Game Bird Hunting

Seasons

With dove and quail seasons beginning Sept. 1, some waterfowl seasons extending through January, and spring turkey available through the end of May, game bird hunting in Oregon is almost (but not quite) a year-round activity.

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2018-19 Game Bird Seasons

Upland Birds

Blue and ruffed grouse

Open area: statewide
Open dates: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 3 of each species

Partridge, chukar and Hungarian (gray)

Open area: statewide
Open dates: Oct. 6 to Jan. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 8*

*within the posted boundaries of the Lower Klamath Hills RHA near Klamath Falls the daily chukar bag limit is 2

Rooster pheasant

Open area: statewide
Open dates: Oct. 6 to Dec. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 2

California quail

Open area: western Oregon
Open dates: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 10, single or in aggregate with mountain quail

Open area: eastern Oregon
Open dates: Oct. 6 to Jan. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 10

Mountain quail

Open area: western Oregon, Hood River and Wasco counties
Open dates: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019
Daily bag limit: 10, singly or in aggregate with California quail

Open area: Crook, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Klamath, Umatilla, Morrow and Wallowa counties
Open dates: Oct. 6 to Jan. 21, 2019
Daily bag limit: 2

Remaining eastern Oregon counties
No open season

Western Oregon Fee Pheasant Hunt

see e-regulations for requirements and bag limits

Denman Wildlife Area
Season: Sept. 17 - Oct. 5

E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area
Season: Oct. 1 - 31

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area
Open units: E and W Coyote, Fisher Butte and Royal Amazon
Season: Sept. 10 - Oct. 7

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Open unit: Eastside
Season: Sept. 17 - Sept. 30

2018 Controlled Sage-grouse Season

see e-regulations for requirements and open areas

Application period: July 1 to Aug. 20
Season dates: Sept. 8 - 16
Open areas: see e-regulations
Daily bag limit: 2
Season limit: 2

Turkey

2018 Controlled Fall Turkey

Application period: July 1 to Sept. 13
Tags available: 50
Season dates: Oct. 6 - 21
Open area: White River Management Unit (Unit 41) and that part of the
Biggs Management Unit (Unit 43) west of the Deschutes River

2018 General Fall Turkey

EASTERN OREGON
Blue Mountain

Open area: All of Wildlife Management Units 36, 37, 38, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, and 65. All allotted and/or Tribal lands inside the exterior boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are not open to hunting.
Season dates: Oct. 6 - Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - Dec. 31. From Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, hunting is allowed only on private lands not owned or controlled by any state, county or federal agency.
Daily bag limit: One turkey of either sex
Tags: A maximum of 600 tags will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis online or anywhere ODFW licenses are sold.
Tag Sales Deadline: Hunters may purchase tags beginning Sept. 20 through the end of the season
or until the tag limit is reached.

Northeast

Season Dates: Oct. 6 - Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - Dec. 31. From Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, hunting is allowed only on private lands not owned or controlled by any state, county or federal agency.
Open Area: All of Wildlife Management Units 51, 52 (excluding the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range enclosure), 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, and 64. All allotted and/or Tribal lands inside the exterior boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are not open to hunting.
Daily Bag Limit: One turkey of either sex
Tags: A maximum of 450 tags will be issued on a first-come, first serve basis online or anywhere ODFW licenses are sold.
Tag Sale Deadline: Hunters may purchase tags beginning Sept. 20 through the end of the season
or until the tag limit is reached.

WESTERN OREGON

Open Area: all of Wildlife Management Units 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
General Season Dates: Oct. 15 - Dec. 31

Daily Bag Limit: One turkey of either sex
Tags: A maximum of 4,000 tags will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis online or anywhere ODFW licenses are sold.
Tag Sale Deadline: Hunters may purchase tags beginning Sept. 20 through the end of the season
or until the tag limit is reached.

2019 General Spring Turkey Season

Open Area: statewide
Season Dates: Apr. 15 - May 31
Daily Bag Limit: One male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard
Tag Sale Deadline: Hunters may purchase tags through the end of the season. It is unlawful to obtain and possess more than three 2018 statewide spring turkey tags.

2019 Spring Youth Turkey Hunt

Season Dates Statewide: Apr. 13 - 14.
Daily Bag/Season Limit: One male turkey or one turkey with a visible beard
Eligibility: Hunters age 17 years and younger are eligible to participate. In these hunts an adult 21 years or older, who may not hunt, must accompany not more than one youth hunter.
See e-regulations for additional license requirements.

