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Cupper Creek Ranch
The 553 deeded acre Cupper Creek Ranch is a superlative hunting property located just 8 miles west of Monument, Oregon. Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Cupper Creek Ranch is home to significant populations of upland birds, resident elk, mule deer, and turkey. Distinguishing the Cupper Creek Ranch from other hunting properties is the fact that there are numerous improvements to the property that truly make this “one of a kind”, which include top notch structures, sporting clays course, rifle and pistol range, ponds, and several springs and year-round water. Ownership, family, friends, and clients can easily hunt the Cupper Creek Ranch as it currently produces excellent upland birds hunting opportunity. The property is currently licensed with the State of Oregon as a private hunting preserve. Additionally, deer and elk hunting opportunities exist within the property.
State of Oregon Preserve License:
To obtain a preserve license, a conditional use permit is required from the county which has been in effect for 28 years. Having this private license allows the hunting of upland game birds from September 1, thru March 31 of each concurring year the license is renewed. The Cupper Creek Ranch has been managed and cultivated for the exclusive habitat improvement and conservation of multiple species with great success. The preserve license is transferrable to the purchasing party.
Access is off Cupper Creek Road, a gravel road. Cupper Creek is accessed off Hwy 402, which is a paved road.
Distances to Other Cities:
Monument, OR – 7.2 miles
This elegantly decorated 3,800 square foot lodge has many amenities that make it a great addition to the property. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, oak wood floors, oak cabinets, granite countertops, covered cedar deck, walk in cooler, pool room, poker room, TV room and wet bar, and a river rock fire place are just a few of the amenities that make the lodge perfect for the property. A gun room occupies the main entrance area for the avid sportsman. The lodge has both heating and air-conditioning with a heat pump.
The dog kennels are located near the lodge for quick and adequate care of hunting dogs in all weather conditions. Machine sheds: Two 24’x 80’ machine sheds with concrete floors and metal siding and roofs.
Large barn with concrete floor, currently used for miscellaneous storage.
Apartment (located in barn):
1,100 Square Foot, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room and laundry room caretaker’s apartment. The apartment is in one side of the barn.
The 600-yard rifle/pistol range has multiple targets set up through out the range.
Sporting Clay Course:
A professionally designed sporting clay course by Dan Carlisle (Olympic Bronze Medalist) comes with 15 stands and 6 shooting stands and clay pigeon throwers.
There is power located on the property with all improvements/electrical services maintained by Columbia Power Electrical Co-op.
The property has Cupper Creek running through the property with multiple ponds and springs located throughout.
Currently the property has not been grazed.
There is scattered harvestable timber located throughout the property, no timber cruise is available.
The perimeter of the property is fenced. 12 miles of internal fencing was removed for the safety of the hunters and dogs.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Monument has a steppe climate, abbreviated “BSk” on climate maps. An average of about 13 inches (330 mm) of precipitation falls on Monument each year.
Cupper Creek Ranch elevation is approximately 2400' at the lodge.
Monument gets precipitation, on average, 45 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. For precipitation to be counted you must get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure. Monument, Oregon averages 13.2 inches of annual rainfall.
2017/2018 assessed taxes: $3,854.22
Exclusive Farm Use Zone The purposes of the EFU-80(160) Zone are to preserve agricultural land most appropriate for farm use and to provide beneficial uses of unfarmable land without creating conflicts between suburban expansion and farm use. The uses established by this Zone are authorized by the Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 215, and are designated in compliance with the Statewide Planning Goal on Agricultural Land for lands which are potentially productive for farm use. The Exclusive Farm Use Zone is intended to guarantee the right to conduct normal farm practices and to facilitate and encourage resource management activity. Normal resource management practices shall not be considered a nuisance condition in an Exclusive Farm Use Zone or bordering Zones. Nothing in this regulation is intended to interfere with normal resource management practices that might result in conditions such as noise, dust or odor. Residents of this Zone should recognize that the intent of the Zone is to protect resource activities and that in the event of a conflict between residential use and resource practices, this Code will be interpreted in favor of the resource practice.
