Oregon Upland Hunting & Mule Deer
This Oregon upland hunting lodge is more than the sum of its parts! Four species of upland birds, 5 star lodging, and one spectacular 3,000 acre ranch all added together with a staff that “Welcomes you home” when you arrive. The ranch owner/operator beams every moment as he shows you his prized possession. His pride is magnified in every detail and among the staff as they all love the setting and sharing it with you.
This Oregon upland hunting ranch is more than a fabulous operation; it is run with pride and concern for its clients and staff. The lodge owner told us, “More business is done in this lodge than on any golf course.” True because the atmosphere is relaxing and conducive to gentlemanly/ladylike behavior and open discussion.
Arguably the finest upland bird hunting in the country and more importantly, a lodge and staff that eagerly builds relationships for the long term. You will be planning your return before you leave your first trip.
British driven hunts designed by the famed British shooting instructor, Chris Batha, are offered at this lodge for discerning shooters that enjoys high flying challenging driven shoots. No need to fly over the big pond.
Mule deer hunting is high success with great guides and an amazing setting. If you are a mule deer hunter looking for a great representative deer then this lodge is a perfect destination.
|Species:||Chukar, Valley Quail, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasant, Mule Deer|
|Season:||Upland Birds - September 15 thru March Mule Deer – Early October|
|Method:||Shotgun for birds and bow or rifle for Mule Deer|
|Lodging:||Upscale log lodge|
|Trip Length:||Birds – Three nights/Two days or longer Mule Deer – Four nights/Five Days|
|Transport:||All within walking distance or Guides' vehicles|
|Guided:||Birds are guided and Mule deer are guided 1x1|
Imagine hunting for Pheasant, Chukar, Valley Quail and Huns all in the same day. Now that’s a Grand Slam! Those dedicated enough to bag all four species receive special recognition and bragging rights around the fire pit at the end of the day. The ranch is comprised of 3,000 acres of rolling hills, rim rock canyons, creek-fed bottom land, grasslands, planted fields and open range. You won’t find a more perfect place for hunting upland birds anywhere.
The ranch is managed exclusively to provide ideal habitat for the extensive bird populations. Crops are planted and left un-harvested, native grasses cultivated and carefully managed, and water sources developed and maintained for one purpose only – to provide the finest upland bird habitat in North America. For hunting guests, this means you will enjoy an experience like none other.
A typical day wingshooting:
- Three course breakfast
- Hunt for Pheasant, Chukar, Valley Quail, and Hungarian Partridge
- Three course lunch
- Relax, nap, then hunt, or hunt right after lunch
- Hors d-oeuvres and cocktails. Relax on the covered porches and enjoy the view, read a good book, or shoot sporting clays (on day of arrival)
- Four course dinner
- Shoot pool, play cards, watch TV or enjoy great conversation
- At the end of the day, enjoy cognac and cigars around the outdoor fire pit and hear who got “The Grand Slam.”
Season: Upland Birds season is September 15 thru March. The prime time for the weather is January and February.
The Guides and dogs: Expert guides will accompany your group of 3-4 hunters. Groups are not mixed. Each guide owns and trains his/her own dogs. Each guide has his or her preferred breed from short hairs, wire hairs, muncelanders, to pointers. You will have the same guide each day of the hunt which allows you the personal relationship as well as working relationship.
“Best of the British” Driven Pheasant Hunts: World-renowned wingshooting instructor Chris Batha or Dale Tate host four days of technique and tradition for on ten select guests. The ranch provides a picturesque setting and rolling terrain similar to Scotland and was hand-picked by Chris as “the perfect place” in North America to host these events. Pheasants are high-flying birds that demand a high degree of wingshooting skill. With this in mind, Chris or Dale will conduct a shooting clinic dedicated to British driven wingshooting where he shares expert knowledge on guns, gunfitting and techniques necessary to tackle the most challenging and exciting wingshooting event imaginable.
The traditional style hunting will be complimented by world-class lodging, chef-prepared gourmet meals, fine wines and spirits. Each evening guests will gather in the great room for a cocktail reception and appetizers, followed by a specially prepared dinner. To add to the atmosphere, a Scottish piper will perform one evening and guests will have the opportunity to sample traditional meal of Haggis, tatties and neeps. Traditional dress is encouraged and adds to the experience.
Mule Deer Hunting: If you are looking for a high success one on one guided mule deer hunt, this is the spot. The mule deer average 150-160 B&C with an occasional giant at 200. Enjoy a laid back schedule in a beautiful atmosphere with great guides. If you harvest your trophy early, enjoy adding on some upland hunts! 3,000 acres of private ranch land, rolling hills of wheat, and irrigated flats of corn and milo produce world-class trophy Mule Deer.
Mule Deer specific food crops and a strict wildlife management program allow for deer to fully mature before they are taken, producing record racks for the area. Past performance of producing trophy muleys has been near perfect with a success rate of just under 100%, with hunters at least getting the opportunity to take a great deer.
It is difficult to tell what guests enjoy most at this lodge – unlimited upland bird hunting for Pheasant, Chukars, Valley Quail and Huns, or the world-class lodging! “It’s just like coming home” is a comment they often hear from their mostly repeat clients. The finely appointed facility is 10,000 square feet of custom-built quality. The hand-peeled logs, old world charm, oversized rock fireplaces and use of natural materials throughout provide a relaxing atmosphere for all who enter.
