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Hunting Cougar in Oregon

The General Statewide Season

  • The Season is Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 or until Hunt Zone Quotas have been met, whichever occurs first.
  • Entire state is open. However, specific Hunt Quota Zones will be closed if harvest quotas for the year are met in that zone. See page 41 of the 2011 Oregon Big Game Regulations for quotas.
  • The Bag Limit is one cougar per tag, except that it is unlawful to take spotted kittens or females with spotted kittens.

License and Tag Requirements

Any person hunting cougar must have on their person a valid adult hunting license for the current year and a General Season Cougar Tag and/or an Additional Cougar Tag. Cougar tags for the 2011 season must be purchased between December 1, 2010 - October 1, 2011. An additional tag may be purchased throughout the season; however, hunters must purchase the general season tag prior to the deadline to be eligible for the additional tag.

Hunting Regulations

No person shall use dogs for the taking or pursuit of cougar. Permission is required to hunt on privately owned land. Any cougar taken must be presented at an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked. Hide and skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in. Please call ahead to make an appointment to have cougar checked. Check-in must occur during normal business hours (Mon. - Fri., 8-5). Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached, and submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken (pdf).

Cougar Conflict Target Areas

Points to remember while hunting in target areas

  • Hunters must follow all hunting regulations and the use of dogs is not allowed
  • Any cougar taken must be presented to an ODFW office within 10 days of the kill to be checked and marked
  • Hunters are required to check the hide with skull and proof of sex attached
  • Hunters are required to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken
  • Hunters must have permission to hunt on private property
  • Hunting within city limits of incorporated towns or cities is not legal
  • Hide and skull must be unfrozen when presented for check-in

 

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