State & Federal Refuge Area Regulations
Oregon Bird Hunting
Select state parks are open to game bird hunting; however, hunting regulations are under revision by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) for the 2020-21 season. Please contact OPRD for more information. Phone: 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. 17. 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. See Youth Hunting Opportunities for a special youth chukar hunting opportunity.
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. 17, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021.
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 Research Reserve (Coos Co)
Specific areas are closed to hunting. For more information please visit: www.oregon.gov/dsl/SS/Documents/HuntingMap_2019.pdf or contact the reserve headquarters at 541-888-5558 ext 121 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: www.newportoregon.gov/dept/cdd/LandUseMaps.asp
Note: ODFW is not responsible for the accuracy of 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 Mtn Antelope
Nontoxic shot is not required. Contact the refuge headquarters for current regulations. For more information https://www.fws.gov/refuge/hart_mountain/ or 541-947-2731.
Klamath Marsh, Lower Klamath and Upper Klamath
Waterfowl and snipe hunting during authorized seasons, except Sept. Canada goose season is closed on Klamath Marsh and Lower Klamath Refuges. All Refuges are closed to goose hunting after Jan. 31, 2021. 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 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: www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/visit/visitor_activities/hunting.html, phone: 541-493-2612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When Malheur Lk water level is low (<10,000 acres) Malheur Lk North and South hunt units will be closed to waterfowl hunting. Drive-in access may be difficult during hunt season. The South Malheur Lk unit can only be accessed from the North Malheur Lk unit, access is not available near the Refuge Headquarters. Call number 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 Oct. 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 as posted. 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. hunt area. Open to pheasant, quail and partridge during authorized state seasons.
Mid-Columbia River Refuge Complex
See individual Refuge tear sheets for additional site specific information: www.fws.gov/mcriver/regulations/. Phone: 509-546-8300.
- Cold Springs: Only the southern portion of the Refuge is open to hunting. See tear sheet map for details. Waterfowl, snipe, dove and all upland game birds, except turkey. Hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and federally observed holidays during authorized seasons. All dove hunting only during the authorized mourning dove seasons. Big game hunting may occur under the Emergency Hunt Process. Memorial Marsh waterfowl hunters are required to park in the designated parking lot at the numbered parking space matching the number of the blind they are using.
- McKay Cr: Waterfowl, snipe, dove, upland game birds and fall turkey. Hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and federally observed holidays during authorized seasons. All dove hunting only during the authorized mourning dove seasons. Open to fall turkey hunting Oct. 12 to Nov. 29, 2020. A permit is required to hunt upland birds the first weekend of the season. Instructions for opening weekend are at www.fws.gov/refuge/McKay_Creek, applications must be received by the second Friday in Sept. Hunters must access the Refuge from Shaw Rd.
- 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). The check station 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 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. Waterfowl hunters may enter the McCormack lottery or hunt standby and are required to check in and out at the Hunter Check Station. A daily permit and $14/day use fee is required to hunt waterfowl. For the first weekend of upland game bird season only, hunters must enter the lottery and obtain a reservation permit to hunt upland game birds, as well as pay a $14/day use fee. After the first weekend, a free daily permit (available from the Hunter Check Station) is required to hunt upland game birds. Hunting waterfowl and upland game birds on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11, 2020) is exclusively reserved for veterans and active duty military personnel. For Youth Waterfowl Hunt Opportunities, see Youth Hunting Opportunities. During the waterfowl season, hunting information is available through the Hunter Hotline at 541-922-HUNT. Information and instructions 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. Refuge regulations for goose hunting are under revision for the 2020-21 season; please consult the Refuge website before hunting. 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.
No open season for game birds, except a portion of Tualatin Rvr will open for limited youth waterfowl hunting by reservation. See www.fws.gov/refuge/tualatin_river/youth_waterfowl_hunt/ or call 503-625-5944 for more information.
No open season for game birds, except Refuge regulations allowing waterfowl hunting are under revision for the 2020-21 season; please consult the Refuge website for more information. www.fws.gov/refuge/wapato_lake/
Willamette Valley Refuges —
Ankeny, William L. Finley and Baskett Slough
No open season for game birds, except a portion of Baskett Slough will be open for limited youth waterfowl hunting by reservation during the Sept. youth weekend. See www.fws.gov/refuge/baskett_slough/ or call 503-623-2749 for more information.
State and federal Wildlife areas
- Be sure of your target and beyond.
- Obey all access and hunting rules.
- Remember to take your litter and empty shotgun shells home with you (some WAs supply plastic garbage bags).