The deadline for hunters to apply for a chance to participate in the youth hunt access program on Idaho Power’s Daly Creek Habitat Management Area in Hells Canyon is Aug. 1.
Idaho Power provides access to parts of the company’s Daly Creek Habitat Management Area (DCHMA) in Hells Canyon for youth hunters (ages 12–17) interested in hunting upland birds, deer, and elk.
Youth with an access permit to hunt deer or elk may also hunt cougar or bear during the permit period. In 2019, 50 access permits were available.
Permits are granted through an application process that follows the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) standard youth hunter rules and regulations. For details and an application, visit idahopower.com/recreation and choose “Fishing and Hunting” on the left side of the page. A live stream of the permit drawing will appear on the Facebook page for the Hitching Post restaurant in Richland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
The hunt is in a back-country setting and demands skill and effort. Youth hunters must be accompanied by skilled adult hunters. Participants will be expected to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of their hunt.
This rocky, roadless, sagebrush-covered rangeland varies from moderate to extremely steep. Hunters access the property by foot or horseback.