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Statewide

Hunt by Reservation Program

January 8, 2021

Since many game birds in Oregon reside on private land, finding a place to hunt can be challenging. The Hunt by Reservation Program brings hunters and landowners together to provide quality hunting experiences.

About this program

ODFW’s Hunt by Reservation Program facilitates public hunting opportunities on small and mid-sized private properties. Typically, it can be hard to find a hunting spot on private land if you don’t already know a landowner. Likewise, it can be a hassle for landowners to manage hunter access. We’ve created an online reservation system that makes hunting access easier for both hunters and landowners.

Most properties are in the Willamette Valley near urban centers. We will continue to recruit landowners to the program and hope to expand to other regions in the state, so check back throughout the season for updates.

Program rules

  • Hunters must have a current Oregon Hunting License and valid turkey tag.
  • Decoys, blinds, stands, and other personal property must be removed immediately following your hunt.
  • Littering and field dressing are not allowed on program properties.
  • Hunts will occur on scheduled days only throughout legal seasons. Please do not contact landowners to set up hunting arrangements outside the program dates, as this will create scheduling conflicts and extra work for landowners.
  • Scouting, hunt start times, and weapon restrictions vary by property. Hunters are responsible for following the guidelines for each hunt. These are clearly listed in property descriptions.
  • Study your hunt maps carefully so that you know safety zones, hunt zones, building location, roads and parking spots. Hunters are responsible for taking safe and legal shots.
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.
  • Vehicles are allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight camping or parking.

This program relies on trust. If we receive a landowner report about disrespect, failure to follow program or property rules, or wildlife law violations, we will exclude you from the program in the future. One strike and you’re out.

Reservations

  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no fee to make a reservation at this time.
  • A maximum of three hunters is allowed per reservation.
  • Reservations can be made no more than 14 days in advance and no later than 12 p.m. the day before a hunt.
  • Hunters can have no more than two active reservations. A reservation is “active” if it is in progress or scheduled in the future. This limit includes hunts where a hunter is part of a group reservation created by another hunter. There is no limit to past reservations and no seasonal or annual limit.
  • Hunters must contact landowners by 12 p.m. the day before a hunt begins to confirm hunt plans. If the landowner is slow to respond, keep trying. If you cannot reach the landowner, please let us know.
  • After booking, hunters will receive landowner contact information and a property map.

Remember, life happens. There could be times when a landowner cannot allow hunting on a scheduled date because of issues with family, livestock, unplanned trips and so on. If a landowner cannot accommodate your reservation, please be understanding and contact us to try and reschedule.

Make a reservation

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