Big-game hunting in the Owyhee Canyonlands is renowned throughout the West. The handful of highly sought-after tags issued yearly for California bighorn sheep in the Lower and Upper Owyhee Canyon are considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Hunters also come here to seek mule deer and pronghorn antelope in the massive Owyhee unit.

Photo by Larry Arbanas

Many hunters are equally passionate about upland game bird hunting in the open country. Eastern Oregon leads the state in chukar production and harvest, while ring-necked pheasants, California quail and mourning doves are also hunted in the region.

Whether hunters fulfill their tags or not, they say the best part about the Owyhee Canyonlands is its open space, devoid of people, where they can roam for days under vast skies.


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