Hunters on Zumwalt Prairie Preserve
Zumwalt Prairie Hunting is a conservation management tool © William C. Coit

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon

Hunting on Zumwalt Prairie Preserve

What You Need to Know

Elk are an integral species on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and we work to ensure the health of both the herd and their habitat.

Hunting is an important management tool that not only promotes species diversity but maintains the important social and cultural platforms that hunting provides. TNC provides limited hunting opportunities designed to benefit the land and provide world-class backcountry hunting experiences to the community.

Hunt Zumwalt

Hunters with a tag from ODFW can apply for the Zumwalt hunt lottery here

Antlerless Elk Hunts

Antlerless elk hunts are administered in cooperation with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. TNC is hosting a limited number of antlerless elk hunters on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve during the following 2019 hunts:

  • Chesnimnus Unit Bow No. 1 (258R1) - 10 hunters (antlerless only)
  • Chesnimnus Unit Bow No. 2 (258R2) - 10 hunters (antlerless only)
  • Chesnimnus Unit Youth Hunt (258T) - 258T Tag holders have access priority
  • Zumwalt No. 1 (258A1) - 10 hunters
  • Zumwalt No. 2 (258A2) - 10 hunters
  • Zumwalt No. 3 (258A3) - 0 hunters*
  • Zumwalt No. 4 (258A4) - 90 hunters
  • Zumwalt No. 5 (258A6) – 90 hunters
  • Zumwalt No. 6 (258A7) – 90 hunters
  • Zumwalt No. 7 (258A7) – 90 hunters

Lottery Details

Hunters holding a tag from ODFW for one of the above hunts may enter a lottery for a chance to hunt antlerless elk in the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The TNC access lottery will be open for entries from July 1-31.

This is a non-motorized, backcountry hunting opportunity which may not be suitable for all hunters. The Zumwalt Preserve’s rugged terrain and limited access make the property a challenging and strenuous area to hunt. 

For more information, contact Chad Dotson, Zumwalt Project Steward at chad.dotson@tnc.org, 541-231-1455.

*NOTE: There will be no hunting access given during the Zumwalt No. 3 (258A3) season in order to maintain the quality of our bull elk hunting tags, which we donate as fundraisers to local charities. 

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve Chelsea Cassens hunts on Zumwalt Prairie © Max Whittaker

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