Big Game Hunting

Seasons

August, September and October are the months when most big game hunters will be in the woods or on the grasslands. Many have long-standing traditions of deer or elk camp spent with family and friends.

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Big Game 2018 Seasons

There are two ways to hunt big game in Oregon – during a general season or in a controlled hunt.

Julie Woodman bags a blacktail deer
Julie Woodman of North Bend bagged this blacktail deer in the Evans Creek Unit. Photo by Steve Woodman

General Season Dates

General season tags are unlimited, can be purchased any time before you hunt and are available for hunts in western Oregon.

Black Bear

Eastern Oregon: Aug. 1 – Nov. 30
Tag Required: General Black Bear

Western Oregon: Aug. 1 – Dec. 31
Tag Required: General Black Bear

SW Additional: Aug. 1 – Dec. 31
Tag Required: SW Additional

Cougar

General Statewide: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31
Tag Required: General Cougar

Additional: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31
Tag Required: Additional

Deer, Western Oregon Centerfire Firearm

Cascade Buck Area:
First Season: Sept. 29 – Oct. 12
Second Season: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Tag Required: Western Oregon Deer

Coast Buck Area: Sept. 29 – Nov. 2
Tag Required: Western Oregon Deer

Deer, Eastern Bow

Season: Aug. 25 – Sept. 23*
Tag Required: Deer Bow
*See page 29 of Big Game Regulations for late season hunts.

Deer, Western Bow

Season: Aug. 25 – Sept. 23*
Tag Required: Deer Bow
*See page 29 of Big Game Regulations for late season hunts.

Elk, Cascade Bull Centerfire Firearm

Season: Oct. 13 - 19
Tag Required: Cascade Elk

Successful hunter with a Cascade elk
Successful hunter with a Cascade elk. Photo by Brian Ferry

Elk, Rocky Mountain Bull Centerfire Firearm

First Season: Oct. 24 – Oct. 28
Tag Required: Rocky Mt. Elk 1st Season

First Season Columbia Basin Extended
Oct. 24 - Nov. 30

Second Season: Nov. 3 – Nov 11
Tag Required: Rocky Mt. Elk 2nd Season

Elk, Coast Bull Elk Centerfire Firearm

First Season: Nov. 10 - Nov. 13
Tag Required: Coast 1st Season

Second Season: Nov. 17 – Nov. 23
Tag Required: Coast 2nd Season

Elk, Western/Eastern Bow

Season: Aug. 25 – Sept. 23
Tag Required: Elk Bow

Western Gray Squirrel

Open Season: Aug. 25 – Nov. 7
Open Area: All units west of the eastern boundary of the Santiam, McKenzie, Indigo, Sprague and Interstate units. Exceptions: No bag limit of closed season in that part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue River and South Fork Rogue River and north of Hwy 140.

Open Season: Sept. 8 – Oct. 14
Open Area: White River and Hood units

Controlled Hunts

Controlled hunt tags are limited and are available only through a drawing or lottery. They must be applied for in advance through the control hunt process and are usually required for hunts in eastern Oregon. The deadline to apply for controlled hunt tags is May 15 each year, except for spring bear hunts where the application deadline is Feb. 10.

Specific controlled hunts, and their seasons, are listed in the latest version of the Oregon Big Game Regulations.

Additional Resources

Sign up to take a hunter education course -- find online options, order a workbook or register for a traditional class.

Finding a place to hunt can be a challenge -- even in a state that's 50 percent public land. This map will help you find access for your next hunt.

Check preference points, application results and report hunts.