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Game Bird Hunting

Game Bird Hunting

Northwest Permit Goose Season

Open Season

  • Oct. 19 - Oct. 27
  • Nov. 23 - Jan. 16, 2025
  • Feb. 8 - Mar. 10, 2025

Except for open units at Sauvie Island WA (see below) where open days are WA hunt days (Wildlife Area Reservation Hunts) occurring during the Northwest Permit Goose Season.

Bag Limit

  • 3 Canada Geese (except dusky Canada geese which are closed to harvest, see dusky Canada goose definition on General Hunting Regulations).
  • 10 white-fronted geese
  • 20 white geese

Except only white geese (bag limit of 20) may be taken in units of the Sauvie Island WA open to goose hunting during the Northwest Permit Goose Season (see below).

All harvested geese must remain intact and fully feathered in the field and while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Permit Zone Boundary

All of Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Cos. Within this boundary, the following ODFW WAs are closed to goose hunting during the Northwest Permit Goose Season:

  • Fern Ridge WA (including Fern Ridge Reservoir and all Corps of Engineers lands in the Fern Ridge Project)
  • E. E. Wilson WA
  • Sauvie Island WA, except the Eastside, Westside and Oak Island Units. See open season and bag limit exceptions above.

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours for geese in the Northwest Permit Zone during the Northwest Permit Goose Season.




Oct. 19 - Oct. 25

7:37 AM

6:16 PM

Oct. 26 - Oct. 27

7:46 AM

6:05 PM

Oct. 28 - Nov. 22

Nov. 23 - Nov. 29

7:22 AM

4:37 PM

Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

7:30 AM

4:34 PM

Dec. 7 - Dec. 13

7:37 AM

4:34 PM

Dec. 14 - Dec. 20

7:42 AM

4:35 PM

Dec. 21 - Dec. 27

7:46 AM

4:38 PM

Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

7:47 AM

4:44 PM

Jan. 4 - Jan. 10

7:47 AM

4:51 PM

Jan. 11 - Jan. 16

7:44 AM

4:59 PM

Jan. 17 - Feb. 7

Feb. 8 - Feb. 14

7:17 AM

5:37 PM

Feb. 15 - Feb. 21

7:06 AM

5:46 PM

Feb. 22 - Feb. 28

6:55 AM

5:56 PM

Mar. 1 - Mar. 8

6:43 AM

6:05 PM

Mar. 9 - Mar. 10

7:33 AM

7:13 PM

Permit Requirements

In addition to hunting license and stamp/validation requirements, hunters must possess an annual Northwest Goose Permit while hunting. To be eligible to obtain a Northwest Goose Permit, hunters must have passed a goose identification test provided by the Oregon or Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife after 1996 and have a valid Northwest Goose Certification on file with ODFW. Hunters who successfully complete a goose test in Washington are eligible to receive a permit in Oregon, please call 503-947-6301 for more information. A permit is not needed to hunt during the September Goose Season.

To obtain study material and take the goose identification test, please visit The test can be taken a maximum of three times per season. If you fail the test a third time in one season you will need to wait until the next season to test again. After passing the test, hunters may obtain a Northwest Goose Permit online or anywhere ODFW licenses are sold.

Dusky Canada geese are closed to harvest, the permit will become invalid for the remainder of the season if the holder takes any dusky Canada goose. In addition, it is a wildlife violation to take or possess a dusky Canada goose. Hunters who have their permit invalidated for taking a dusky Canada goose may obtain a new permit for subsequent seasons by retaking and passing the goose identification test.