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General Bear Regulations

Within a calendar year, and during authorized seasons, a hunter may harvest:

  • One bear with a general fall black bear tag
  • One bear with a SW Additional fall black bear tag
  • One bear with a controlled or SW limited spring black bear tag
  • It is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.
  • Using bait to attract black bear and using dogs to locate and tree black bear is prohibited.
  • It is unlawful to hunt with a centerfire or muzzleloading rifle without a valid (used or unused) deer or elk tag during certain time periods and areas.

Mandatory Check for All Harvested Bears

The skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked; the hunter is responsible to have it presented.

  • Skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in and please prop open mouth so tooth can be accessed. Inserting a stick or dowel between the molars prior to freezing/drying out will help keep jaw open.
  • Check-in at ODFW offices must occur by appointment during normal business hours (Mon. – Fri., 8-5). Please call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked.
  • Hunters are required to check-in the skull only.
  • Hunters are requested but not required to submit the reproductive tract of any female bear harvested, see diagram below.
  • At check-in, hunters must provide:
    • Date and location including Wildlife Management Unit of harvest.
    • Complete hunting information including bear tag number. The bear tag, a copy of the tag, or a completed “Wildlife Transfer Record Form” are alternatives for providing the needed information.
  • Hunters must still complete mandatory reporting via the internet or toll free line.

General Black Bear Seasons

General Black Bear Seasons

OPEN SEASON

Tag Required

BAG LIMIT

OPEN AREA

Aug. 1 – Dec. 31 General Fall Bear One black bear, unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. WMUs 10-30
Aug. 1 – Dec. 31 SW Additional Bear One black bear, unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. WMUs 20-30
Aug. 1 – Nov. 30 General Fall Bear One black bear, unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old. WMUs 31-77

No Hunting Seasons

Hunt Area

Entire Wildlife Management Unit unless indicated with an asterisk(*).

Bag Limit

One black bear, except that it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.

Tag Sale Deadline

Day before the season begins.

Private lands will limit access for highlighted hunts. Do not apply unless you have access to a place to hunt.

Controlled 700 Series Spring Hunts

HUNT #

HUNT NAME

OPEN SEASON

2018 TAGS

2017 1ST CHOICE

APPLICANTS

710A Saddle Mt – Scappoose* April 1 – May 31 165 92
712A Wilson-Trask* April 1 – May 31 440 346
716A N Cascades* April 1 – May 31 385 283
717A Alsea-Stott Mt* April 1 – May 31 214 424
731A South Central* April 15 – May 31 303 191
741 White River Unit April 1 – May 31 165 226
742 Hood Unit April 1- May 31 165 92
746A S Blue Mts* April 15 – May 31 660 691
749A W Blue Mts* April 1 – May 31 212 1,495
752A Starkey* April 15 – May 31 220 169
756 Wenaha Unit April 15 – May 31 248 450
757A Sled Springs -Chesnimnus* April 15 – May 31 275 770
759A Snake Rvr Unit April 15 – May 31 440 740
760A Minam-Imnaha* April 15 – May 31 248 500
762A Pine Cr – Keating – Catherine Cr* April 15 – May 31 440 769
764 Lookout Mt Unit April 15 – May 31 43 87

SW LIMITED 700 Series HUNTS

HUNT #

HUNT NAME

OPEN SEASON

2018 TAGS

SW Oregon* SW Oregon Limited April 1 – May 31 4,400 (Tags will be availble on a first-come, first served basis. See hunt description)

YOUTH ONLY CONTROLLED 700 Series HUNTS

HUNT #

HUNT NAME

OPEN SEASON

2018 TAGS

2017 1ST CHOICE
APPLICANTS

756T Wenaha Unit April 15 – May 31 55 38
757T Sled Springs-Chesnimnus* April 15 – May 31 88 83
760T Minam-Imnaha* April 15 – May 31 55 37