State and Federal Refuge Area Regulations
Oregon Bird Hunting
Obey all posted areas and safety zones. Hunting of waterfowl only, unless otherwise specified, during authorized seasons is permitted in portions of the following state parks:
Benson State Recreation Area
Dalton Point, north of I-84, starting 300’ east of the boat ramp running to the eastern most tip of the property at Rvr Mi 134 as posted.
Bowers Rock State Park
Waterfowl hunting permitted.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Seasonal hunting of game mammals and game birds permitted throughout the park except in posted Safety zones around park facilities.
Deschutes Rvr State Recreational Area
Seasonal hunting of game wildlife permitted south of the stream gauge cable crossing line and parallel extensions of the cable crossing line to the east and west park boundaries.
Elijah Bristow State Park
North of the main channel of the Middle Fork of the Willamette Rvr.
Fort Stevens State Park
Adjacent to Trestle Bay as posted during authorized seasons excluding the Sept. Canada goose season.
Government Island State Recreation Area
Perimeter of both Government and Lemon Islands, not above the mean high water mark as posted.
Mayer State Park
Entire Salisbury Slough area and the pond 800’ northwest of the boat ramp as posted.
Rooster Rock State Park
Sand Island and the bank which runs parallel to the south of the island, excluding the Sept. Canada goose season.
Starvation Cr State Park
North of I-84, Rvr Mi 159.6 to 160.2 as posted.
Succor Cr State Park
Seasonal hunting of upland game birds is permitted, except within 500 feet of camping areas located near the Succor Cr Bridge and posted safety zones.
Willamette Mission State Park
That portion located on Grand Island in Yamhill Co.
Willamette Rvr Greenway Corridor
Hunting is permitted for deer, upland birds and waterfowl with shotguns or bows and arrows only, during authorized seasons on Willamette Rvr Greenway parcels, except in those parcels where hunting is prohibited in OAR 736-010-0055.
For more info. call 1-800-551-6949.
Columbia Rvr Refuge
Columbia Rvr Refuge from the railroad bridge at Celilo in Wasco Co to 4.3 Mi west of Boardman is open to pheasant, quail, partridge, waterfowl, snipe and rabbit hunting with shotgun and bow with flu-flu arrows only.
John Day Rvr Wildlife Refuge (Sherman and 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.
State Refuge Closures
Hunting is prohibited for the following:
- Brown’s Island and Minto Island refuges
- Carlton Lk Refuge
- Deschutes Rvr Refuge for the first 1/2 Mi above the Hwy 30 bridge.
- Lake Lytle Refuge
- Multnomah-Clackamas Refuge
- Sturgeon Lk Refuge
Note: For refuge descriptions refer to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 501.400-501.540).
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Located southeast of Ashland, Oregon and administered by the BLM. Open for all hunting during authorized seasons. Within the Monument motorized and mechanized vehicle use off rd is prohibited.
Coos Bay (Coos Co)
That part of Coos Bay described as follows is closed to waterfowl hunting: Beginning on Russell Point at the north end of Hwy 101 Bridge across Coos Bay in Coos Co; west approximately 3/4 of a Mi on Parallel 43°26´ to the Southern Pacific Railway to a point due north of the northeast point of the North Bend airport; south to the northeast point of the North Bend airport; southerly on the west bank of Pony Slough to the Charleston-North Bend Hwy; east on the Charleston-North Bend Hwy to the east bank of Pony Slough; northerly on the east bank of Pony Slough and Coos Bay to the south end of the Hwy 101 Bridge; northerly on the Hwy 101 Bridge to the point of beginning.
Crater Lk National Park (Klamath Co)
Hunting is prohibited within the boundaries of Crater Lk National Park. Phone: 541-594-3000.
Davis Lk (Deschutes and Klamath cos)
This Lk is split by waterfowl zones. Opening/closing dates may vary depending on your location. Call Crescent Ranger District for access restrictions. Phone: 541-433-3200.
Dean Cr Elk Viewing Area (Douglas Co)
All BLM lands within or adjacent to T22S, R11W (including Spruce Reach Island) are closed to hunting. Also, other lands located within the following boundary are closed to hunting during all elk and deer seasons that pertain to this area: beginning at the intersection of Schofield Rd and Hwy 38, south on Schofield Rd to its intersection with Hakki Ridge Rd, east on Hakki Ridge Rd to the crest of Hakki Ridge, east along the crest of Hakki Ridge to its intersection with the BLM boundary located in T22S, R11W Section 4, easterly along the BLM boundary to Hwy 38, west on Hwy 38 to the point of beginning.
