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Hunting Waterfowl - Northwest Oregon Permit Goose Season Testing

Online Testing

Goose Permit testing is required for all goose hunters in the NW Oregon general goose zone, in addition to the NW Oregon goose permit zone.

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

  • If you already have a valid NW Oregon Goose Permit you do not need to re-take this test.

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

  • Hunters who had valid permits at the end of 2013/2014 season can obtain their 2014/15 permit and attached harvest card in September 2014.

  • While hunters in the NW general zone may harvest more than one dusky Canada goose, we ask that they strive to harvest zero dusky Canada geese. Also, NW permit zone and general zone hunters may harvest 4 Canada geese per day. The NW Oregon goose test study materials, along with this test will help enable goose hunters to identify the various species and subspecies of geese during hunting situations and minimize their harvest of dusky and cackling Canada geese.

  • If dusky Canada goose quotas are exceeded within a hunt area of the NW Oregon permit zone, the hunt area will be closed to all goose hunting for the remainder of that hunt period. This means shooting a dusky can affect the hunting privileges for everyone who wishes to hunt in the NW Oregon permit zone.

  • Hunters failing to properly check harvested geese at a check station will have their permit invalidated for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season and will not be eligible to participate in the NW Oregon Permit Goose zone hunt during the 2015/2016 season. A new permit can be obtained by retaking and passing the NW goose identification exam after the 2015/2016 season.

  • NW Oregon general zone hunters are:
    • Not required to record goose harvest in the field
    • Not required to check in geese at the end of the hunt
    • Required to adhere to the special shooting hours found on page 10 of the 2014/2015 game bird regulations.
    • However, they must carry the NW Oregon goose permit with them while hunting geese in the NW Oregon general zone.
  • See the Game Bird Regulations (pdf) for complete regulations regarding goose hunters in the NW Oregon Goose Permit Zone and the NW Oregon Goose General Zone.

  • It is important that the person who will be using the permit is the only person taking the test. The test is intended to ensure that hunters are properly educated about the birds they will be hunting so they can avoid inadvertently violating hunting regulations which could potentially result in game violation citations and jeopardize goose hunting in NW Oregon.

  • If you have a hunting or fishing license from the current or previous year, please have it available to you before starting the test. You must provide your ODFW ID number from your license before your permit can be issued.

  • If you have never had a number assigned to you by purchasing an Oregon hunting or fishing license, please email or call (503) 947-6101. When emailing, please include your full name, gender, date of birth, resident and mailing address, telephone number and note if you are a resident or nonresident.

The test is available online and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Once you begin the test, you will need to finish during a single session. You cannot save your results and restart later. (Note: there are multiple tests available – if you stop and restart a test, you may be given a different test.)


After submitting your test, results will be shown immediately to you.  If you pass the exam, you may obtain your permit from any POS agent three days after passing your test.  The NW Goose Permit and Harvest card will not be mailed to you.

You may take the test up to three times per season. To pass the exam you must score 80% or higher. Individual test scores will not be made available. CONTACT INFORMATION: Carol Turner 503-947-6303

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