Features include six double occupancy bedrooms with private bath, a fully stocked wine cellar and tasting room, bar, game room with billiard table, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, phone and fax. The five guest cabins offer the same comfort and elegance of the lodge, but with the added benefit of privacy. Each double-occupancy cabin has its own fireplace, private bath and even a front porch to sit, relax and watch the sun set at the end of a perfect day.
Meals: Chef-prepared meals are an event with three and four course meals served by a professional staff. You may enjoy meals as much as the hunting because of the warmth of the atmosphere and the care of the staff. Fresh baked breads and gourmet soups are a favorite passion of the chef. You will be pampered during your stay and won’t lose weight on this hunting trip. The evenings are reserved for special moments. Enjoy an after dinner drink, gaze at the stars from the wrap-around deck or swap stories by the fire pit.
Pendleton which is about three hours drive offers a round up rodeo in September. The drive to and from Portland is a beautiful scenic route called the Columbia River Historic Highway. The lodge is very comfortable and should you choose to spend the afternoon in the lodge, you won’t be disappointed by the shear beauty.
2016 – 2017 Rates: Upland packages start at $3,700 per hunter inclusive
Mule deer hunts are $8,750 pp inclusive Call for more details
How do I get to the lodge? Fly into Portland, Pendleton, or Bend Oregon. If you want to rent a car, the drive from Portland is about an hour and a half. There is a shuttle service from Portland to the ranch that we will be happy to price for you. There are also charter flights available into Condon and the lodge will pick you up from that airport: Superior Air: (541)772-5660 Aurora Aviation: (503)678-1217 Flight Craft: (503)331-4271 Air SF Charter: (650)678-6700
Runway access for private planes: Condon airport is 20 minutes from the ranch. Elevation is 2911 feet, runway length is 3,500 feet, width is 60 feet and the airport code is ID#359 or ATIS 122.9. It accommodates a King Air well if you would like to fly your jet into Portland or one of the other airports and charter a King Air to the ranch. The lodge will pick you up from Condon Airport.
What is the weather like? Overall the weather is relatively mild and they have little rain. September, October and March – Short Sleeves November, December and January – cooler with occasional snow February is a transition month
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Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues. It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.
Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.
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“I first heard of Kevin Slaughter from a good friend whose judgment I trust 100%. He suggested that I might want to meet Kevin and consider the many hunting and fishing excursions Antlers and Anglers has to offer throughout the world – (Yes, the world!) I met Kevin for lunch in Montgomery and was immediately impressed by his honesty and integrity. In other words, I knew I could trust him to tell me the truth and not just try to sell me a trip. The fact that he is a fine Christian man solidified everything for me. I wanted to do something nice for my mother and after much consideration and discussion with Kevin, I opted for his pheasant & chucker hunt in Oregon. My mother is not a hunter, but the breathtaking scenery of the location was something I thought she would enjoy. Not to mention, I would get to pheasant and chucker hunt for the first time in my life. (*I’m not sure I even knew what a “chucker” was?) Kevin and his wife, Corinna, were meticulous in prepping me for our trip. They answered every question I had promptly and again – honestly! They even “reminded” me that the Oregon lodge staff preferred that all guests remove their dusty boots before entering their 5-star facility.
To say that the trip exceeded ALL our expectations would be a great understatement. From the lodge owner and his wife, to the master chef and lodge personnel, my mother and I were treated to some of the finest 1st-class customer service I have ever encountered. What more can I say? Oh yea, I killed my first pheasant and chucker (and many more). We left for home with hundreds of pictures, memories that will last for a lifetime, and many “new friends” that I promised to take turkey hunting in Alabama. Help! Kevin was in touch from the moment of our departure to our arrival back home, making sure that every aspect of the trip lived up to our expectations. They did! To those of us who are fortunate enough to hunt and fish throughout this great country, not to mention Alaska and Africa, the Most Important Part of the journey is the security of knowing that our destination will be what we expect. Stated simply, we won’t get burned! Kevin and Corinna were and are my “security.” So much so, that I have already booked a trip to Kansas in 2015 with Antlers and Anglers for a “first time” whitetail bow hunt. I can’t wait!!! ” Mike, Esq.
“Few wingshooting destinations across the globe have achieved the perfection found here. From the incredible bird hunting to the unforgettable hospitality, you have created one of the world’s finest wingshooting experiences.” Chris
“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect upland hunting experience, abundant habitat, quality birds, gourmet food, exquisite lodge and warm hosts. Please reserve the same week for me for life.” Ron
“I had one of the best hunts and hunting experiences of my life. The bird hunts were plentiful. The guides and dogs were great. The food was remarkable, and the cooks were beautiful. Your family really made all the hunters feel like family. The experience was memorable and I would recommend this trip and experience to everyone. It is really difficult to put into words the beauty of the ranch. I can’t wait to get back. October can’t get here quick enough, so I can return to this little slice of heaven on earth.” Bill
“The food was outstanding, the accommodations perfect, and the shooting superb.” Thomas
“The atmosphere you have created and the hospitality shown is second to none.” Tom “A world class lodge with top notch hunting combined with an atmosphere that makes you feel at ease and at home.” Jeff
“Through the years I have hunted at many of the top-ranked preserves from coast to coast and I left each one thinking something was missing. This ranch is the only exception. Not a single detail has been overlooked, including wingshooting that ranks among the very best I have experienced.” Layne