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Refuges and Special Areas

Unit(s)

Area Name

Regulation

14, 17 Cascade Head – Lincoln City Area

(Lincoln-Tillamook Cos) (Portions of Stott Mt and Trask units)

The Cascade Head – Lincoln City Area is closed to hunting with centerfire rifles, muzzleloaders, or handguns. Hunting is restricted to archery and shotguns only during authorized seasons, except for Department approved emergency hunts. Hunters using shotguns for elk shall use slugs (single projectile) only. Area boundary: Beginning at Pacific Ocean and Siletz River mouth, east along the north of shoreline of the Siletz Rvr to Drift Cr Rd (milepost 1 on Hwy 229); north on Drift Cr Rd to Anderson Cr Rd; north on Anderson Cr Rd to Schooner Cr Rd; west on Schooner Cr Rd to Forest Rd 2200; north and east on FR 2200 to FR 1726; west on FR 1726 to FR 2100; northeast on FR 2100 to the powerline crossing; north along the powerline to State Hwy 18; west on Hwy 18 to Old Scenic Hwy 101; north on Old Scenic Hwy 101 to Three Rocks Rd; west on Three Rocks Rd to US Hwy 101; north on Hwy 101 to FR 1861; west on FR 1861 to Harts Cove trailhead; west on Harts Cove trail to the Pacific Ocean; south along the coastline to the Siletz River, point of beginning.
15 William Finley NWR (Benton Co) All hunters must obtain a refuge permit. Information about deer and elk hunting locations, seasons, weapon restrictions, and applications instructions are available at the refuge office at 541-757-7236, or on their website https://www.fws.gov/refuge/william_l_finley/.
15 Willamette Rvr Greenway Hunting is permitted with shotguns or bows and arrows only, during authorized seasons on Willamette Rvr Corridor Greenway parcels, except in those parcels where hunting is prohibited.
15 Government Island State Recreation Area (Multnomah Co) Oregon Parks and Recreation Department prohibits trespass above mean high water mark on their ownerships. Discharge of rifles, handguns, shotguns with slugs or buckshot, and bows is prohibited.
16 Sandy Rvr Delta (Multnomah Co) This area, bounded by the Sandy Rvr on the west, I-84 on the south and Columbia Rvr on the north is owned and managed by the USFS. The area is closed to all hunting, except the portion of the area north and east of the BPA powerline is open to waterfowl hunting with shotgun only. Lands below the mean high water line of the Columbia Rvr or Sandy Rvr are not affected by this regulation.
20 Dunes National Recreation Area Use of rifles and handguns prohibited for all hunting in that part of Siuslaw Unit west of Hwy 101 and north of Tahkenitch Cr.
21, 23 North Bank Habitat Management Area (Dunning Ranch Area) (Douglas Co) The area is closed to all big game hunting except for and during controlled hunts specific to the management area by hunters possessing a controlled hunt tag for the area. Elk hunting will be allowed for hunters who possess a valid NBHMA controlled hunt tag in addition to a valid elk tag. All BLM lands located in T25S, R5W, Sections 35, 36; T26S, R5W, Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14; T25S, R4W, Sections 31,32, 33; T26S, R4W, Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18 (6,500 acres located ap­prox­i­mately 8 mi northeast of Roseburg). The use of bait for hunting game mammals is prohibited on NBHMA.
24 Dean Cr Elk Viewing Area (Douglas Co) All Bureau of Land Management lands within or adjacent to T22S, R11W (including Spruce Reach Island located adjacent to Hwy 38 and between the outlets of Koapke and Hinsdale Sloughs) are closed to hunting. Also, other lands located with in the following boundary are closed to hunting during all deer and elk seasons that pertain to this area: Beginning at the intersection of Schofield Rd. and Hwy 38, south on Schofield Rd. to it’s intersection with Hakki Ridge Rd., east on Hakki Ridge Rd. to the crest of Hakki Ridge, east along the crest of Hakki Ridge to it’s intersection with the BLM boundary located in T22S, R11W, Section 4, easterly along the BLM boundary to Hwy. 38, west to Hwy. 38 to point of beginning.
25 South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Specific areas are closed to hunting for public health and safety. Contact reserve head­quar­ters 541-888-5558 for map of specific closures.
25, 26, 27 Rogue Rvr Area All land within 1 mi of Rogue Rvr between Grave Cr and Lobster Cr closed to bear hunting. All land within 1/4 mi of Rogue Rvr in the wild rvr section from Grave Cr down­stream to Watson Cr is closed to all hunting except during authorized seasons.
28 Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve Hunting is permitted on Preserve lands under Oregon State regulations for seasons and bag limits. No hunting permitted in the original 480 National Monument. For maps and other information contact the National Park Service (541-592-2100) www.nps.gov/orca
31 Bear Valley NWR (Klamath Co) Closed to all public entry except walk-in deer hunting prior to Nov. 1. Closed to all motor vehicle use year round. 6 sq. mi. in T40S, R7 and 8E.
32 Lost Rvr Winter Range Closed to all motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Apr. 15. 6 sq mi in T39S, R11, 11-1/2 and 12E.
32 Bryant Mt Closed to all motor vehicle use Nov. 1 – Apr. 15. 50 sq. mi. in T39, 40 and 41S, R12 and 13E.
33, 77 Klamath Marsh NWR Closed to all deer and elk hunting.
