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Wildlife Areas, Refuges and Special Areas

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Wildlife areas, refuges and special areas

Unit(s)

Area Name

Regulation

10, 12

Jewell Meadows WA (Clatsop Co) All areas posted as “Refuge” are closed to public entry. The Beneke Tract is open to hunting only during game mammal and game bird seasons. Posted portions of the Beneke tract are closed to public entry during any open Saddle Mt. Unit elk season except for black-tailed deer hunting only during the general western Oregon rifle season with a valid unused tag. The Humbug Tract is open to hunting only during game mammal and game bird seasons. It is unlawful to shoot firearms and bows from or across open fields during any open Wilson Unit elk season. ODFW parking permit is required.

11

Sauvie Island WA (Multnomah and Columbia Cos) Open to bowhunt­ing for black-tailed deer Aug. 27 – Sept. 25, except Oak Island (Multnomah-Columbia Co) is closed to deer hunting and Sturgeon Lk Refuge is closed to all hunting. Free daily hunt permits are required and are available at self-service check stations located at Sauvie Island WA headquarters, Willow Bar parking lot off Reeder Rd and North Unit parking lot. Hunters must check in and out daily. Closed to hunting for furbearers, predators, unprotected and protected wildlife (except black-tailed deer, rabbit, crow, Eurasian collared dove and game birds). Use of rifles, handguns and crossbows prohibited at all times. ODFW parking permit is required.

12

Gods Valley WA (Clatsop Co) Vehicles restricted to travel on Co Rds.

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

E.E. Wilson WA (Benton Co) Open to big game hunting during authorized seasons, except closed to bow deer hunting when youth pheasant hunts are in progress. (See current Oregon Game Bird Regulations.) Rabbit hunting is permitted from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Hunting by permit only. Permits are available at self-service stations located on the area. Hunters must check in and out daily. Use of rifles, handguns and crossbows prohibited at all times. The possession or use of shot other than federally-approved non-toxic shot is prohibited. Non-toxic shot restrictions do not apply to big game hunting. ODFW parking permit is required

15, 20

Fern Ridge WA (Lane Co) Open to big game hunting during authorized seasons (see current Oregon Game Bird Regulations). Free daily hunting permits are required for East Coyote, West Coyote, Fisher Butte, Royal-Amazon and Kirk Park units and are available at self-service stations located at area access points. Hunters must check in and out daily. Hunters limited to muzzleloaders, shotguns and archery equipment only; discharging rifles and handguns prohibited. ODFW parking permit is required

15

William Finley NWR (Benton Co) All hunters must obtain a refuge permit and check in and out daily. 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.

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.

18

Tami Wagner WA (Lincoln Co) Open for wilidlife-oriented public use unless otherwise excluded or restricted by the following rules: discharge of any firearm is prohibited except as authorized during game bird and game mammal seasons. Camping is prohibited except by ODFW access permit. Unauthorized motor vehicle use is prohibited. Phone 541-867-4741.

19

Long Ranch (Linn Co) 48 acres 21 mi east of Sweet Home off Hwy 20. Closed to all hunting.

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.

25

Coquille Valley WA Free daily hunting/access permit required and must be possessed at all times by users and must be completed and returned at end of day. Discharging of firearms is prohibited except as authorized during game bird and game mammal seasons. All dogs must be on a leash except when used in the pursuit or retrieval of game during authorized game bird seasons or by access permit issued by ODFW. No person shall possess or use any shot other than federally-approved nontoxic shot at any time, except for big game hunters using buckshot or slugs. Discharge of firearms into, from or across Safety Zones is prohibited. Posted refuges are closed to public access except to retrieve lawfully taken wildlife during authorized hunting seasons, or by access permit issued by ODFW. Camping and/or open fires are prohibited.

