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Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area provides winter range for mule deer populations and year-round habitat for a variety of wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Elk, deer and bighorn sheep viewing is often good during winter and early spring. Bird watching is excellent all year. Native habitats include sagebrush shrubland, riparian, ponderosa pine forest, western juniper woodland and mixed conifer which support a diversity of fish and wildlife. The riparian areas along the mainstem John Day River, South Fork John Day River and Murderers Creek provide excellent habitat for many birds. Upland areas provide important habitat for passerines and game species.
A parking permit is required at Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area. Permits can be purchased at ODFW License Agents (pdf), at ODFW offices that sell licenses and online.
Best time to visit: Bird viewing is good all year. The highest concentrations of deer and elk are in the winter and early spring. Open to public access and hunting April 15 through Jan. 31. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open roads. Some roads closed seasonally from Dec. 1 through April 14. Entry by permit only Feb. 1 through Apr. 14, including BLM land within the exterior boundaries of the Wildlife Area.
The wildlife area offers excellent year-round bird viewing. Deer and elk hunting occurs during fall, and bighorn sheep viewing is possible during winter and early spring.
Nearby: Archaeological and geological points of interest are located along the South Fork of the John Day Wild and Scenic River and Fossil Beds. Visitors can find access to Black Canyon Wilderness, excellent fishing along John Day River and a hike-in fishery at Aldrich Pond.
Dayville, or 30 miles west of John Day.
Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area
45403 Hwy 26, PO Box 93
Dayville, OR. 97825