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Aspen Valley Access Area

Note: The online reservation system for Aspen Valley Access Area will open at 6am, August 1.

Aspen Valley Ranch is approximately 25 miles southeast of Prineville in the vicinity of Post, Oregon. Big Game hunting is available September through December on 8,000 acres of private land in the Newsome Creek drainage on the north foothills of the Maury Mountains in the Maury WMU (#36) on a limited basis to those hunters with a valid controlled hunt tag for deer and elk or a general season cougar tag. This property also provides additional access to 480 acres of land-locked BLM lands.

Eligibility: Hunters must have been successful in drawing a controlled tag for the unit (136, 236X, 236Y, 236A, 136R, 236R, 236T) or with a general season cougar tag prior to applying for a reservation to hunt on this ranch. 

How to Reserve a Hunt:

  1. Thoroughly read the conditions and hunt date requirements below.
  2. Send an email to with the following information;
    1. Name
    2. Hunter ID,
    3. Telephone Number
    4. Tag Drawn
    5. List of your top 4 date choices, in order of preference, from the list of hunt dates below.
    6. If you are hunting with another hunter list the name and hunter ID of the individual you will be hunting with.
  1. Incomplete emails will not be accepted
  2. Emails received prior to 6:00am August 1 will not be accepted
  3. First come, first served in order the emails are received
  4. You will be notified of your hunt period once the selection is done.
  5. If you have any questions, contact the Prineville Field office at 541-447-5111, or Andrew Walch (A&H Deschutes/Klamath coordinator) at 541-388-6229.


  • Only hunters with a valid tag are allowed on the property.
  • For hunts that allow 2 hunters per party, the name and Hunter ID of both hunters must be available at time of reservation for follow-up documentation with ODFW staff.
  • All hunters (including additional hunter in party) are only allowed one reservation per year.
  • Youth hunters must have a guardian in attendance (over the age of 21, who may not hunt).
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted on the property as this is strictly a “hike-in and pack-out” hunt area with no exceptions. Parking is permitted along the Newsome Road in established parking areas on the east side of the hunt area (refer to map that will be provided). Hunters are encouraged to bring game carts.
  • No overnight camping is permitted; however, this ranch is adjacent the Ochoco National Forest that has ample overnight camping areas on the Forest.
  • No camp fires or warming fires are permitted on this ranch.
  • Hunters may NOT hunt other species of wildlife, including sage rats, predators, furbearers, game birds, and non-protected species.
  • Hunters are required to fill out a hunt permit at the main check-in kiosk station on Newsome Road.

Party sizes are as follows:

Tag Max. # of parties per hunt period Max. # of hunters per party
136, 236A, 236X, 236Y 2 2
136R, 236R 1 2
236T, general season cougar 2 1

Hunt dates are as follows:

Hunt period (Hunt periods range from 2 to 3 days) Tag Required

Sept 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-20, 21-23, 24-25

136R or 236R

Sept. 26- 28, 29-30

236A, 236T, or general season cougar

Oct. 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12


Oct.13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24

236A, 236T, or general season cougar

Oct. 26-27, 28-30


Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 3-4

236A, 236T, or general season cougar

Nov. 5-7, 8-10, 11-13


Nov. 14-16, 17-19, 20-22, 23-24, 26-28, 29 - Dec. 1, 2-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-22, 23-25, 26-28, 29-31

236T or general season cougar

Map: Aspen Valley Access Area in yellow shading

Aspen Valley


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