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Oregon

Hunting

Black Bear Seasons

Bear Regulations

Bag Limit: One bear per tag, except it is unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.

Within a calendar year, and during authorized seasons, a hunter may harvest:

  • One bear with a General Season Fall Tag
  • One bear with an Additional General Season Fall Tag
  • One bear with a Controlled Spring Bear Tag

It is unlawful to:

  • Use bait to attract black bear and using dogs to hunt or pursue black bear is prohibited.
  • Hunt with a centerfire rifle without a valid (used or unused) deer or elk tag during certain time periods and areas; see General Hunting Regulations.

General Season Fall Tag Sale Deadline

Sept. 30, see License, Tag, & Permit Fees

Statewide Season:

Aug. 1 – Dec. 31

Additional Tag: An additional bear tag may be purchased throughout the season; however, hunters must purchase the general season tag prior to the tag sale deadline to be eligible for the additional tag.

Mandatory Check for All Harvested Bears

  • The skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked; the hunter is responsible to have it presented.
  • Hunters are required to check-in the skull only.
  • Skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in and please prop open mouth so tooth can be accessed. Inserting a stick or dowel between the molars prior to freezing/drying out will help keep jaw open.
  • Hunters are requested but not required to submit the reproductive tract of any female bear harvested, see diagram below.
  • Check-in at ODFW offices must occur by appointment during normal business hours (Mon. - Fri., 8-5). Please call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked.
  • At check-in, hunters must provide:
    • Date and location including Wildlife Management Unit of harvest.
    • Complete hunter information including the issued date and time of a paper tag or the confirmation number of an electronic tag; a completed “Wildlife Transfer Record Form” (see pg 100) is an alternative for providing the needed information.
  • Hunters must still complete mandatory reporting via the internet.

Hunt Area

Entire Wildlife Management Unit unless indicated with an asterisk(*). See Wildlife Transfer Record Form for controlled hunt boundary descriptions.

Tag Sale Deadline

March 31.

Any Legal Weapon Controlled 700 Series Spring Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Open Season

2022 Tags

2021 1st Choice

Applicants

710A

NW Oregon*

Apr. 1- May 31

1,365

1,797

717A

Alsea - Stott Mtn*

Apr. 1 - May 31

275

703

722A

SW Oregon*

Apr. 1 - May 31

4,840

5,781

731A

South Central*

Apr. 1 - May 31

495

426

741A

White Rvr - Hood*

Apr. 1 - May 31

330

487

746A

S Blue Mtns*

Apr. 1 - May 31

770

1,284

752A

Starkey - Ukiah*

Apr. 1 - May 31

250

526

754A

Mt Emily - Walla Walla*

Apr. 1 - May 31

210

2,039

756

Wenaha Unit

Apr. 1 - May 31

263

728

757A

Sled Springs - Chesnimnus*

Apr. 1 - May 31

289

1,219

759A

Snake Rvr Unit

Apr. 1 - May 31

436

1,022

760A

Minam - Imnaha*

Apr. 1 - May 31

265

682

762A

Pine Cr - Keating - Catherine Cr*

Apr. 1 - May 31

428

1,047

764

Lookout Mtn Unit

Apr. 1 - May 31

42

101

Youth Only Controlled 700 Series Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Open Season

2022 Tags

2021 1st Choice
Applicants

754T

Mt. Emily-Walla Walla Youth*

Apr. 1 - May 31

22

NEW

756T

Wenaha Unit Youth

Apr. 1 - May 31

50

89

757T

Sled Springs - Chesnimnus Youth*

Apr. 1 - May 31

80

171

760T

Minam-Imnaha Youth*

Apr. 1 - May 31

52

72

Don’t Forget to Report Every hunter who purchased a deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn antelope or turkey tag needs to report. Complete a survey for every tag you purchased — even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful. Visit myodfw.com/articles/report-your-hunt or visit a license sales agent.

Collecting the Reproductive Tract from a Female Black Bear or Cougar

Reproductive tract from black bear
  1. Label a plastic bag with: issued date and time of a paper tag or the confirmation number of an electronic tag, Date of Kill, Unit Number and Name, County, and Your Name and Address. Ziplock type kitchen or freezer bags work very well for this purpose.
  2. Locate the “Y” shaped reproductive tract beneath and slightly ahead of the pelvis or hip bones. It usually is necessary to move some of the intestines and other organs aside to locate the entire tract, including both ovaries and the uterus.
  3. Cut the uterus immediately forward of the bladder. Use caution when handling the bladder and cutting the reproductive tract from the body cavity to insure the meat is not contaminated with urine from the bladder.
  4. Place the entire reproductive tract in the labeled plastic bag and seal.
  5. Preserve specimens by freezing as soon as possible and submit to any ODFW district office or check station.