Find all the information you need to trap or hunt furbearers in Oregon, including licensing requirements and seasons.
All first-time Oregon trappers need to complete an approved trapper education course.The course is not required if you’re trapping on land you own or lease. This also applies to your immediate family, or an agent you have authorized to control damage to livestock or agricultural crops on your property.
You can take the course at home, but the final test will be at a nearby ODFW office. Staff at ODFW’s headquarters in Salem will issue a furtaker’s license once it has received the successful test results, and the license application with payment.
Course materials are available from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, I&E Division, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, (503) 947-6000, ODFW.Info@state.or.us.
Furtakers need either a Furtaker’s License or a Hunting License for Furbearers. A Furtaker's License allows you to trap, hunt and pursue. A Hunting License for Furbearers allows for only to hunting and pursuing.
A general hunting license allows you to only hunt unprotected mammal (see list below), this does not include trapping, hunting or pursuing furbearers.
Kids younger than 12 don’t need a license, except to hunt or trap bobcat and otter. However, youth must register to receive a brand number through the Salem ODFW office. To trap bobcat or otter, youth must first complete the trapper education course.
Landowners can get either a Furtaker’s License, a Hunting License for Furbearers, or a free License to Take Furbearers on land they own and on which they reside. To receive the free license, the landowner must obtain from the ODFW Headquarters office a receipt of registration for the property.
|Resident Furtaker's License||$53.00|
|Nonresident Furtaker's License||$395.00|
|Resident Hunting License for Furtakers||$25.00|
|Resident Juvenile Furtaker's License (age 12-17)
Juveniles younger than 12
see licence requirements above
|Bobcat Record Card
(Hunting License for Furtaker's or Furtaker's Licence Required.)
|River Otter Record Card
(Hunting License for Furtaker's or Furtaker's Licence Required.)
The above license and record card fees each include a $2 license agent fee. To get more information about licenses and tags, write or phone Department of Fish and Wildlife, Licensing Section, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, (503) 947-6100.
Mandatory annual reporting
Annual reporting is required. If you were licensed, you need to fill out and submit a completed furtaker harvest report online or postmarked by April 15. If you fail to report, you will not get furtaker's harvest license for the next season until you complete and return the late Harvest Report form and application with a $50.00 fee at time of renewal.
ODFW created an online reporting system that allows licensed furtakers to submit their Furtaker Harvest Report online. Submitting a paper report is still an option, although online submission is preferred. Be sure to include your email address in your furtaker license application and harvest report to get email confirmation that your report has been received.
Furtakers Harvest Online Reporting
Important marten harvest information
If you harvest a marten, ODFW asks you to turn in all marten carcasses, along with the date, location of harvest and sex of marten taken, to the local ODFW office prior to March 1, following each season. Furtaker cooperation is critical to successful future management of this species.
No animals shall be killed except during authorized open harvest seasons. A bobcat record card must be in possession to harvest bobcat. A Furtaker's License or Hunting License for Furbearers must be in possession to pursue.
|STATEWIDE FURBEARER PURSUIT SEASONS|
|Bobcat||Sept. 1 - Feb. 28|
|Fox||Sept. 1 - Feb. 28|
|Raccoon||Sept. 1 - March 15|
|OPEN AREAS AND SPECIAL REGULATIONS|
Dec.1 - Feb. 28
|WESTERN OREGON - No bag limit. All counties west of the summit of the Cascades, except Klamath and Hood River counties. See the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations of special bobcat regulations.|
Dec. 1 -
|EASTERN OREGON - Bag limit is five bobcats. All counties east of the summit of the the Cascades, including Klamath and Hood River counties. See the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for special bobcat regulations.|
|Fox, grey and red|
|Oct. 15 - Feb. 28||Entire state|
|Nov. 1 -
|Entire state. If you harvest a marten, ODFW asks you to turn in all marten carcasses, along with the date, location of harvest and sex of marten taken, to the local ODFW office prior to March 1, following each season. Furtaker cooperation is critical for successful future management of this species.|
|Nov. 15 - March 31||Entire state|
|Nov. 15 - March 15||Entire state|
|Nov. 15 - March 15||Entire state except for all areas closed to beaver trapping. See the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for special river otter regulations.|
|Fisher, ringtail cat, wolverine, kit fox and sea otter|
|Closed season entire year.|
|Badger, coyote, nutria, opossum, porcupine, spotted skunk, striped skunk and weasel|
|Open season entire year||To hunt these a species, requires an appropriate furtaker's licence to trap (also allows hunting) or appropriate hunting license for furbearer's, or a general hunting license.|
|Nov. 15 - March 15||See the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for areas open to beaver harvest.|
In general, a furbearer is an animal whose fur has commercial value. In Oregon, this includes beaver, bobcat, fisher, marten, mink, muskrat, river otter, raccoon, red and gray fox.
For any person owning, leasing, occupying, possessing or having charge or dominion over any land (or an agent of this person) who is taking or attempting to take beaver or muskrat on that property, these two species are considered to be predatory animals.
Unprotected mammals are badger, coyote, gophers, moles (Scapanus townsendii, S. orarius and S. latimanus), mountain beaver, yellowbellied marmots, nutria, opossum, porcupine, spotted skunk, striped skunk and weasel.
For any person owning, leasing, occupying, possessing or having charge of or dominion over any land (or an agent of this person) who is taking or attempting to take coyote, gopher, mountain beaver (boomer), marmot, nutria or porcupine on that property, these six species are considered to be predatory animals.
Predatory animals are coyotes, rabbits, rodents and feral swine, which are or may be destructive to agricultural crops. Therefore these animals have no closed season, bag limit or weapons restriction.
This however does not mean that all rabbits and rodents are available to hunt. A hunter must first find out if the small game they are seeking to hunt is either federally or state protected and if it carries any special regulations, such as closed seasons, bag limits or weapons restrictions.
Protected species may not be taken without a valid license and tag during authorized seasons, or a Scientific Take Permit. However, you may take rabbits and rodents destructive to agricultural crops, products and activities.
|PROTECTED MAMMALS AND BIRDS|
|Game mammals||Silver-haird bat||Washington ground squirrel|
|Game birds||Western small-footed myotis||Northern flying squirrel|
|Furbearers||Long-eared myotis||Chickaree (pine squirrel)|
|Treatened or endangered species||Long-legged myotis||Golden-mantled ground squirrel|
|Ringtail||Pika (cony)||While-footed vole|
|Fringed myoti||Pygmy Rabbit||All marine mammals|
|Townsend's big-eared bat||White-tailed jackrabbit||Pallid bat|
|White-tailed antelope squirrel||All nongame birds except Eurasian collared-dove, European starling, house sparrow and rock pigeon|
Feral swine are defined as a predatory animal by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (OAR 603-010-0055). It is legal to hunt feral swine on public land with a valid hunting license. Hunting feral swine on private land does not require a valid hunting license, but you must have landowner permission. You must follow all general hunting regulations. (See Current Big Game Hunting Regulations for general hunting regulations.)
There is no set season, no bag limit and no weapon restrictions for feral swine.
What are they?
Domestic swine (pigs) become feral when they meet the following criteria set by the Oregon Department of Agriculture:
Where are they?
Feral swine populations are widely scattered and found mostly on private property. No landowners have requested assistance in removal and ODFW has no contact lists.
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