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Daly Creek Youth Hunter Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did Idaho Power decide to create this youth hunting opportunity?
  2. If my child is interested in hunting Daly Creek, what do I need to do?
  3. Is there a cost associated with the application process?
  4. How are Daly Creek access permits issued for the youth hunting opportunities?
  5. Can I act as a supervisor to more than one youth during a hunt or does each child need to have an adult supervisor?
  6. What types of vehicles are allowed on Daly Creek property?
  7. What are the allowable ages for the youth hunters?
  8. Does my child require any special hunting permits?
  9. Can I/my child access Daly Creek during any time of the day to hunt or are there restrictions?
  10. Does the property possess clearly marked entry and exit signs or can I enter and exit wherever I want to?
  11. Who can I contact if I have further questions?

1. Why did Idaho Power decide to create this youth hunting opportunity?

Idaho Power is working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to receive a new license for the Hells Canyon hydroelectric projects. A new license is not expected until 2020. After a new license, an appropriate public access program is expected to be developed in consultation with agencies and the public as directed by FERC. Until that time, Idaho Power is offering the pilot youth hunting programs on an experimental basis. More hunting and recreational use opportunities on the Daly Creek property are anticipated in the future. Idaho Power will use the results of this year's youth hunting opportunities to help develop the future access program.

2. If my child is interested in hunting Daly Creek, what do I need to do?

Idaho Power will issue access permits for the following youth hunting opportunities on Daly Creek in 2014:

  • Deer Hunt

    The first deer hunt is for three access permits during the general bow (one buck with visible antler) season from August 30 to September 28, 2014. This period corresponds to the entire Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) season for this hunt.

    The second deer hunt is for three access permits during the controlled deer (one buck with visible antler) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit, Hunt No. 164, from Oct. 4-15, 2014. This period corresponds to the entire ODWF season for this hunt.


  • Elk Hunt

    The first elk hunt is for three access permits during the general elk (one elk) bow season from Aug. 30 to Sept. 28, 2014. This period corresponds to the entire ODFW season for this hunt.

    The second elk hunt is for four access permits during the controlled elk (one elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit, Hunt No., 264X, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2014. This period corresponds to the entire ODFW season for this hunt.

    The third elk hunt is for three access permits during the controlled elk (one elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit, Hunt No. 264Y, from Nov. 8-16, 2014. This period corresponds to the entire ODFW season for this hunt.

    The fourth elk hunt is for 10 access permits during the controlled elk (one antlerless elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit, Hunt No. 264, from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2014. This is a shorter period compared to the ODFW season for this hunt, which is from Oct. 18 to Dec. 31, 2014.

    The fifth elk hunt is for up to 20 youth obtaining the controlled elk (one antlerless elk) rifle tag in the Lookout Mountain Unit, Hunt No., 264T, from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2014. This period corresponds to the last month and a half of the ODFW season for this hunt, which is from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. Forty tags are estimated to be issued by ODFW for this hunt in 2014.


  • Cougar Hunt

    Any youth obtaining an access permit to hunt deer or elk, may also hunt cougar during the period for which they have an access permit, if: 1) the cougar season established by ODFW is open during the time of their access permit, and 2) a hunter possesses a valid (unfilled) deer or elk tag. Once a youth harvests a deer or elk, access for cougar hunting is terminated. Youth hunters must possess a valid cougar tag and follow all regulations established annually by the ODFW. The ODFW cougar season for 2014 is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. However, the season may be closed before the end of the year, depending on the number of female cougars harvested in the unit.


  • Bear Hunt

    Any youth obtaining an access permit to hunt deer or elk, may also hunt bear during the period for which they have an access permit, if: 1) the bear season established by ODFW is open during the time of their access permit, and 2) a hunter possesses a valid (unfilled) deer or elk tag. Once a youth harvests a deer or elk, access for bear hunting is terminated. Youth hunters must possess a valid bear tag and follow all regulations established annually by the ODFW. The ODFW fall bear season for 2014 is Aug. 1 to Nov. 30.


