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Hunting in Oregon: 6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 03:38 PM

Along with every other state, Oregon requires hunting enthusiasts to obtain a license before they head into the backcountry in search of game.

Here are six things to know before you go hunting in the Beaver State:

1. Hunting License Cost
Hunting licenses in Oregon cost considerably more for visitors than residents, as do game tags, which you must purchase for every big-game species you hope to bag.

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To qualify for a resident license, you must have "physically dwelled" in Oregon for at least six months prior to applying for the license. Some active-duty armed forces members are excluded from this requirement.

2. Hunting License Expiration

Hunting licenses expire on Dec. 31 of each year, regardless of when you received yours. Anyone over the age of 17 must buy an adult hunting license.

3. Hunting On Land You Own
You don't need a hunting license to hunt on your own land or on land owned by your immediate family, unless you are chasing game for which a tag is required. If that's the case a license is required as well.

4. Tag Restrictions
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will not change tags if you accidentally ask for the wrong one. The ODFW suggests that you apply for more than one hunt in case your first choice is canceled.

5. Application Options
Oregon makes it easy to apply for a hunting license. All the work can be done in person, by mail, or conveniently online.

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6. Private Permits
In Oregon, though, there is an added complication: because of the extensive holdings of timber companies, hunters may also need a private permit or lease to hunt in certain areas. Weyerhaeuser, in particular, manages 11 vast "tree farms" where it permits hunting, camping, and other activities.

However, it requires visitors to adhere to a rather long and stringent list of rules and regulations that are more restrictive than those imposed by the state.

These may be different for each tract, so visit the company's website to determine what a conditions apply to the area you'd prefer to hunt in. You have to visit its website anyway, as permits and leases are available only online, and may be be paid for only by debit or credit card.

The permits, hangtags, and keys that will be sent to you will not be replaced if you lose them. Also, the permits can include immediate family members, if you do not list them on the application, you cannot add them later. You can also "lease" an area, reserving the right to hunt in it exclusively to yourself. Permits are a set price, and leases are put up for bid.

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

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