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Hunting Waterfowl - Northwest Oregon Permit Goose Season Testing

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

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

Oregon Game Bird Regulations

The Northwest Permit Zone and Northwest General Zones were combined in 2015. The zone is now called the Northwest Permit Zone.

All goose hunters in the Northwest Permit Zone are required to have taken the Northwest Oregon Goose Test. Goose hunters must carry their Northwest Goose hunting permit while hunting. Northwest General Zone 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.
  • A Northwest Oregon Goose Permit must be purchased annually.
  • The permit costs $2.00 and is printed separately from the hunting license.
  • The season for Dusky Canada Geese is closed.  It is a wildlife violation to shoot a Dusky Canada Goose.
  • Legal shooting hours for geese in the Northwest Permit Zone are listed in the shooting time table (sunrise to sunset). See shooting hours table on page 23 of Game Bird Regulations.
  • All days of the week (during the open NW Permit season) are open to goose hunting.
  • 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) 947-6315 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 purchased 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 hunter/angler ID 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.
Canada Goose Identification Video
Canada Goose Identification Video

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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