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.

Visit e-regulations

2022-23 Game Bird Seasons

Upland birds

Ruffed and blue grouse

Open area: statewide
Open dates: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2023

Daily bag limit: 3 of each species
Possession limit: 9 of each species

Chukar and Hungarian (gray) partridge

Open area: statewide
Open dates: Oct. 8 to Jan. 31, 2023
Daily bag limit: 8*

Possession limit: 24*
*Within the posted boundaries of the Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area near Klamath Falls, the daily chukar bag limit is two and possession limit is four. See State & Federal Refuge Area Regulations for Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area Information.

Rooster pheasant

Open area: statewide (Additional Special Hunt)
Open dates: Oct. 8 to Dec. 31, 2023
Daily bag limit: 2
Possession limit: 8

Quail (California and mountain)*

Open area: Western Oregon
Open dates: Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2023
Daily bag limit: 10
Possession limit: 30
*
Bobwhite quail may be taken as part of the quail bag limit.

Open area: Eastern Oregon
Open dates: Oct. 8 to Jan. 31, 2023
Daily bag limit: 10
(may not include more than 2 mtn Quail)
Possession limit: 30 (may not include more than 6 mtn Quail)
*Bobwhite quail may be taken as part of the quail bag limit.

Western Oregon Fee Pheasant Hunts

See e-regulations for requirements and bag limits

Denman Wildlife Area
Season: Sept. 19 - Oct. 7

E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area
Season: Sept. 26 - Oct. 31

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area
Open units: E and W Coyote, Fisher Butte and Royal Amazon
Season: Sept. 12 - Oct. 9

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Open unit: Eastside
Season: Sept. 19 - Oct. 2

2022 Controlled Sage-grouse Season

See e-regulations for requirements and open areas

Application period: July 1 to Aug. 12
Season dates: Sept. 10 - 18
Open areas: see e-regulations
Daily bag limit: 2
Season limit: 2

Turkey

2022 fall1 turkey

See e-regulations for turkey tagging requirements

General

Open area: eastern Oregon, WMUs 36-38, 40, 43 - 45, 48 (area north and west of the N Fork John Day Rvr), 49, 51, 52, 53 - 65, and 673
Season dates: Oct. 8 - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1- Jan. 31, 2023 2
Daily bag limit: 1 turkey of either sex
Season limit: 1

Open area: eastern Oregon, WMUs 46, 47, 48 (area south and east of the N Fork John Day Rvr), and 50
Season dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1- Jan. 31, 20232
Daily bag limit: 1 turkey of either sex
Season limit: 1

Open area: western Oregon, WMUs 14-30
Season dates: Oct. 8 - Jan. 31, 2023
Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys of either sex4
Season limit: 2

1 It is unlawful to obtain and possess more than two 2022 fall turkey tags, of which only one can be a General Eastern Oregon Fall Turkey Tag.
2 From Dec. 1 - Jan. 31, 2022 hunting is allowed only on private lands by permission. Private lands are any lands not owned or controlled by any state, county, or federal agency.
3 All allotted and/or tribal lands inside the exterior boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are not open to hunting (see map).
4 Each turkey tag allows the harvest of one bird.

2023 General Spring Turkey Season5

Open area: statewide
Season dates: Apr. 15 - May 31, 2023
Daily Bag Limit: One male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard
Seasonal bag limit: 3
5It is unlawful to obtain and possess more than three 2023 statewide spring turkey tags.

2023 Spring Youth Turkey Hunt6

Season Dates Statewide: Apr. 8 - 9, 2023
Daily Bag/Season Limit: One male turkey or one turkey with a visible beard

Hunters must possess a 2023 youth general spring turkey tag and follow the general spring bag limit. Youth with an unfilled tag may also hunt during the general spring season. See Youth Hunting Opportunities for more information.
See e-regulations for additional license requirements.

2022-23 migratory game bird seasons (excluding geese)

MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS AND CROWS

OPEN AREA
(SEE ZONE MAPS AND DESCRIPTIONS)

OPEN SEASON
(ALL DATES INCLUSIVE)

DAILY BAG LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

Youth Waterfowl Hunts

See season dates and hunt requirements on Youth Hunting Opportunities.

