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Hunting in Oregon: 5 Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 12:24 AM

In Oregon’s winter hunting season, the furbearer that helped build the state once again becomes popular prey. The beaver is among many game animals open to hunting in Oregon during the winter.

Beaver trapping is a 200-year-old tradition in the Beaver state, dating back to the trailblazers who trapped their way west in search of the pelts. Often called “nature’s little engineer,” the beaver as dam-builder is loved by anglers for enhancing the state’s salmon supply.

For hunters in search of bigger prey, winter season in Oregon is the best time of year.

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Here is a list of animals that can be hunted legally from November to February:

1. Elk
Elk are often trophy-size in parts of Oregon, particularly on private lands where hunters are more sparse. The large bull is difficult to hunt, according to experts, which makes the catch that much more meaningful to hunters. In the 2014 season, elk numbers were down making the successful hunt even more difficult.

"One out of five hunters will get a deer, but it’s one out of 20 or more who will get their elk," Steve Niemela, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife assistant wildlife biologist, told the Medford Mail Tribune.

Bow hunting season begins early, usually at the end of September and lasting through October. Rifle hunts, the most popular, have two short seasons. The first runs in mid-October and the second in last weeks of November.

2. Black Bears
Black bears are another popular big-game animal for Oregon hunters. The bears can only be tracked during controlled hunts offered by the state fish and wildlife agency. Hunters must register and obtain a license in February, far in advance. Only one bear per season can be bagged, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

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3. Black-Tail Deer
Oregon’s black-tail deer are a prized prey, and the state has set strict requirements for deer hunting. Rifle hunters are allowed one antlered buck per season.

4. California Quail
In the bird family, California quail are sought up and down the Western states, Wide Open Spaces reported. The bird is plentiful in Oregon, and the catch restrictions are looser than big game. The state has set a daily bag limit of 10 quail.

5. Cougars
Cougars are plentiful game during the winter but also year-round. The state added the cougar to the list of game animals after noting an increase in population. More mountain cats threatens the ecosystem, so hunting is viewed as population control.

Still, hunters are only allowed one adult cougar per year, Wide Open Spaces said.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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