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Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing
Permit Information

In order to be considered a person with a disability under the wildlife laws, a person shall provide either:

  1. Written certification from a licensed physician, physician assistant or certified nurse practitioner, that states that the applicant:
    1. Is permanently unable to walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair, scooter, or walker;
    2. Is restricted by lung disease to the extent that the person’s forced expiratory volume for one second, when measured by a spirometer, is less than 35% predicted, or arterial oxygen tension is less than 55 mm/Hg on room air at rest;
    3. Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV, according to standards established by the American Heart Association;
    4. Has a permanent, physical impairment that prevent the person from holding or shooting a firearm or bow or from holding a fishing rod in hand; or
    5. Has central visual acuity that permanently does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses, or the widest diameter of the visual field is no greater than 20 degrees; or
  2. Written proof that the last official certification of record by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States shows the person to be at least 65% disabled (ORS 496. 018).

The Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit is not a license or tag. Anglers must still obtain an angling license and/or Combined Angling Tag (if angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or pacific halibut) and clam diggers must obtain a shellfish license. Hunters also must still obtain a hunting license and apply for and/or purchase appropriate tags prior to specified tag sale deadlines to hunt in controlled and general big game seasons. You must be in possession of your “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit,” license, and tag while you are angling, taking shellfish or hunting (even holders of a Disabled Veteran/Pioneer license and tag). All license and tag fees are at regular rates.

Holder of the “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit” are allowed to angle from an anchored craft in waters where angling from a floating device is prohibited by ODFW. This allowance does not supersede safety or security regulations enacted by other agencies.

May angle with use of electric powered reels. Rods with electric reels may be kept in rod holder when angling and landing fish.

May fish during authorized open fishing seasons from the Nehalem Hatchery Barrier Free Fishing Platform on the North Fork Nehalem River.

A person may assist shellfish licensed clam diggers who possess a valid “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit” provided both diggers have their own containers and the assistant is within 100 feet of the Disabilities Permit holder while digging clams. The assistant must possess their own shellfish license and a copy of the “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit”.

When clam digging a disabled person may be assisted by another person provided:

  • Both diggers have their own containers for clams.
  • The disabled clam digger is within 100 feet of the assistant while the assistant is digging.
  • The disabled clam digger and their assistant each have a copy of permit in possession when on the clam beds.

For additional information on the rules and regulations pertaining to hunting and “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit” consult the Oregon Hunting Regulations.