Upland birds harvest information
Historic harvest statistics can guide you to areas with good habitat that support healthy bird populations.
Hunting regulations and bird populations
For upland game birds that live in areas with adequate habitat, population size and mortality rate are affected little by regulated hunting. Protection of game birds from hunting will not allow the population to increase. Because of the normally high mortality rate, even without hunting, and because hunting typically is compensatory, upland game birds cannot be "stockpiled" from one year to another. Thus, area or season closures for populations in good habitat are not needed.
Setting bag limits and possession limits for game birds in good habitat serve more to spread the harvest among hunters than to protect the population. However, in a few instances regulations are necessary to safeguard populations. Hunting game birds that occur only in a very small area, that are suffering declines because of poor habitat, or that are concentrated during the hunting season (at watering sources, for instance) may have the potential to limit the population, and regulations may be carefully applied to such species.
For healthy populations, though, hunting is "self-limiting." As biological surplus is removed, hunters tend to lose interest in the last few birds on an area, and hunting effort falls off. The remaining birds become skilled at dodging hunters and the population achieves a measure of security. The concepts described above help explain why it is possible to have fairly liberal hunting seasons for upland game birds without jeopardy to the populations.
ODFW conducts annual harvest surveys to determine statewide hunter effort and take for upland birds as well as other species.
Upland game bird hunters & harvest 2008-2017
Ever wonder where your favorite upland game bird hunting activity fits within the entire upland hunting scene? Here are the rankings based on a 10-year average of hunter numbers and total statewide harvest by species.
2008-2017 10-year average
To see the most recent game bird statistics from ODFW Wildlife Areas please check the Game Bird Hunting Statistics pages.
- 2022 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2022 Spring Turkey Summary
- 2022 Sage-grouse Harvest Survey Results
- 2022 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2022 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2021 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2021 Spring Turkey Summary
- 2021 Sage-grouse Harvest Survey Results
- 2021 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2021 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2020 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2020 Spring Turkey Summary
- 2020 Sage-grouse Harvest Survey Results
- 2020 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2020 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2019 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2019 Spring Wild Turkey Harvest by Management Unit
- 2019 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2019 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2019 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2018 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2018 Spring Wild Turkey Harvest by Management Unit
- 2018 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2018 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2018 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2017 Fall Turkey Summary
- 2017 Spring Wild Turkey Harvest by Management Unit
- 2017 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2017 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 1994-2017 Oregon Upland Game Bird Harvest
- 2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2016 Fall Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2016 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 2016 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2015 Spring Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2015 Fall Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2015 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 2015 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2014 Spring Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2014 Fall Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2014 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2014 Estimated Upland Game Bird Harvest by Unit
- 2013 Oregon Sage-grouse Harvest
- 2013 Spring Turkey Harvest Statistics
- 2013 Estimated Upland Game Harvest by Unit
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