2018- 19 Migratory Game Bird Seasons (excluding geese)

Migratory Game Birds and Crows Open Area (See zone maps below) Open Season Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Youth Waterfowl Hunts See season dates and hunt requirements on page 26 of the game bird regulations      
Mourning Dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Oct. 30 15 45
Band-tailed Pigeon Statewide Sept. 15 - Sept. 23 2 6
Duck and Merganser Zone 1 Oct. 13 - 28 & Oct. 31 - Jan. 27, 2019 see footnote * see footnote *
Duck and Merganser Zone 1 Scaup Nov. 3 - Jan. 27, 2019 see footnote * see footnote *
Duck and Merganser Zone 2 Oct. 6 - Nov. 25 & Nov. 28 - Jan 20, 2019 see footnote * see footnote *
Duck and Merganser Zone 2 Scaup Oct. 6 - Nov 25 & Nov. 28 - Jan 1, 2019 see footnote * see footnote *
Coot Statewide Concurrent with duck seasons listed by zone 25 75
Wilson's Snipe Zone 1 Nov. 3 - Feb. 17, 2019 8 24
Wilson's Snipe Zone 2 Concurrent with duck season 8 24
Brant Statewide Nov. 24 - Dec. 9 2 6
Crow Statewide Oct. 1 - Jan. 31, 2019 no limit no limit

* The daily bag limit of ducks (including mergansers) is seven. Within the daily bag limit, you may not have more than: three scaup (during open season), two hen mallards, two pintail, two redheads, and two canvasbacks. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.
Note: Permits are required for: band-tailed pigeon, brand, and sea ducks.

 Duck Hunting Zones

Map of duck hunting zones
An image of the legend for the duck hunting zone map

2018-2019 September Canada Goose Season

Open Area Open Season Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Northwest Permit Zone Sept. 8 - 16 5 Canada Geese 15 Canada Geese
Southwest Zone Sept. 8 - 12 5 Canada Geese 15 Canada Geese
All Eastern Oregon Cos Sept. 8 - 12  5 Canada Geese 15 Canada Geese

Note: Some areas open during regular goose season are closed during this season. See pages 32-40 of the regulations.
Note: A Northwest Goose Permit is not needed to hunt during this season.

2018- 2019 Regular Goose Seasons

      Daily Bag Limit     Possession Limit  
Open Area Open Season Canada Geese  White-Fronted Geese  White Geese Daily  Canada Geese  White-fronted Geese  White Geese 
Northwest Permit Zone (c) Oct. 20 - 28 & Nov. 17 - Jan. 12, 2019 & Feb. 9 - Mar. 10, 2019 4 (d) 10 6 12 (d) 30 18
Southwest Zone  Oct. 13 - 28 & Nov. 5 - Jan. 27, 2019 4 10 6 12 30 18
South Coast Zone Sept. 29 - Nov. 25 & Dec. 15 - Jan. 14, 2019 & Feb. 23 - Mar. 10, 2019 (e) 6 10 6 18 30 18
Klamath, Lake, Harney, Malheur Cos Zone Canada Goose Oct. 6 - Nov. 25 & Dec. 10 - Jan. 27, 2019 4 -- -- 12 -- --
Klamath, Lake, Harney & Malheur Cos Zone White and White-fronted Geese Oct. 6 - Nov. 25 & Jan. 16 - Mar. 10, 2019 (f) -- 10 (g) 6 (h) -- 30 (g) 18 (h)
East Zone Oct. 13 - 28 & Nov. 5 - Jan. 27, 2019 4 10 6 12 30 18

Note: Canada geese are all types of Canada geese including cackling and Aleutian Canada geese. White geese are snow and Ross' geese. White-fronted geese are also known as specklebelly geese.

(c) During the regular goose season, all Northwest Oregon Goose hunters must see page 22 of the bird game regulations for important information regarding this goose season.
(d) Within the Northwest Permit Zone, the season for dusky Canada geese is closed and the bag limit for other Canada geese will not increase for the 2018/19 season.
(e) Within the South Coast Zone, from Feb. 23 - March 10 hunting is only allowed on private land by permissions. Any public lands or waters owned or controlled by any state, county, or federal agency, including public waters, waterways, and impoundments are closed to hunting. 
(f) From Jan. 28 - March 10 goose hunting is closed on the Miller Island Unit of Klamath WA, Summer Lake WA, Malheur NWR, and all units of the Klamath NWR Complex. 
(g) Within LAke Co only, the daily bag limit is one white-fronted goose. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.
(h) Within the Klamath, Lake, Harney & Malheur Cos Zone, from JAn. 28 - March 10 the daily bag limit is 20 white geese. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. 

Goose Hunting Zones 

Map of Goose Hunting Zones

 

A picture of the legend for the goose hunting zone map

Additional Resources

Check the waterfowl harvest statistics for several popular wildlife areas.

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.