Benefits for uniformed service members

January 29, 2018

From license discounts to additional controlled hunt tags, ODFW wants to make sure our uniformed service members are given the opportunity to participate in the outdoor recreation Oregon has to offer.

License prices and waived fees

Big game and game bird hunting licenses are approximately half-price ($17) for resident uniformed service members. Resident members of the uniformed services can also purchase their general season tag after the deadline without a late fee.

Nonresident uniformed service members pay resident prices for an annual hunting, angling or shellfish license.

Additional controlled hunt tags

Time off can be difficult for persons in the military to plan and is prone to change. Oregon’s active duty members of the Armed Forces stationed out of state have an opportunity to obtain a controlled deer, elk, or spring bear hunt tag if they return to Oregon on leave during the season so they can hunt with their family and friends.

Each ODFW Wildlife District office is authorized to issue up to 20 controlled deer tags, 20 controlled elk tags, and 20 spring bear tags to individuals who are lucky enough to be home on leave during hunting season. To qualify for these tags individuals must be from Oregon, currently stationed out of state, and maintain Oregon residency. To purchase a tag you must provide the following information to the local ODFW District office responsible for issuing the tag:

  • A copy of an active duty military ID
  • A copy of your current leave papers to document you are currently stationed outside of Oregon
  • A valid Oregon resident hunting license

Tags will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please note, Districts can only issue tags for controlled hunts in their area. Please contact the office of the district you're interested in hunting to determine if tags are available.

Free disabled veteran license

To apply for the free combination and shellfish license please print this form, fill it out, and either mail it to ODFW or return it, in-person (attach your most recent VA letter showing your 25% rating). FORM

To qualify for the free disabled veteran license you must have at least a 25 percent disabled rating from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. Disabled veterans are eligible to purchase an elk tag for a reduced price of $25. 

If a veteran is determined to be at least 65 percent disabled they may also apply for an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit


Uniformed service members

Include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, or their reserve components; the National Guard or Oregon National Guard, commissioned corps of NOAA, and Public Health Service of the US Department of Health and Human Services detailed with the Army or Navy of the United States.

Resident member of the uniformed services

  • Are permanently assigned to active duty in this state.
  • Reside in this state while assigned to duty at any base, station, shore establishment or other facility in this state.
  • Reside in this state while serving as members of the crew of a ship that has an Oregon port or shore establishment as its home port or permanent station.

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