Oregon offers spring and fall bear hunting seasons. Fall is entirely general season, while spring in now all controlled hunt. There are no longer first-come, first-served SW Oregon bear tags.
If applying online, hunters need to:
If you are applying on a mobile phone, a dropdown menu will cover view of the spring bear application. Just click the arrow next to Product Categories to lift the dropdown menu and see the spring bear application to add to your cart.
The SW Spring Bear has been changed from a first-come, first-serve hunt back to a controlled hunt like all other spring bear hunts in Oregon. This change was made as part of ODFW’s regulation simplification process and to better distribute hunting pressure (more than half of the hunters who bought the SW tag did not hunt). The change also means all spring bear hunters will now get a point saver if they don’t draw their first choice hunt.
The Starkey WMU has been added to what was formerly the W. Blue Mts hunt and the area has been split into two new hunts (752A Starkey-Ukiah and 754A Mt Emily-Walla Walla), also to better distribute hunting pressure.
For more information on black bear hunting regulations, including hunt numbers, visit the Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.
The skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked. Skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in. Check-in at ODFW offices must occur during normal business hours (Mon. - Fri., 8-5). Please call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked. Hunters are required to check-in the skull only, for the purpose of inspection, tagging and removal of a pre-molar tooth for aging.
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