Veterans and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunt

See season dates and hunt requirements.

Mourning Dove

Zone 1

Sept. 1 - Sept. 30 & Nov. 15 - Dec. 14

15

45

Zone 2

Sept. 1 - Oct. 30

Band-tailed Pigeona

Statewide

Sept. 15 - Sept. 23

2

6

Ducka (including Merganser)

Zone 1

Oct. 15 - Oct. 30 & Nov. 3 - Jan. 29, 2023

See footnote (a)

See footnote (b)

Zone 1 Scaup

Nov. 5 - Jan. 29, 2023

Zone 2

Oct. 8 - Nov. 27 & Dec. 1 - Jan. 22, 2023

Zone 2 Scaup

Oct. 8 - Nov. 27 & Dec. 1 - Jan. 4, 2023

Coot

Statewide

Concurrent with duck seasons listed by zone

25

75

Wilson's Snipe

Zone 1

Nov. 5 - Feb. 19, 2023

8

24

Zone 2

Oct. 8 - Jan. 22, 2023

Branta

Statewide

Nov. 26 - Dec. 11

2

6

Crow

Statewide

Oct. 1 - Jan. 31, 2023

No Limit

No Limit

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

 Duck, Snipe, and Mourning Dove Hunting Zones

Duck Snipe Mourning Dove Hunting Zones

2022-23 Regular Goose Seasons

MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS AND CROWS

OPEN AREA
(SEE ZONE MAPS AND DESCRIPTIONS)

OPEN SEASON
(ALL DATES INCLUSIVE)

DAILY BAG LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

September Canada goose season

Northwest Permit Zone

Sept. 10 - Sept. 18

5 Canada Geese

15 Canada Geese

Southwest Zone

Sept. 10 - Sept. 14

All Eastern Oregon Cos

Sept. 10 - Sept. 14

Note: Some areas open during regular goose season are closed during this season.
Note: A Northwest Goose Permit is not needed to hunt during this season.

Regular goose seasons

Note: Definitions for Canada geese and white geese can be found on General Hunting Info.

CANADA GEESE

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

WHITE GEESE

CANADA GEESE

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

WHITE GEESE

Northwest Permit Zonec

Oct. 22 - Oct. 30 & Nov. 19 - Jan. 9, 2023 & Feb. 4 - Mar. 10, 2023

2d

10

20

9d

30

60

Southwest Zone

Oct. 15 - Oct. 30 & Nov. 8 - Jan. 23, 2023

4

10

20

12

30

60

South Coast Zone

Oct. 1 - Dec. 4 & Dec. 17 - Jan. 3, 2023 & Feb. 18 - Mar. 10, 2023

6

10

20

18

30

60

High Desert and Blue Mountains Zone Canada Goose

Oct. 8 - Nov. 27 & Dec. 13 - Jan. 29, 2023

4

12

High Desert and Blue Mountains Zone White and White-fronted Goose

Oct. 8 - Nov. 27
& Jan. 16 - Mar. 10, 2023e

10f

20

30f

60

Mid-Columbia Zone Canada Goose

Oct. 15 - Oct. 30 & Nov. 8 - Jan. 29, 2023

4

12

Mid-Columbia Zone White and White-fronted Goose

Nov. 8 - Jan. 29, 2023 & Feb. 4 - Feb. 23, 2023

10

20

30

60

c During the regular goose season, all Northwest Oregon Goose hunters must see info for important regulations regarding this goose season.
d Within the Northwest Permit Zone, the season for dusky Canada geese is closed. See Northwest Oregon Goose for important information.
e From Jan. 31 - March 10 goose hunting is closed on the Miller Island Unit of Klamath WA, Summer Lake WA, Ladd Marsh WA, and all units of the Klamath NWR Complex, except for hunters participating in the Veterans and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunt.
f Within Lake Co only, the daily bag limit is one white-fronted goose. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.

Goose Hunting Zones 

Goose Hunting Zones

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.