self guided $3300
August 31st - September 5th Fully Outfitted 2 on 1 $4700
September 7th - 12th Fully Outfitted 2 on 1 $4700
September 14th - 22nd tree stand/ground blind/self guided $3900
Hunt With Joel Turner 2 on 1 September 1st - 6th *booked 2019*
1x1 hunt Any week of season add $1000 to price


MURDERERS CREEK UNIT 1ST AND 2ND SEASONS

The 1st Season hunt is fully outfitted. You will stay in a large log home and have your own private chef. The hunt will be 2 hunters per guide. You will hunt both private and public land on this hunt. We have had a very high success rate on this hunt in the past few years and 300 class bulls are not uncommon. The hunt is for any bull elk. I can guarantee the tag. 

The 2nd Season hunt is guided however you are responsible for your own food and lodging which are both available near the hunt location. The hunt will take place on both private and public lands. We have had excellent success on this hunt in the past. I can guarantee the tags which are unit wide outfitter tags. The tag is good for any elk during the hunt period. 

Dates Description Availability COST
October 23rd - October 27th 1 Bull Elk *booked 2019* $5000
November 2nd - November 6th Any Elk 2 available $4000


BROOKS RANCH RIFLE BULL ELK 1ST SEASON

This is a fully outfitted hunt on over 14,000 acres of private land including food/lodging/guiding. Lodging will be in a residence on the property. You arrive the day before your hunt (Tuesday) and hunt through Sunday with departure on Monday morning.

Tony's 2015 bull

Dates Description Availability COST
October 23rd - 27th Any elk (with appropriate tag) *booked 2019* $5000


 

OLD D.R. JOHNSON LOGGING LAND 1ST SEASON RIFLE BULL ELK

This is a private land hunt on about 5,000 acres of private land located in the Northside Unit. This will be a DIY hunt and you will have exclusive access to the private land. You are responsible for your own food/lodging/ etc. Prior to the season, if available, the hunters will be given a tour of the hunting area in order to be able to learn the property. I can guarantee a landowner tag for this hunt.

Dates Description Availability Cost
October 23rd - 27th Any Elk Private Land 1 available $3000 each