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Hunting Bear in Oregon

Oregon offers a spring and fall bear hunting season. Fall is entirely general season; spring bear is controlled in NW and Eastern Oregon. A limited number of SW Oregon spring bear tags are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and usually sell out in early February.

The Spring Hunting Season (April 1 or 15 – May 31)

Spring bear controlled hunt applications are due by Feb. 10 . Apply online or at any license sales agent.

See the Oregon Big Game Regulations for details. There are more than 4,200 controlled hunt tags available and 4,400 first-come, first-serve SW Oregon tags available for 2016.

Remember that if you purchase a SW Oregon tag prior to the drawing you are not eligible to apply for a controlled hunt or get a Point Saver. SW Oregon tags usually sell out in early February, before draw results are available.

The General Statewide Season

  • Open Season - Western Oregon: Aug. 1 - Dec. 31 - All units west of the eastern boundaries of Santiam, McKenzie, Indigo, Dixon and Rogue units except those lands within one mile of Rogue River between Grave Creek and Lobster Creek, which are closed.

  • Open Season - Eastern Oregon: Aug. 1 - Nov 30 - All units east of the eastern boundaries of Santiam, McKenzie, Indigo, Dixon and Rogue Units.

  • Southwest Oregon Additional Bear: Aug. 1 - Dec. 31: (all of units 20-30) (Requires a resident SW Additional, a nonresident SW Additional, or a nonresident Cascade additional bear tag.

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

  • Note: Nonresident tags are valid for only one of the areas
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Mandatory Check for all Harvested Bears

The skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked. Skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in. Check-in at ODFW offices must occur during normal business hours (Mon. - Fri., 8-5). Please call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked. Hunters are required to check-in the skull only, for the purpose of inspection, tagging and removal of a pre-molar tooth for aging.


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