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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.

*The Goose Identification Test is currently not available. Please check back after the 2015-2016 Game Bird Regulations are available.

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

Permits and an attached harvest card may be obtaining from any Point of Sale agent. Please note a $2.00 agent fee does apply.  Keep the permit and harvest card attached until you check your geese at a check station. The check station attendant will take your harvest card and issue you a new harvest card. Duplicate goose hunting permits and harvest cards may only be obtained at ODFW’s headquarters’ office, region offices and some district offices.

Oregon Game Bird Regulations (pdf)

All goose hunters in the Northwest General Zone, in addition to the Northwest Permit Zone, are required to have taken the Northwest Oregon Goose Test. Goose hunters in the Northwest General Zone must carry their Northwest Goose hunting permit while hunting. General zone hunters do not need to carry a goose harvest card and do not need to check geese at check stations .  Northwest General Zone goose hunters need to observe the shooting hours on page 10 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations and are asked to avoid shooting dusky Canada geese and observe bag limit restrictions on cackling Canada geese. If you already have a valid Northwest Oregon Goose Permit you do not need to re-take the test.

Goose hunting in the permit zone is prohibited before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m. prior to February 7th and goose hunting is prohibited before 7:30 a.m. and after 4 p.m. thereafter.

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.

A video, "Pacific Northwest Goose Management" is available for $10 plus $2 shipping and handling by calling 1-800-845-9448 (Visa and MasterCard only-no checks or cash). This video will greatly enhance your chance of success in passing the examination.  The video can also be viewed online.

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.

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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