Seller believes, but will not warrant that it owns 100% of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership.
Recreation & Wildlife:
Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Cupper Creek Ranch is home to significant populations of Ringneck pheasants, California quail, Bob White quail, Hungarian partridge, Chukar, and waterfowl. Resident elk, mule deer, and turkey are also prevalent throughout the property.
North Fork John Day River: The North Fork John Day River is a 107-mile tributary of the John Day River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It begins in Grant County about 20 miles northwest of Baker City near the crest of the Blue Mountains. It flows generally west to the community of Dale on U.S. Route 395, then southwest through the city of Monument to the unincorporated community of Kimberly, where it meets the main stem of the John Day River.
The upper reaches of the river flow through the North Fork John Day Wilderness in the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest and the Umatilla National Forest. From its headwaters to its confluence with Camas Creek, the river is part of the National Wild and Scenic River system. The upper 27.8 miles is classified wild, the next 10.5 miles scenic, and the next 15.8 miles recreational, for a total of 54.1 miles.
The North Fork John Day River is one of the most important in northeast Oregon for anadromous fish. Wildlife found near the river includes mule deer, elk, and black bears, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Recreational uses include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting.
History of Grant County:
Grant County was established on October 14, 1864, from parts of old Wasco and old Umatilla counties. Prior to its creation, cases brought to court were tried in The Dalles, county seat of the vast Wasco County. The great distance to The Dalles made law enforcement a difficult problem and imposed a heavy burden on citizens who had a need to transact business at the courthouse. In 1889, more than half of the southern part of the original Grant County was taken to form Harney County. Also, in 1899, a small part of northwestern Grant County was taken (along with parts of Crook and Gilliam counties) to form Wheeler County.
After gold was discovered in 1862 on Whiskey Flat, it has been estimated that within ten days 1,000 miners were camped along Canyon Creek. This increased population created a need for county government. Grant County’s government operates in accordance with the Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the People of Oregon in November 1857, and the revised Statutes of Oregon. It employs the old-western county government system: The County Court, with a County Judge and two Commissioners. While the County Court no longer exercises much judicial authority, it serves as the executive branch of county government. There are no parishes or villages in Grant County, and while the term “town” is often used locally to describe one of the incorporated cities, surveyed townships have nothing to do with political divisions or organization in Oregon.
The third man to serve as County Judge of Grant County was Cincinnatus Hiner “Joaquin” Miller (1837–1913), the noted poet, playwright, and western naturalist, called the “Poet of the Sierras” and the “Byron of the Rockies.”
The county seat is Canyon City, which served as the chief community of the county for many years. In 1864, when the county was organized, Canyon City is said to have boasted the largest population of any community in Oregon. Mining and ranching, along with timber and then the service and public works that followed, brought people into the area and communities grew around the natural centers of industry and agriculture. Canyon City hosts an annual summer festival called “’62 Days” (referencing the local gold discovery in 1862) to celebrate its history and residents.
Since the 1930s, the city of John Day has served as the main economic center of the county and boasts the largest population.
History of Monument, Oregon:
Monument is a city in Grant County, Oregon, United States. The population was 128 at the 2010 census. It is located near the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the John Day River. Its post office was established in 1874 and named for a nearby mountain or rock formation.
As of 2000, the Monument School District, consisting of the Monument School, had a 7,000-square-foot science building for its environmental sciences curriculum, which was paid for by a federal grant of about a $500,000. The program taught students about the ecology of local Ponderosa Pine forest and sagebrush steppe and the water quality and habitat of streams. The school had over 100 students in 1997, but the decline of ranching and timber production caused many families to move, bringing the number of children at the school down to 62 by the year 2000. Annual federal timber payments to the city of Monument declined from $100,000 in 1990 to $5,000 in 2000. With a population of 165 in 2000, Monument had “a grocery store, restaurant, tavern, three churches, a senior center, fire station and the offices of the Columbia Power Electric Cooperative utility.”
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