34 Tumalo Winter Range Restricted motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Mar. 31. 125 sq mi in T15, 16, 17, 18 and 19S, R10, 11E.
35 Newberry Crater Wildlife Refuge (Deschutes Co) All hunting, injuring, taking, killing, or destroying any wild bird or mammal on public land is prohibited within the rim of Newberry Crater in: T21S, R12E; T22S R12E; T21S, R13E; T22S, R13E (approximately 15 sq mi).
35, 76, 77 Cabin Lake-Silver Lake Winter Range Restricted motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Mar. 31. 342 sq mi in T23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29S, R11, 12, 14, 15 and 16E.
38 Rimrock Springs WA Closed to all hunting.
38, 43, 45, 47 John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Closed to all hunting and trapping.
39 Metolius Winter Range Restricted motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Mar. 31. 101 sq. mi. in T11, 12,13 and 14S, R11 and 12E.
39 Metolius Wildlife Refuge (Jefferson Co) All hunting, injuring, taking, killing, or destroying any wild bird or mammal on public land is prohibited within T12 and T13S, R9E, bounded by FR 1420 and 1419 on the west, FR 1400 on the south and east and FR 1420-400, Metolius Rvr and posted boundary from Metolius Rvr to Rd 1400 on the north. (36 CFR 261.58(v)). (approx. 5 sq mi)
44 Cold Springs Refuge (Umatilla Co) Closed to deer and elk hunting except by permit during emergency hunts specific to the refuge.
44 Umatilla Refuge (Morrow-Umatilla Cos) Closed to deer and elk hunting except by permit during controlled hunts or emergency hunts specific to the refuge.
45, 48 Heppner RHA Heppner Regulated Hunt Area: Open fires and camping prohibited in posted areas. Approximately 63 square miles in Townships 2, 3, 4, and 5 South, Ranges 25, 26, 27 and 28 East. Closed to all motor vehicle use year-round unless posted otherwise.
49 McKay Cr Refuge (Umatilla Co) Closed to deer and elk hunting except by permit during controlled hunts or emergency hunts specific to the refuge.
52 Starkey Experimental Forest Enclosure (Union Co) A posted 1/4-mi wide buffer zone on NF surrounding the Experimental Forest enclosure is closed to all hunting with a centerfire rifle or bow. The enclosure is open to deer and elk hunting only by permit during controlled hunts. The main study area is open to hunting of other species during authorized seasons. The 12-foot right-of-way along each side of all 8-foot-high perimeter and internal game fences is closed to all motorized travel. Public entry is allowed only  through the main gate. The Experimental Forest is closed to all public entry during the winter closure, which runs from Nov. 15 – April 30. Premium hunts, mandatory harvest incentive tag, and big game auction and raffle tag holders are not eligible to hunt in this area.
52 Spring Cr Winter Range Closed to all motor vehicle use Dec. 15 – Apr. 30. 14 sq mi in T2 and 3S, R36E.
52 McCarty Winter Range Closed to all motor vehicle use Dec. 15 – Mar. 31. 12 sq mi in T4 and 5S, R34 and 35E.
55 Mill Cr Watershed (Umatilla Co) Closed to all access and hunting except during specific hunt dates by USFS permit and ODFW controlled hunt tag (255A). Entry at any other time is prohibited. Each tag holder will be permitted to have one person accompany them during the hunt. After the kill, up to three people may assist the tag holder to remove the elk.
65, 67 Snake Rvr Islands (Malheur Co) Closed to hunting with rifles. Please visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Deer_Flat/visit/plan_your_visit.html for regulations on the islands of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.
70 Sheldon NWR Closed to all hunting.
71 Malheur NWR (Harney Co) Parts of the refuge in Blitzen Valley west of State Hwy 205 are open during authorized deer and pronghorn antelope seasons.
70, 71 Hart Mt NAR
(Lake Co)
Parts of the refuge will be open for hunting as prescribed by ODFW under chukar season and controlled pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and mule deer seasons. The refuge is open for both Beaty Butte and Juniper pronghorn antelope and mule deer Premium Hunts, and ODFW pronghorn and bighorn sheep auction and raffle tag hunts. The refuge is closed for A&H auction and raffle tags, as well as all elk seasons. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit is required for anyone conducting commercial outfitting or guiding on the refuge. Special use permit applications must be received by the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge office no later than July 1. Information on open areas and special regulations are available at the refuge (541-947-2731).
75 Lost Rvr Winter Range Closed to all motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Apr. 15. 6 sq mi in T41S and R14E.

DOGS ON DEPT LANDS

The following rules apply to all Department owned, managed, or controlled areas:

  • All dogs must be kept on a leash, except:
    • While accompanied by a licensed hunter when being used to hunt game birds, including while going to or coming from hunting locations;
    • In a posted dog training area;
    • While the dog is under direct control in a posted parking area, designated campground or on a road currently open to public motor vehicle traffic; or
    • As otherwise specified in 635-008-0112, 0147, 0190, 0211.