Devils Lk (Lincoln Co)
Closed to all game bird hunting.
Eckman Lk (Lincoln Co)
A Co ordinance prohibits the firing or discharge of any bow and arrow, air rifle, or firearm on or within 150 feet of the Lk.
Gold Island (Malheur Co)
An island in the Snake Rvr, three Mi south of Nyssa. Pheasant season begins Oct. 21. Shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. daily.
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Grant/Wheeler Cos)
Hunting is prohibited within the boundaries of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Phone: 541-987-2333.
Located 10 Mi south of Klamath Falls. The area is open 7 days-a-week and is administered cooperatively by BLM and ODFW. A year-round rd closure is in effect. Phone: 541-883-5732.
Metolius Wildlife Refuge
Located in the Metolius Unit. All hunting, injuring, taking, killing, or destroying any wild bird or mammal on public land is prohibited within T12 and T13S, R9E, bounded by USFS Rd 1420 and 1419 on the west; Rd 1400 on the south and east; and rd 1420-400, Metolius Rvr, and posted boundary from the Metolius Rvr to Rd 1400 on the north (36 CFR 261.58(v)).
Newberry Crater National Monument
Located in the Paulina Unit. All hunting, injuring, taking, killing, or destroying any wild bird or mammal is prohibited on public lands within the rim of Newberry Crater in: T21S, R12E; T22S, R12E; T21S, R13E; T22S, R13E.
Plat I Reservoir (Douglas Co)
The reservoir and adjacent posted lands are closed to the hunting of game birds except on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Oct. 14, 2017 and Jan. 28, 2018.
Rimrock Springs WA (Jefferson Co)
Closed to all hunting and trapping.
Sandy Rvr Delta (Multnomah Co)
This area, bounded by the land above the mean high water line on the Sandy Rvr on the west, I-84 on the south and the land above the mean high water line on the Columbia Rvr on the north is owned and managed by USFS. The area is closed to all hunting except the portion of the area north and east of the BPA Powerline, which is open to waterfowl hunting with shotgun only during authorized waterfowl seasons. Phone: 541-308-1700
Siletz Bay (Lincoln Co)
Hunting is prohibited at Siletz Bay within 200 yards of the shoreline in the following described areas:
- Beginning at a posted point near Hwy 101 on the southeast shore of Siletz Bay, west and north the length of Salishan Spit to the mouth of Siletz Bay.
- Beginning at a posted point south of Drift Cr bridge on Hwy 101, west and north to the mouth of Siletz Bay.
South Slough National Estuarine Reserve (Coos Co)
Specific areas are closed to hunting. For more information please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SS/Documents/HuntingMap.pdf or contact the reserve headquarters at 541-888-5558 ext 134 for specific closure details.
Starkey Experimental Forest Enclosure (Union Co)
Approximately 20,500 acres within the research enclosure are open to game bird hunting, except from Nov. 15 – May 1. The 1,500 -acre Campbell Flat Pasture, 3,600-acre intensive timber management area and 900-acre winter feed ground are closed to all game bird hunting.
Upper Deschutes Rvr (Deschutes Co)
Most of the Deschutes Rvr between the southwest boundary of LaPine State Park and the north end of Sunriver is closed to the discharge of firearms by Co ordinance, Oregon State Parks regulation and Deschutes NF order. For more information contact the Deschutes Co Sheriff’s office at 541-388-6655.
Wanaket WA (Umatilla Co)
Game bird hunting is permitted through the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Hunt Program. The Wanaket WA is located on Hwy 730 between Hat Rock and McNary.
- Hunting is in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations. In addition to state and federal regulations, several area regulations apply. Only geese, ducks, coot, pheasant, quail and partridge may be hunted during authorized state seasons.
- Hunting is permitted on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Upland bird hunting begins at noon. Contact the CTUIR Wildlife Program for specific information on hunt days and entry requirements. All upland and waterfowl hunters must possess a CTUIR Daily Hunt Permit for Wanaket WA. All hunters must return the Daily Hunt Permit. Only shotgun or bow with flu-flu arrow hunting is permitted.
- Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be possessed or used. Hunters may not possess more than 25 shells per day.
- Portable blinds and construction of
temporary blinds from natural materials is permitted. Digging or using pit blinds is prohibited. Waterfowl hunters must hunt at designated ponds.
- The use of boats or other watercraft is prohibited.
- Other restrictions may apply. Please contact the CTUIR Wildlife Program, 541-429-7200, for details including updated information on areas open to hunting and for information on other hunting opportunities on tribal lands.
Winchester Dam (Douglas Co)
The still water above Winchester Dam at Rvr Mi 7 on the North Umpqua, upstream to the lower end of the island, a distance of 1.5 Mi, is closed to hunting.
Yaquina Bay (Lincoln Co)
Closed to hunting in Newport city limits, map of city limits available at:
Note: ODFW is not responsible for any information in this section. This information is provided by the USFWS and printed as a courtesy. Portions of the following NWRs posted as public hunting areas will be open for hunting specified game animals during authorized seasons. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used or be in possession while hunting on any refuge, unless otherwise noted.
- Bandon Marsh Unit: Waterfowl and snipe may be hunted daily during authorized seasons on that portion west of US Hwy 101 and outside Bandon city limits.
- Ni-les’tun Unit: Waterfowl may be hunted on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays on that portion south of a designated east-west line that is south of N. Bank Ln and adjacent to the Coquille Rvr. Hunters may park boats in the marsh while hunting. Boats along the bank of the Coquille Rvr are required to park in designated locations. Foot access to the hunting area from the N. Bank Ln parking lot is allowed through the retrieval zone.
On both units, only portable blinds or blinds constructed of on-site dead vegetation or driftwood may be used. All blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of the day. Entry to refuge lands is prohibited from one hour after sunset to two hours before sunrise. For more information www.fws.gov/refuge/bandon_marsh/ or 541-347-1470.
Columbian White-tailed Deer Refuge (Julia Butler Hansen)
The refuge-owned shorelines, tidelands and interior sloughs of Wallace and Crims Islands are open to waterfowl and snipe hunting during state authorized seasons. Tenasillahe Island is closed to all hunting. The placement of permanent blinds is prohibited. Phone: 360-795-3915.
Hart Mt Antelope
Nontoxic shot is not required. Only hunting for chukar partridge is allowed and only on the west slope of the refuge during authorized seasons. Contact the refuge headquarters for current regulations. Phone: 541-947-2731.
Klamath Marsh, Lower Klamath and Upper Klamath
Waterfowl and snipe hunting during authorized seasons, except Sept. Canada goose season is closed and all Refuges are closed to goose hunting after Jan. 28, 2018. A reservation permit is required to hunt waterfowl the first weekend of the season in Lower Klamath Refuge east of the Straits Drain. Information on the reservation draw is available at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Tule_Lake/visit/visitor_activities/hunting.html. Pheasant hunting is allowed only on Lower Klamath Refuge during authorized seasons. Phone: 530-667-2231.
Lewis & Clark
All unposted shorelines and interior sloughs of refuge islands are open to waterfowl and snipe hunting. Areas closed to all hunting are posted and include Miller Sands Island and its partially enclosed lagoon and the diked portion of Karlson Island. The placement of permanent blinds is prohibited. Phone: 360-795-3915.
For more information, including maps and access locations please visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/visit/visitor_activities/hunting.html or Phone: 541-493-2612. When Malheur Lk water level is low (<10,000 acres) Malheur Lk North and South hunt units will be closed to waterfowl hunting and drive-in access may be difficult. See the website listed above for current conditions.
- North Malheur Lk Hunt Unit Area: 22,500 acres open to doves, waterfowl, snipe, pigeons, pheasant, quail, and partridge during authorized state waterfowl and pheasant seasons, including the state designated statewide youth waterfowl hunt season. Nonmotorized or boats with electric motors are authorized during the hunt season. Temporary blinds may be erected but must be removed on a daily basis.
- South Malheur Lk Hunt Unit: 4 ,600 acres open to doves, waterfowl, snipe, and pigeons beginning on the fourth Saturday of October to end of state waterfowl season. Caspian Tern Island is closed to hunting. Nonmotorized or boats with electric motors are authorized during the hunt season. Temporary blinds may be erected but must be removed on a daily basis.