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

29

Denman WA
(Jackson Co)
Open to hunt­ing only during game mammal and game bird seasons. The use of rifles and handguns prohibited at all times. All hunters must check in and out daily at self-service check stations located at area access points. ODFW parking permit is required

31

Klamath WA (Klamath Co) Miller Island Unit is closed to all big game hunting. ODFW parking permit is required

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).

36,37

Prineville Reservoir WA (Crook Co.) Open to public access and hunting of big game and game birds during authorized seasons. Motorized vehicle travel is restricted to designated open roads. This area is closed to motorized vehicle access from Nov. 15 or Dec. 1 as posted at each gate through April 15 annually.

That part of the Ochoco and Maury Unit as follows: 5 square miles in Township 16S, Range 17E.

35, 76, 77

Cabin Lake-Silver Lake Winter Range Closed to all 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 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)

39

Metolius Winter Range Restricted motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Mar. 31. 101 sq. mi. in T11, 12,13 and 14S, R11 and 12E.

41

White Rvr WA The Wildlife Area lands north of Forest Road 27 are closed to the public from December 1 through March 31. Motor vehicle travel is only allowed in parking areas, designated campsites, and open roads. No cross country travel or off road motor vehicle use is allowed, except by permit or for administrative use. ATV/OHV and snowmobile use are prohibited on all area lands except for administrative use. Camping is prohibited except in designated campsites or by permit, and may not exceed 14 days in a 30-day period. Campfires and open burning prohibited except in designated campsites. Fires are prohibited during designated fire closures. Dogs are prohibited from running at large except during authorized bird hunting seasons. ODFW parking permit is required.

43

Lower Deschutes WA Open to the discharge of firearms only while hunting of big game and game birds during authorized seasons, except that discharge of firearms is prohibited within the Wild and Scenic waterway boundary from the third Saturday in May through August 31. Access by foot, boat, or bicycle only. Camping is allowed on the River Ranch parcel from three days prior to the opening of controlled buck deer season through February 28, and may not exceed 14 days per stay. Public access to the River Ranch parcel is only allowed from the Deschutes River through adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands.

43

John Day Rvr Refuge (Sherman & Gilliam Cos) Includes all public and private land and water within ¼ mi of the John Day Rvr mean high water line from the Columbia Rvr upstream to Thirtymile Cr. The area within ¼ mi of mean high water line on the John Day Rvr from the Railroad Bridge at the mouth to Rock Cr is closed to waterfowl hunting, and upland hunting is permitted only between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31. Hunting is allowed in the remainder of the refuge during authorized seasons. Hunting on private lands within this refuge requires landowner permission.

44

Cold Springs Refuge (Umatilla Co) Closed to deer and elk hunting.

44

Irrigon, Coyote Springs, and Power City (Morrow-Umatilla Cos) Use of rifles and handguns prohibited at all times. Big game hunting is prohibited at Coyote Springs. ODFW parking permit is required.

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.

44

Willow Cr WA Discharge of firearms is prohibited except during game bird, game mammal, furbearer seasons, or for the hunting of nongame, non-protected wildlife. ODFW parking permit is required

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.

46

Phillip W Schneider WA (Grant Co.) Open to public access and hunting Apr. 15 – Jan. 31. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open rds. Some rds closed seasonally from Dec. 1 – Apr. 14. Entry by permit only Feb. 1 – Apr. 14; including BLM land within exterior boundaries of the area. ODFW parking permit is required.

49

Bridge Cr WA Open to public access and hunting Apr. 15 – Nov. 30. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open rds. Entry by permit only Dec. 1 – Apr. 14. 20 sq mi in Townships 5 & 6S, Ranges 31 & 32E in southwest corner of Ukiah Unit.

49

McKay Cr Refuge (Umatilla Co) Closed to deer and elk hunting.

