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Game Bird Hunting

Department of Fish & Wildlife

Curt Melcher, Director

Salem Headquarters Office

4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE

Salem, OR 97302


ODFW in-state toll-free 800-720-6339

Oregon Fish and
Wildlife Commission

Mary Wahl (Chair)Langlois

Becky Hatfield-HydePaisley

Kathayoon KhalilPortland

Mark LabhartSisters

Bob SpelbrinkSiletz

Greg WolleyLake Oswego

Jill ZarnowitzYamhill


Because season dates and hunting regulations change annually, significant changes from last year’s season dates and hunting regulations are in yellow highlight.

Significant regulations and information are highlighted in bold.


Information and Education




Wildlife Division


Wildlife Violations


Full Service Offices

High Desert

61374 Parrell Rd.

Bend, OR 97702



107 20th Street

La Grande, OR 97850



17330 SE Evelyn Street

Clackamas, OR 97015



4192 N Umpqua Hwy

Roseburg, OR 97470


Abbreviations Key

The following abbreviations are used throughout this document in Hunt Descriptions, Unit Descriptions and regulations. The abbreviations will be used in upper and lower cases.

Ave = Avenue

ATV = All terrain vehicle

BLM = Bureau of Land Management

Blvd = Boulevard

Co = County

Cos = Counties

Cr = Creek

Dr = Drive

FR = Forest Road

HIP = Harvest Information Program

Hwy = Highway

ID = Identification

Lk = Lake

Ln = Lane

Mi = Mile

Mtn = Mountain

NF = National Forest

NWR = National Wildlife Refuge

ODF = Oregon Dept. of Forestry

ODFW = Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

R = Range

RHA = Regulated Hunt Area

Rd = Road

Rvr = River

Sq Mi = Square Miles

T = Township

UCAP = Upland Coop. Access Program

USFS = U.S. Forest Service

USFWS = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

WA = Wildlife Area

WMU = Wildlife Management Unit

Notice to Hunters

In an effort to make these regulations easier to understand, at times simplified language is used. ODFW’s intention is for these summarized regulations to be consistent with the actual language in Oregon Statutes and Administrative Rules, but in the event of an inconsistency the statutes and administrative rules take precedence. The actual wording of relevant Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules can be found at: and

Violation of state migratory game bird hunting regulations is a violation of federal regulations. Each hunter should consult the actual federal regulations in Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20. Also, more restrictive regulations may apply to NWRs open to public hunting. For additional information on federal regulations, contact Resident Agent in Charge, USFWS, 9025 SW Hillman Ct, Suite 3134, Wilsonville, OR 97070; Phone: 503-682-6131.

New to Hunting?

Let ODFW show you how!

  • Mourning dove
  • Rabbit
  • Upland Game Bird
  • Waterfowl
  • Beginner’s Guide to Sauvie Island Waterfowl Hunting

Find a place to bird hunt at — includes map of game bird ranges.

Try one of our outdoor skills workshops! See

For more hunting tips, go to

Support wildlife — Buy a Habitat Conservation Stamp

Buy an annual stamp to benefit conservation of Oregon’s native species.

Proceeds are used for restoration of the habitats that are home to the state’s fish and wildlife. The Habitat Conservation Stamp is available anywhere fishing and hunting licenses are sold.

Hunters – We Need Your Grouse Wings and Tails

Ruffed grouse, blue grouse, and mountain quail wings and tails provide ODFW biologists important information about the health of the populations. Hunters can help by donating a wing and tail from harvested grouse and mountain quail.

What to Do:

  1. Remove one entire wing and whole tail including small rump feathers.
  2. Place in PAPER collecting bags provided at ODFW offices or use your own PAPER bag (1 bird per bag).
  3. Mark the bag with the date taken, WMU taken, and general location.
  4. Drop bag off at designated collection sites located around the state or at ODFW offices. A map of collection sites is available at
  5. If there will be a delay in dropping off your bag, please freeze it.

For additional information, including bags and pre-paid return envelopes, please call 503-947-6301.

