Frequently Asked Questions

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 2021), we are offering pilot youth hunting programs.

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, 2017. Application for all other access permits must be mailed and postmarked by Sept. 1, 2017. A drawing will be held, and selected applicants will be issued an access permit by the Daly Creek office.

We will issue access permits for the following youth hunts on Daly Creek in 2017:

Deer Hunt

First deer hunt: Aug. 26 to Sept. 24, 2017

  • 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: Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 2017

  • During the controlled deer (one buck with visible antler) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 164)
  • Three access permits
  • Matches the ODFW season

Elk Hunt

First hunt: Aug. 26 to Sept. 24, 2017

  • Three access permits
  • During the general elk (one elk) bow season
  • Matches the ODFW season

Second hunt: Oct. 25 to Oct. 29, 2017

  • Three 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. 4–12, 2017

  • 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. 15 to Nov. 30, 2017

  • Five 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. 4 to Nov. 30, 2017)

Fifth hunt: Dec. 15 to Dec. 31, 2017

  • Five access permits
  • During the controlled elk (one antlerless elk) rifle season in the Lookout Mountain Unit (Hunt No. 264A2)
  • Shorter than the ODFW season (from Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018)

Sixth hunt: Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2017

  • Up to 10 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, 2017)
  • Forty tags are likely to be issued by ODFW for this hunt in 2017

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 2017 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 2017 is Aug. 1 to Nov. 30.

Upland Bird Hunting

Ten access permits will be available for upland bird hunting from Oct. 13–16, Nov. 22–27, and Dec. 18–31, 2017.

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

A random drawing for all access permits will be held a few days after the application deadlines. All applicants are notified of the results a few days after the drawing.

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.

Access will be by foot or horseback only. Hunters should plan to quarter or debone meat from big game animals and haul it out with packs or pack stock.

Retrieval of big game by use of an ATV will be on a case-by-case basis. The decision will be based on site logistics, fire danger, nearness to administrative roads, potential spoilage issues and potential impacts to other youth hunting on the area. The on-site habitat biologist or designated representative makes the final determination.

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

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.

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 habitat management area (HMA).

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.

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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