Oregon – From a Deer Hunter’s POV

Posted: 08/29/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Legal, News, Regulations
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This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.


Is the information easy to find?

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Resources page is at the top of the search results.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

The web site relies heavily on bullet points and PDF files, in some cases with a circular reference on the bullet point (it points back to itself), the Deer Regulations PDF is 15 pages long and contains page after page of seasons and maps detailing the micromanagement of these seasons. The public hunting section is the same, with bullet points under headers that lead to PDF’s or webpages such as the Oregon Hunting Map page, though the map page is useful. Finding the license cost page was a bit of a scavenger hunt as well, as the bullet points and links continually point towards the main hunting regulations PDF. This site is difficult for users to use, with the search function even returning to the bullet point system.

Grade: D

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Oregon uses an extremely micromanaged lottery system, as an example of the regulations, here is a screenshot from the Deer Hunting PDF segment:

Please note, that is one quarter of a page out of fifteen pages.  Also, Columbian White-Tailed Deer are a protected species in parts of the state.  It also appears as though you may need to purchase a hunting license before you can apply for a controlled hunt, something not seen so far in this series.  More research indicates that there is a general season for deer that does not require a drawing, however finding this information was neither easy nor quick.

Grade: D

How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Oregon resident hunting licenses are priced at $29.50, with general deer tags priced at $24.50.  Nonresident annual license are priced at $140.50, with deer tags priced at $375.50 for the Coast or Cascade regions, with a harvest limit of two bucks (2 point+).  Applying for controlled hunts costs both residents and nonresidents $8.00, and can be purchased in packages: for deer raffle tickets the packages are sold in 1, 6, 16, 40, and 100 tickets per pack.  These are confusing as the big game controlled hunt applications list at $8.00, while the deer raffle tickets list as priced at $4.50, $11.50, $21.50, $51.50 and $101.50 for the packs listed previously, there is no clarification on the page, so most users would have to assume that to apply for a 100 ticket deer package would it would cost $8.00 for the application, and $101.50 for 100 tickets.

There is also no clarification on the tags and permits on whether or not a general deer tag or annual hunting license is required, though the previous statement that an annual hunting license is required to apply for controlled hunts is something of an indication that at the very least the annual hunting license is needed.  This means that $148.50 plus the number of tickets purchased is NONREFUNDABLE.

Grade: D

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

The seasons are presented in a somewhat logical manner, with a map of the state divided into regions and a list of the general seasons, however the controlled hunts are pages long and while some of the hunts conform to a simple system, many of them have different dates or other micromanaged alterations.

The controlled hunts are listed by areas, with the hunts listed by hunt number, name, bag limit, open season the number of tags available and the number of tags applied for in the previous season.  This looks intimidating at first, but it does give users an idea of where to apply based on previous years left over tag statistics.

The charts make up for the page after page of details by spelling out the previous years’ ratio of tags to applications.

Grade: C

Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers maps of private lands, controlled hunts, travel management areas and wildlife areas on the Maps page. These are not highly detailed maps, as an example, the map of Grizzly 38 show part of Maupin 40, Fossil 45, Ochoco 37, and Warm Springs Tribal Reservation. There is very little topographical detail, in fact, this is more of a road map with some forest and land ownership markings than a hunting map. The Murderers Creek map is somewhat better, but still very light on topographical detail.  The details of this combined public and private hunting system are also difficult to find, the only Wildlife Management Area specific information that can be readily found is a visitors guide.

The maps are better than no maps at all, but a decent DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer will have much better information.

Grade: C

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Chronic Wasting Disease is not present in Oregon. There were no overt conflicts or warnings on the ODFW web page, nor did a quick general search on the internet find any issues with activists or criminals.

Grade: A

Summary: Final Grade D+

This web site is not well designed, first time users would be quickly frustrated by the circular links in many areas, the lack of up-front information, and the necessity of digging into PDF files to find most of the information needed.  I would recommend scrapping the entire hunting section of the site and contracting with eRegulations or a similar company to generate a usable hunting page.  The prices are high for the bag limit, and the entire feel of the system is that of a state that has gone far, far overboard on micromanaging every aspect of hunting.

States CompletedAlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware,

FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndiana, IowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMaryland

MassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire

New JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahoma


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