51, 52

Elkhorn WA (Baker-Union Cos) Open to public access Apr. 11 – Nov. 30, or by permit. Roth Tract closed to all hunting; an entry permit is required at all times of the year. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open rds. Permanent Rd closure: 7 sq mi in T6S, R38E. ATV and snowmobile use is prohibited on all area lands except for administrative use or by permit. ODFW parking permit is required

52

Ladd Marsh WA (Union Co) All land north and east of Foothill Rd are open to big game hunting Wed., Sat., Sun. and Federal holidays August 1 through January 31. The use of centerfire rifles and handguns is prohibited. A free daily access permit is required. All safety zones and refuge areas are closed to all hunting. All lands west of Foothill Rd are closed to all entry Feb. 1 – Mar. 31, except by access permit issued by ODFW. ODFW parking permit is required.

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. Big game auction and raffle tag and Premium Hunt 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.

56

Wenaha WA (Wallowa Co) Open to public access and hunting from April 1 through December 31, except by access permit issued by ODFW. Exceptions: Year-round public access is permitted at designated camping areas, (headquarters and Griz Flat), on department land along the Wenaha Rvr, and between the Grande Ronde Rvr Rd and the Grande Ronde Rvr from the Redmond grade bridge below Troy to the mouth of Wildcat Cr.. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open rds. Camping is restricted to areas designated for that use. Permanent Rd closure: 17 sq mi in T5 and 6N, R42 and 43E along eastern edge of Umatilla Forest in northeast corner of Wenaha Unit.

60

Enterprise Wildlife Area (Wallowa Co) Open to hunting seven days a week. No entry permit is required. Posted portions of the area lying south of the Union Pacific Railroad line and the entire Marr Tract are closed to all hunting.

60

Wallowa Lake (Wallowa Co) All land on or within 1/4-mi of Wallowa Rvr from Wallowa Lk upstream to the falls and within 1/4-mi on the west side of Wallowa Lk from Wallowa Lk State Park to Wallowa Rvr outlet is closed to all big game hunting.

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.

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 under chukar season, controlled pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, deer bowhunting and muzzleloader deer. The refuge is open for pronghorn antelope Mandatory Reporting Incentive tag holders pronghorn Premium Hunt tag holder, and pronghorn and bighorn sheep auction and raffle tag holders, but is closed for A&H auction and raffle and Mandatory Reporting Incentive and Premium Hunt tags deer and elk tag holders. 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).

73

Summer Lake WA (Lake Co) Portions of the Area are open to public access and hunting during authorized big game and game bird hunting seasons. It is unlawful to discharge firearms except during game mammal and game bird hunting seasons or by permit. Centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited for game mammal hunting east of Hwy 31. Closed to game mammal hunting with firearms during any pheasant, quail or waterfowl hunting seasons east of State Hwy. 31 and posted refuges areas are closed to hunting. Motorized vehicle travel restricted to open rds and some rds may be closed prior to and during waterfowl hunting seasons. Hunters must obtain a daily hunting permit. Check out at the end of the day or following two consecutive days is required. Permits and area maps are available at Headquarters (1.1 mi south of the town of Summer Lake). ODFW parking permit is required. Please note: The area south of Thousand Springs Lane (Lake Co. Road 4-17), except the Foster Place unit and specfied open rds and campgrounds may be closed to access seven days prior to general waterfowl hunting seasons.

75

Lost Rvr Winter Range Closed to all motor vehicle use Dec. 1 – Apr. 15. 6 sq mi in T41S and R14E.

Display your parking permit at wildlife areas

Don’t forget to display the parking permit that comes with your hunting license on your vehicle at the following wildlife areas: Coyote Springs, Ken Denman, EE Wilson, Elkhorn, Fern Ridge, Irrigon, Jewell Meadows, Klamath, Ladd Marsh, Phillip W. Schneider, Power City, Sauvie Island, Summer Lake, White River and Willow Creek.

A free annual permit comes with the purchase of an annual hunting license, combination license, or Sports Pac. All other wildlife area users need to purchase a permit. Permits are available where fishing and hunting licenses are sold and on the ODFW website (www.odfw.com).