The State of Oregon has the 5th largest elk population in the United States and great potential for those looking for a trophy bull and a quality hunt. Archery hunters can purchase a general license and over the counter tag which is good for most elk units in the State. Rifle hunters' musts apply for a unit specific controlled draw hunt, or purchase a guaranteed outfitter tag, or Landowner tag.
Upfront Outfitters has long been passionate for elk hunting and we continue to produce quality Rocky Mountain elk. We are legally permitted to hunt most units in the State of Oregon, and we work and scout hard throughout the year to find quality bulls. With over 25 years of experience hunting and producing trophy Rocky Mountain elk, we can certainly help you with your dream hunt. No matter what your weapon of choice, we are elk hunting experts and can give you the hunt you dream about.
Give us a call today and start planning your hunt. You’ll be glad you did.
All hunts are booked on first come first serve basis. We take a small number of clients each year to ensure high success, so availability is usually limited. It is important to plan early when booking a hunt with us.
DEPOSIT All hunts require a 30% non-refundable credit card deposit at the time of booking, unless other arrangements are made. Hunts booked within 6 months of the hunt start require a 50% Deposit. The hunt balance is due 60 days prior to the hunt. We accept money orders, cashier checks, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover for final payments. We also accept ATM and debit cards. Unfortunately, we will no longer accept personal checks for final payments unless made prior to the 60-day deadline. CC's will remain on file for final payments should payments not be made by the deadline. Final payments made by CC are subject to + 3% bank charge.
The terrain that Rocky Mountain elk live varies greatly. It is mostly steep and rugged country with deep canyons filled with thick brush, open hillsides and timbered forests. Rocky Mountain elk habitat can stretch from the mountainous regions all the way to the sage brush on the edge of the Desert. It is best to be in good physical condition for these hunts. We can cater to physical disabilities in most units.
We use all methods for success. We love spot and stalk, still hunting and calling bulls during archery season but in the dry weather we aren't afraid of sitting water and waiting for a thirsty animal.
To be eligible to hunt or before you can apply for an elk hunt in the state of Oregon, all hunters must first create an online profile on the state website https://odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login and purchase your Resident or Non-Resident hunting license. Once you purchase your hunting license you are able to enter the public draw or purchase a guaranteed outfitter tag.
Rifle hunters have three options for obtaining an elk tag in Oregon. Once you purchase your hunting license, you can apply for a controlled draw hunt, purchase a guaranteed outfitter tag prior to March 31 or purchase a landowner tag. If you wish to apply for the controlled draw, you must apply by May 15. If successful, you then have until the day prior to the start of the hunting season to purchase your tag. If you do not purchase your tag prior to the start of the season you will be unable to obtain it. If unsuccessful you gain a preference point. If you would like to apply for the draw or would like more information, please call and we will give you the correct hunts to apply for and assist you with your application.
Each year, Outfitters are allowed to apply for 50% of the Non Resident tags for deer and elk that were drawn in the previous years public draw. Guaranteed outfitter tags are available on first come first service basis, directly through a qualified outfitter such as us. The tags can be sold to Non Residents only and are available starting December 31 of each year. These tags are unit specific tags that outfitters have drawn in a separate draw that takes place just between outfitters. Outfitters then have until March 31 each year to sell those tags. If the tags are not sold they return to the state and can be purchased by outfitters in a leftover draw pool. These tags can take anywhere from 8-20 years for a non resident to draw in the public drawing.
If you are interested in a premium tag for Elk or Deer don't hesitate to call us. We can put you on the list and get you on a great hunt without having to draw a tag.
CALL TO INQUIRE ABOUT TAGS OR TO BE PUT ON THE LIST
All hunts include meals, lodging, guide service and all transportation once you arrive in camp. Also included is skinning of your animal and preparing meat and hide for delivery to our local butcher shop and taxidermist. We will also assist with preparation of meat and hide for airplane travel. If you wish to donate some or all of your meat, we have a form for you to fill out to make it a legal process.
Not included are tags and licenses, transportation cost to and from camp, motel costs before or after scheduled trip, rental cars, meat processing, taxidermy or gratuities for guides.
The nearest major airport is Portland, Oregon (PDX). Depending on the area that we will hunt you may choose to fly into Redmond, Oregon which is closer to camp. We will determine this after booking and before you purchase your travel.
As in any service business gratuities are greatly appreciated. A recommended amount of 10-20% gratuity for a hard-working guide is standard.
GUARANTEED OUTFITTER TAGS IN QUALITY DRAW UNITS
7 or 10 DAY TROPHY ARCHERY ELK HUNT
Aug 28 – Sept 6
Sept 17 – Sept 26
10 day pricing
1 hunter 1 guide – $10,750
2 hunters 1 guide – $6,750
7 day pricing
1 hunter 1 guide $8,750
2 hunters 1 guide $5,450
5 DAY – RIFLE ELK – First Season
Oct 27 – Oct 31
$7,250 one hunter one guide
5 or 7 DAY RIFLE ELK – Second Season
7 day - $8,750 one hunter one guide
5 day - $7,250 one hunter one guide
Rifle Hunters must apply for and draw a tag through a controlled draw with a May 15 deadline to apply, or purchase a guaranteed outfitter tag prior to March 31.