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Oregon

Hunting

License Requirements

All Hunters

  • Must have a valid hunting license.
  • Hunting licenses are valid beginning January 1, or from time of purchase if after January 1, through December 31 of the document year.
  • No one may possess more than one valid annual hunting license.
  • Any hunter with a valid Oregon or Idaho hunting license may hunt in the waters or on the islands of the Snake Rvr, where the river forms the boundary between the two states. All laws and rules of the respective states apply.
  • To hunt big game you must have in possession a big game tag, either electronic or paper, valid for the dates, area, and species being hunted.
  • Certain licensing exceptions apply to youth, active duty military, veterans, and landowners. See Youth Hunting.
  • Any documents in possession, either electronic or paper, must be accessible immediately upon request by Department staff or law enforcement.

Oregon Residency Requirements

  • To qualify as an Oregon resident, you must physically reside in Oregon for not less than six consecutive months immediately prior to the date of applying for a license, tag, or permit. See Definitions for complete definition.
  • Resident does not include a person who:
    • Merely owns property or pays property taxes in Oregon.
    • Claims resident privileges in another state or country.
  • Submitting a false application is a crime.