Cougar Hunting Regulations

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Hunt Zone*




Coast/North Cascade



Southwest Cascades



Southeast Cascades



Columbia Basin



Blue Mountains



Southeast Oregon


Statewide Total Quota:


General statewide season: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 or until Zone Mortality Quotas have been met, whichever occurs first.

Open area: Entire state is open. However, specific Quota Zones (defined in table above) will be closed if mortality quotas for the year are met in that zone.

Additional cougar (requires an additional cougar tag): Entire state is open Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 or until Zone Mortality Quotas have been met, whichever occurs first. An “additional” tag may be purchased throughout the season; however, hunters must purchase the general season tag to be eligible for the additional tag.

Bag limit: One cougar per tag, except that it is unlawful to take spotted kittens or females with spotted kittens.

Cougar Hunting Regulations:

No person shall use dogs for the taking or pursuit of cougar. It is unlawful to hunt with a centerfire or muzzleloading rifle without a valid (used or unused) deer or elk tag for certain time periods and areas.

Any cougar taken must be presented at a Department of Fish and Wildlife office within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked. The person who took the cougar is responsible to have it presented for check-in. The hide with skull and proof of sex attached are required. Hide and skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in. Hunters are also required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken. Check-in must occur during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please call ahead to make an appointment. When the required parts are presented at check-in, information that must be provided includes: 1) date of harvest and location of harvest including Wildlife Management Unit, and 2) complete hunter information including tag number as found on the cougar tag. Hunter information is on the cougar tag; the cougar tag, a copy of the tag, or a completed “Wildlife Transfer Record Form” are alternatives for providing information. Hunters must still complete mandatory reporting via the internet (www.odfw.com/resources/hunting/reporting) or call toll free at 1-866-947- ODFW(6339).

Cougar hunters are reminded that it is mandatory to provide the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken. The reproductive tract provides valuable information on the number and frequency of kittens born annually in Oregon and is a critical part of ODFW’s cougar population models. Carrying a clean, empty sandwich bag while hunting, and keeping the sample cooled or frozen in an ice chest or refrigerator after collection, is an easy way to maintain the quality of this important sample for the department. Reproductive tracts may be delivered to any ODFW field office when you check in your cougar.

Cougar Zones

Refer to WMU boundary descriptions on pages 96-101 for exact boundary locations of each Wildlife Management Unit.

Hunt Zone A, Coast/North Cascades: All of wildlife management units 10-12, 14-18, 20, 24-27, 39, 41 and 42. There are specific weapon restrictions in the parts of the hunt area.

Hunt Zone B, Southwest Cascades: All of wildlife management units 19, 21-23 and 28-31.

Hunt Zone C, Southeast Cascades: All of wildlife management units 32-35 and 75-77

Hunt Zone D, Columbia Basin: All of wildlife management units 38, 40 and 43-45.

Hunt Zone E, Blue Mountains: All of wildlife management units 37 and 46-64.

Hunt Zone F, Southeast Oregon: All of wildlife management units 36 and 65-74

Mortality Quotas: Hunt zones will be closed early to cougar hunting if individual zone mortality quotas are reached. For information on quotas that may have been reached, contact an ODFW office near you.