Hidden away in one of the most secluded settings, approximately 1.5 hours east of Bend, Oregon, at the north end of the Ochoco Mountains, lies the Bugle Mountain Ranch. The ranch represents a significant portion of the South Fossil Unit Rocky Mountain elk herd in Oregon’s Blue Mountain ecosystem. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports that the South Fossil Unit has Oregon’s highest Rocky Mountain elk population to management objective, including a very high large bull ratio, where archery and rifle tags are always undersubscribed. Oregon has the third highest elk population in the USA.
Bugle Mountain Ranch has a 150 year history as an operating cattle and hay ranch with a 300 AU’s capacity and 800 acres of irrigated or sub irrigated farmed hay fields, as well as a large water permit with significant existing irrigation infrastructure. The ranch is surrounded exclusively by a small number of large ranches focused on the area’s extraordinary cattle capabilities and wildlife.
Bugle Mountain Ranch’s wildlife resources are exceptional. The dark timber canyons adjoining three separate farmed and irrigated drainages attract large herds of Rocky Mountain elk throughout the year, peaking during summer and fall. The ranch often holds several hundred elk at a time with herds of 20 or more branch bulls. The ranch and its immediate neighbors have a history of producing 180-200 inch mule deer, and the ranch has a growing herd of over 100 wild bison. In addition, this area contains extraordinary trout, steelhead and small mouth bass fisheries, including existing and permitted ranch reservoirs holding large rainbow trout. The ranch also has a large antelope herd, black bear, cougar, turkeys and several other animal species.
The owner has invested many years of effort and significant capital to enhance the wildlife and operating capabilities of this unique resource. The Bugle Mountain Ranch represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an exceptional wildlife resource on a secluded, well-blocked ranch with a long cattle and farming history.