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Small Game Trapping and Hunting Regulations

Trapper Education Requirement

By action of the 1985 Oregon Legislature, all trappers born after June 30, 1968, and all first-time Oregon trappers are required to complete an approved trapper education course.

The course is not required of persons trapping on land owned or leased by that person, the person’s immediate family, or a person’s agent who is controlling damage to livestock or agricultural crops.

The course may be completed at home. Testing will take place at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) offices throughout the state. A furtaker’s license will be issued by the Salem ODFW Headquarters office after the test has been successfully completed and mailed to Salem Headquarters, and the license application with payment has been received.

Course materials are available by writing or telephoning Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, I&E Division, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, (800) 720-6339.

Trapper Education Program

License Requirements

Juveniles younger than 14 years of age are not required to purchase a license, except to hunt or trap bobcat and otter. However, they must register to receive a brand number through the Salem ODFW office. To trap bobcat or otter, juveniles must complete the trapper education course.

Landowners must obtain either a furtaker’s license, a hunting license for furbearers, or a free license to take furbearers on land they own and on which they reside. To receive the free license, the landowner must obtain from Salem ODFW Headquarters office a receipt of registration for the location of such land prior to hunting or trapping furbearing mammals on that land.

License and Tag Fees

Furtakers need either a Furtaker’s License or a Hunting License for Furbearers. A Furtaker's License allows the holder to trap, hunt and pursue. A Hunting License for Furbearers allows the holder only to hunt and pursue. A general hunting license does not allow the holder to trap, hunt or pursue furbearers, but only to hunt unprotected mammals (see definition on page 7 of Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations.)

LICENSE FEE
Resident Furtaker's License $47.00
Nonresident Furtaker's License $352.00
Resident Hunting License for Furbearers $22.00
Resident Juvenile Furtakers License (Age 14-17) $17.00
Juveniles younger than 14 See license requirements above

The above license and record card fees each include a $2.00 license agent fee. Further information on licenses and tags is available by writing or telephoning Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Licensing Section, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, (503) 947-6100.

Mandatory Annual Reporting

Persons who were licensed, but did not fill out and return a completed furtaker harvest report form postmarked by April 15, will not be issued a furbearer harvest license for the following season unless they complete and return the late Harvest Report form and application with a $50.00 fee at time of renewal.

Important Marten Harvest Information

The Department of Fish and Wildlife requests that furtakers provide the date, location of harvest and sex of marten taken, and that all marten carcasses be turned in to the local ODFW office prior to March 1, following each season. Furtaker cooperation is critical to successful future management of this species.

Furbearer Pursuit Seasons (Statewide)

No animals shall be killed except during authorized open harvest seasons. A bobcat record card must be in possesion to harvest bobcat. A Furtaker's License or Hunting License for furbearers must be in possesion to pursue.

Bobcat Pursuit Season September 1 through February 28
Fox Pursuit Season September 1 through February 28
Raccoon Pursuit Season September 1 through March 15

Furbearer Harvest Seasons

OPEN SEASONS OPEN AREAS AND SPECIAL REGULATIONS
Bobcat
December 1 through February 28 WESTERN OREGON - No bag limit. All counties west of the summit of the Cascades, except Klamath and Hood River Counties. See page 3 of the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for special bobcat regulations.
December 1 through February 28 EASTERN OREGON - Bag limit: Five (5) bobcats. All counties east of the summit of the Cascades, including all of Klamath and Hood River Counties. See page 5 of the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for special bobcat regulations.
 
Grey Fox
November 15 through February 28 Entire State
 
Red Fox
Open season entire year Baker, Gilliam, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler Counties
October 15 through January 15 Remainder of state
 
Marten
November 1 through January 31 Entire State. The department requests that furtakers provide the date, location of harvest, and sex of marten taken, and that all marten carcasses be turned in to the local ODFW office prior to March 1, following each season. Furtaker cooperation is critical for successful future management of this species.
 
Muskrat/Mink
November 15 through March 31 Entire State
 
Raccoon
November 15 through March 15 Entire State
 
River Otter
November 15 through March 15 Entire state except for all the areas closed to beaver trapping. See page 5 of the Oregon Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for special river otter regulations.
 
Fisher, Ringtail Cat, Wolverine, Kit Fox and Sea Otter
Closed season entire year
 
Badger, Coyote, Nutria, Opossum, Porcupine, Spotted Skunk, Striped Skunk and Weasel.
Open season entire year Requires appropriate Furtaker’s License to trap (also allows hunting),or appropriate Hunting License for Furbearer’s or general Hunting License to hunt these species.
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