- Buena Vista Hunt Unit: 36,000 acres east of Hwy 205 between Sodhouse Ln (405) and Diamond Ln (409). Open to pheasant, quail, and partridge beginning on the fourth Saturday of Oct. to end of state pheasant season. Open to doves, waterfowl, snipe and pigeons beginning on the fourth Saturday of Oct. to end of state waterfowl season.
- Boundary Hunt Unit: 2,626 acres west of Hwy 205 and Krumbo Cr. Open to pheasant, quail and partridge during authorized state seasons.
Mid-Columbia River Refuge Complex
For more information www.fws.gov/mcriver/regulations/. Phone: 509-546-8300.
- Cold Springs: Waterfowl, snipe, dove and all upland game birds, except turkey. Hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays during authorized seasons. All dove hunting only during the authorized mourning dove seasons. All hunters are required to access the refuge through the Stanfield Loop Rd entrance (Reservoir Rd) and park in designated areas.
- McKay Cr: Waterfowl, snipe and all upland game birds, except turkey. Hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays during authorized seasons. A permit is required to hunt upland birds the first weekend of the season. ONLINE applications and instructions for opening weekend are at www.fws.gov/refuge/McKay_Creek, applications must be received by the second Friday in Sept.
- Umatilla Boardman Unit: Waterfowl, dove, snipe and all upland game birds, except turkey. Hunting is allowed during authorized seasons. All dove hunting only during the authorized mourning dove seasons.
- Umatilla McCormack Unit: Waterfowl, snipe and all upland game birds, except turkey. Hunting is allowed Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day during the Zone 1 duck season. The McCormack Unit is closed to hunting at all other times, except for controlled deer hunting (see Oregon Big Game Regulations). Hunters are required to check in and out at the Hunter Check Station, which is open from 1-1/2 hours before legal hunting hours to 8:00 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An advance permit is required to hunt upland game birds the first two weekends of the season, as well as a $14/day use fee. After the second weekend, a free daily permit (available from the Hunter Check Station) is required to hunt upland game birds. A daily permit is required to hunt waterfowl. An on-site drawing is held each day for non-reservation holders to fill unclaimed reservations; hunters wishing to participate in the daily drawing should be at the Hunter Check Station 1-1/2 hours before legal hunting time. There is a $14/day use fee. For Youth Waterfowl Hunt Opportunities. During the waterfowl season, hunting information is available through the Hunter Hotline at 541-922-HUNT. ONLINE applications for reservation permits are at www.fws.gov/refuge/Umatilla/, applications must be received by the second Friday in Sept.
Ducks and coots may be hunted daily on Brooten Marsh and the mouth of the Little Nestucca Rvr east of its confluence with Nestucca Bay. Goose hunting is prohibited. Only portable blinds or blinds constructed of on-site dead vegetation or driftwood may be used. All blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of the day. Entry to refuge lands is prohibited from one hour after sunset to two hours before sunrise. For more information www.fws.gov/refuge/Nestucca_Bay/ or 541-867-4550.
- Siletz Bay Unit: Waterfowl may be hunted daily on that portion of the unit that is west of US Hwy 101 south of Drift Cr and north of Millport Slough.
- Millport Slough Unit: Waterfowl may be hunted on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays on that portion that is south of Millport Slough and east of US Hwy 101.
On both units, only portable blinds or blinds constructed of on-site dead vegetation or driftwood may be used. All blinds and decoys must be removed at the end of the day. Entry to refuge lands is prohibited from one hour after sunset to two hours before sunrise. For more information www.fws.gov/refuge/siletz_bay/ or 541-867-4550.
Snake Rvr Islands of Deer Flat
Waterfowl, mourning dove, and upland game bird hunting during authorized seasons. Closed to all public entry Feb 1 – June 14. Some islands remain closed thru June 30. Check the islands for posted dates of closures or contact Deer Flat NWR at www.fws.gov/
refuge/Deer_Flat/visit/plan_your_visit/hunting.html or Phone: 208-467-9278.
Tualatin Rvr and Wapato Lk
No open season for game birds, except a portion of Tualatin Rvr will open for limited youth waterfowl hunting by reservation. See https://www.fws.gov/refuge/tualatin_river/riverboat_youth_hunt.html or call 503-625-5944 for more information.
Willamette Valley Refuges —
Ankeny, William L. Finley and Baskett Slough
No open season for game birds.