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

Before hunting mourning doves, band-tailed pigeons, snipe, or waterfowl all hunters, regardless of age or residency status, must obtain a HIP Validation by taking a HIP survey. If you obtain a resident waterfowl validation you will automatically be asked to complete the HIP survey and get your HIP validation. If you intend to hunt other migratory birds (mourning doves, band-tailed pigeon, or snipe) and don't already have a waterfowl validation or if you are a nonresident or youth under 12 years of age, you must obtain your HIP validation by selecting it from the list of available documents in the Electronic Licensing System catalog.

Evidence of compliance will be noted on your hunting license as a “HIP Validation”. That’s it! There is no cost to you.

How does HIP work? Of the total group of HIP validated migratory game bird hunters, the USFWS will select necessary samples of hunter to participate in providing harvest information. Selected hunters will receive hunter record cards prior to hunting seasons or soon thereafter. Hunters will be asked to record their daily harvest of birds and return the completed record card at the end of the hunting season.

Why HIP? Your participation in this program means that important information will be available to wildlife professionals to better manage Oregon’s wildlife resources. Hunter participation and migratory game bird harvest levels are needed to assist in setting regulations and justify future hunting seasons.

Thanks! Your cooperation is essential to responsible resource management and is greatly appreciated.

Know before you go:
Check fire restrictions!

It is a hunter’s responsibility to check fire restrictions before heading afield. Check with the land manager where you plan to hunt. To see a list of industrial forestland closures/restrictions visit and click on Wildfires/Forest Restrictions & Closures.

Most common fire restrictions

  • No smoking
  • No off-road driving
  • No exploding targets or tracer ammunition
  • Check if camp/warming fires are allowed. If open fires are permitted, make sure the fire is truly out when you’re done.

Don’t Shoot if it’s a Spruce Grouse

Spruce grouse are protected in Oregon and are not open to hunting

Spruce grouse only occur in the Wallowa Mountains of Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties of northeastern Oregon. Our small population of spruce grouse is likely geographically isolated from neighboring birds in Washington and Idaho, so we need to take extra care to protect them.

Spruce grouse are smaller than both blue and ruffed grouse. Male spruce grouse have a red eye comb, a black patch that covers the throat and upper chest, and white spotting on the lower chest. Females are browner and have white barring on the chest. Spruce grouse are often less wary of humans than blue and ruffed grouse. If you are grouse hunting in the Wallowa Mountains, please take the time to educate yourself on how to identify a spruce grouse before going out in the field.

Protect Oregon Waters from Invasive Species-Practice Clean, Drain, Dry

You may need an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit or a Waterway Access Permit!

  • “Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit”, required for all motorized boats.
  • Oregon resident, permit automatically included with motorboat registration
  • Non-residents motorized boats cost is $22
  • “Waterway Access permit”, required for all Non-motorized boats (drift boats, kayaks, rafts, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, etc.); 10 feet in length or longer for both resident and non-residents.
    • $7.00 weekly/7 days,
    • $19.00 annual,
    • $32.00 two-years.
  • One permit required per boat that is on the water; permit is transferable.
  • Purchase where hunting/fishing licenses are sold or the Electronic License system or online at Oregon State Marine Board website.

All boats, regardless of size, are required to stop at inspection stations when stations are open. Failure to stop could result in a $115 fine.

The Oregon Legislature established the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program in an effort to keep Oregon’s lakes, rivers and streams free of destructive aquatic invasive species like quagga mussels. See or for more information

Mountain Quail Locations Needed

ODFW and the USFS are conducting a survey to determine Mtn Quail locations east of the Cascade Mtns in Oregon. Please report any observations of Mtn Quail including the date, specific location (nearest creek, town, road, etc.), county of observation and number of quail to your local ODFW office or send to: Wildlife Division, ODFW, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or e-mail

Don’t Forget to Report

All turkey hunters who purchased a tag are required to report.

  • For 2021 fall turkey tags, the deadline is April 15, 2022.
  • For 2022 spring turkey tags, the deadline is Jan. 31, 2023.

Emergency Hunts

There are opportunities to take an additional turkey through emergency hunts. For more information see: