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Hunting Waterfowl - Northwest Oregon Permit Goose Season Testing

canada gooseTo obtain a Northwest Oregon Goose Hunting Permit, take the test online.

A permit is not needed to hunt during any Special September Canada Goose Season.

Oregon Game Bird Regulations

As of fall 2015, the Northwest Permit and Northwest General Zones have been combined into a single zone called the Northwest Permit Zone (see map).

All goose hunters in the Northwest Permit Zone during the regular goose season (Oct-March), are required to have taken the Northwest Oregon Goose Test. Goose hunters must carry their Northwest Goose hunting permit while hunting. Northwest goose hunters need to observe the shooting hours on page 23 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations. If you already have a valid Northwest Oregon Goose Permit you do not need to re-take the test.

  • The season for Dusky Canada Geese has been closed. It is a wildlife violation to shoot a Dusky Canada Goose.
  • There are no longer goose check stations.
  • Legal shooting hours in the Northwest Permit Zone have been changed. See shooting table on page 23 of Game Bird Regulations.
  • Geese must be intact and fully feathered in the field and while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the possessor.

Persons who do not have the ability to take an online test should call (503) 947-6324 to arrange an appointment to take the exam in person.  Any hunter wishing to receive training materials to prepare for a test may call (503) 947-6303 or you may download the PDF below. Please note that the study guide available on this site is different than the hard copy version that is sent to persons who request a hard copy of a study guide.

Permits may be obtaining from any Point of Sale agent. Please note a $2.00 agent fee does apply.  Duplicate goose hunting permits may only be obtained at ODFW’s headquarters’ office, region offices and some district offices. There will not be a harvest card attached to your permit as it is no longer needed.

Average time to take the test is 30-35 minutes.  You will need your ODFW number to take the test.  You will immediately receive notification of your test results. If you pass the exam, you may obtain your permit from any POS agent three days after passing your test.  You have up to three chances to pass the exam with 80% correct or better per season.

A video, "Pacific Northwest Goose Management" is available to purchase through Videoland Productions, Inc., 1-800-845-9448.  The video can also be viewed online using the link below.

If you have difficulties downloading the large Study Booklet file, above, please download the document in sections using the files below:


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