  • Upland Bird Hunting

    Ten access permits will be available for upland bird hunting from Oct. 17-19, Nov. 25-30, and from Dec. 19-31, 2014. This is the second weekend of the hunt, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods of the ODFW season for this hunt.

Your child will need to first obtain the necessary licenses and tags to hunt on the Lookout Mountain Unit during one or more of the prescribed seasons. Youth desiring access during the general elk or deer bow seasons must submit an application for an access permit to Idaho Power's Daly Creek office, postmarked by Aug. 1, 2014. Applications for all other access permits must be mailed and postmarked by Sept. 1, 2014. A drawing will be held and successful applicants will be issued an access permit by the Daly Creek office, except that up to 20 youth obtaining the Hunt 264T tag may apply at any time to receive an access permit to hunting from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2014.

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3. Is there a cost associated with the application process?

There is no application fee or hunting fee associated with this program by Idaho Power. Youth hunters are required to pay the necessary license fees as requested by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

4. How are Daly Creek access permits issued for the youth hunting opportunities?

A random drawing will be held within a few days of the application deadlines and all applicants will be notified of the results within a few days of the drawing. Any youth obtaining the 264T tag may apply at any time prior to hunting from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2014. Up to 20 tags will be issued.

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5. Can I act as a supervisor to more than one youth during a hunt or does each child need to have an adult supervisor?

Yes. Adults may not accompany more than two youths. “Accompany” is defined as being close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range without the use of electronic devices. Each youth must be supervised by at least one, and not more than two, licensed non-hunting adults, 21 years of age or older at all times when on the Daly Creek property.

6. What types of vehicles are allowed on the Daly Creek property?

Access will be by foot or horseback only. When a big game animal is harvested, hunters may seek permission to use their own ATV to help recover the animal. Hunters should not count on being able to use an ATV. This determination will be made by the onsite Daly Creek Habitat Biologist or designated representative. The decision will be based on site logistics, expected difficulty of retrieval, proximity to administrative roads, potential spoilage issues and potential impacts to other hunting groups. If given permission, ATVs will only be allowed on designated roads. Hunters should expect to quarter or debone meat from big game animals and haul it out with packs or pack stock to their vehicles.

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7. What are the allowable ages for the youth hunters?

Youth hunters must be 12-17 years of age at the time they hunt, and have completed a hunter education class by the time they hunt.

8. Does my child require any special hunting permits?

Yes. In addition to completing a hunter education class by the time they hunt, they will need to have an Oregon hunting license and appropriate big game tag or bird stamp issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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9. Can I/my child access Daly Creek during any time of the day to hunt or are there restrictions?

Selected youth hunters, accompanied by their designated supervising non-hunting adults, will only be allowed on the property from dawn to dusk on the dates for which they have an access permit, and only for pursuit of deer, elk, or upland bird hunting as specified on the permit. “Accompany” is defined as being close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range. Each selected youth hunter will be provided with an information packet containing the access permit, maps, parking permits and other information regarding access regulations on the Daly Creek property. Overnight camping is not permitted and supervising adults may not carry firearms or archery equipment.

All youth-hunting groups must notify Gary Holmstead at 541-540-1065 each day they enter the WHMA and when they leave the WHMA.

10. Does the property possess clearly marked entry and exit signs or can I enter and exit wherever I want to?

Youth hunters and their accompanying adults may enter the property at any point. There is a No Trespassing Zone (safety zone) around most buildings and facilities. Vehicle parking on surrounding BLM lands and county roadways follows applicable BLM and county regulations. Parking on Daly Creek property must be at designated sites. These sites will be indicated on maps provided to successful applicants, and youth will be issued a vehicle parking permit specific to each youth, to display on the windshields of vehicles in their party.

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11. Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Interested hunting parties are encouraged to contact designated Idaho Power staff prior to the season with questions regarding land characteristics, animal movements, and other hunting and access logistics. Questions should be directed to the Senior Habitat Biologist and Daly Creek Manager at 541-540-1065.

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