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Daly Creek Youth Hunter Program
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did Idaho Power create this youth hunting opportunity?
  2. What do I need to do if my child is interested in hunting Daly Creek?
  3. Is there an application fee?
  4. How are Daly Creek access permits issued for the youth hunts?
  5. Can I supervise 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 need any special hunting permits?
  9. Can I/my child access Daly Creek any time of day to hunt, or are there restrictions?
  10. Does the property have clearly marked entry and exit signs, or can I enter and exit wherever I want?
  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. Until a new license is granted (expected in 2020), we are offering pilot youth hunting programs.

2. What do I need to do if my child is interested in hunting Daly Creek?

Your child will need the necessary licenses and tags to hunt on the Lookout Mountain Unit during the approved seasons listed below. Youth wanting access during the general elk or deer bow seasons must apply for an access permit to Idaho Power's Daly Creek office, postmarked by Aug. 1, 2015. Applications for all other access permits must be mailed and postmarked by Sept. 1, 2015. A drawing will be held, and selected applicants will be issued an access permit by the Daly Creek office. Up to 20 youth obtaining the Hunt 264T tag may apply at any time for an access permit to hunt from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2014.

We will issue access permits for the following youth hunts on Daly Creek in 2015:

Deer Hunt

  • First deer hunt: Aug. 29 to Sept. 27, 2015
    • Three access permits
    • During the general bow (one buck with visible antler) season
    • Matches the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) season

  • Second deer hunt: Oct. 3–14, 2015
    • During the controlled deer (one buck with visible antler) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 164)
    • During the general bow (one buck with visible antler) season
    • Matches the ODFW season

Elk Hunt

  • First hunt: Aug. 29 to Sept. 27, 2015
    • Three access permits
    • During the general elk (one elk) bow season
    • Matches the ODFW season

  • Second hunt: Oct. 28 to Nov. 21, 2015
    • Four access permits
    • During the controlled elk (one elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 264X)
    • Matches the ODFW season

  • Third hunt: Nov. 7–15, 2015
    • Three access permits
    • During the controlled elk (one elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 264Y).
    • Matches the ODFW season

  • Fourth hunt: Nov. 17 to Nov. 30, 2014
    • Ten access permits
    • During the controlled elk (one antlerless elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 264A1)
    • Shorter than the ODFW season (from Oct. 18 to Dec. 31, 2015)

  • Fifth hunt: Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2015
    • Up to 20 youth obtaining the controlled elk (one antlerless elk) rifle tag in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 264T)
    • Covers the last month and a half of the ODFW season ( Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015)
    • Forty tags are likely to be issued by ODFW for this hunt in 2015

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Cougar Hunt

Youth with an access permit to hunt deer or elk may also hunt cougar during the period of the access permit if: 1) the ODFW cougar season is open during the time of their access permit and 2) a hunter has a valid (unfilled) deer or elk tag.

Once a youth harvests a deer or elk, access for cougar hunting ends. Youth hunters must have a valid cougar tag and follow all ODFW regulations. The ODFW cougar season for 2015 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.

Bear Hunt

Youth with an access permit to hunt deer or elk may also hunt bear during the period of the permit if: 1) the ODFW bear season is open during the time of their access permit and 2) a hunter has a valid (unfilled) deer or elk tag. Once a youth harvests a deer or elk, access for bear hunting ends. Youth hunters must have a valid bear tag and follow all ODFW regulations. The ODFW fall bear season for 2015 is Aug. 1 to Nov. 30.

Upland Bird Hunting

Ten access permits will be available for upland bird hunting from Oct. 17–19, Nov. 20–29, and Dec. 18–31, 2015.

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

Youth hunters must pay ODFW license fees. Idaho Power does not charge an application or hunting fee for this program.

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

A random drawing is held a few days after the application deadlines. All applicants are notified of the results a few days after the drawing. Any youth obtaining the 264T tag may apply at any time prior to hunting from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2015. Idaho Power will issue up to 20 tags.

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

Adults may accompany up to two youths. Accompany is defined as being close enough to be within normal conversation or hearing range. Each youth must be supervised at all times by at least one, and not more than two, licensed non-hunting adults, 21 years of age or older 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 request to use their own ATV to recover the animal. This decision will be made by the on-site Daly Creek habitat biologist or designated representative. The decision will be based on site logistics, expected difficulty of retrieval, nearness to administrative roads, potential spoilage issues and potential impacts to other hunting groups. If hunters are allowed to use their ATVs, the ATVs will be allowed on designated roads only. Hunters should plan to quarter or debone meat from big game animals and haul it out with packs or pack stock.

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

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

8. Does my child need any special hunting permits?

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

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

Selected youth hunters accompanied by their designated, supervising non-hunting adults are allowed on the property from dawn to dusk on the dates for which they have an access permit for deer, elk, or upland bird hunting (as specified on the permit). Each youth hunter will receive an information packet containing the access permit, maps, parking permits and other information on Daly Creek access regulations. Overnight camping is not allowed. Supervising adults may not carry firearms or archery equipment.

All youth hunting groups must notify Gary Holmstead at 541-540-1065 when they enter and exit the wildlife habitat management area (WHMA).

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

Youth hunters and their accompanying adults may enter the property at any point. There is a No Trespassing (safety) zone around most buildings and facilities. Parking on surrounding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and county roadways follows applicable BLM and county regulations. Parking on Daly Creek property must be at designated sites. These sites are shown on maps provided to successful applicants. 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?

Hunting parties may contact the Idaho Power senior habitat biologist and Daly Creek manager at 541-540-1065 prior to the season with questions about hunting and access logistics.

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