About Hunting in Oregon

August, September and October are the months when most big game hunters will be in the woods or on the grasslands. Many have long-standing traditions of deer or elk camp spent with family and friends. There are two ways to hunt big game in Oregon – during a general season or in a controlled hunt.

Oregon has plenty of deer hunting opportunities among beautiful landscapes. Western Oregon’s reclusive black-tails live in the lush habitat of the coastal mountains and western Cascades. Eastern Oregon’s mule deer live in the more open country of the High Desert and the northeast. Oregon also boasts a growing white-tail population and opportunity to hunt them in controlled hunts in the southwest and northeast portions of the state.

Oregon’s elk are one of the most sought-after species for hunters and the second most popular game animal after deer. Rocky Mountain elk are found in eastern Oregon and Roosevelt elk are found in western Oregon, with most concentrated in the Coast, Cascade and Blue Mountain ranges.

Black bears can be found throughout Oregon. Both fall and spring hunting opportunities are available.

Big game in Oregon: Black bear, cougar, deer, elk.

Oregon General Season Dates 2021 – 2022

For more detailed information as well as Antlerless dates, controlled hunts, etc please download the state PDF here.

SeasonDatesUnitsLimitsTag
Black bearAug 1 – Dec 31StatewideGeneral Season Fall Tag
Additional bear: Aug 1 – Dec 31Additional General Season Fall Tag
Buck Deer, western Oregon Any Legal WeaponOct 2 – Nov 510 – 301 buck with visible antlerGeneral Any Legal Weapon Western Oregon Tag
Buck Deer, eastern ArcheryBeginning in 2021, eastern Oregon archery is entirely controlled hunts.
Deer, western ArcheryAug 28 – Sept 26*11, 12, 14, 22, 24,
26, 27, 28
1 buck with visible antlerGeneral Archery Season Western Oregon Tag
*See page 29 of Big Game Regulations for late season hunts.
South Indigo, see
details below
1 deer
Aug 28 – Sept 26
Nov 13 – Dec 5
25, 29, 301 buck with visible antler
Aug 28 – Sept 26
Nov 13 – Dec 5
231 deer
Aug 28 – Sept 26
Nov 20 – Dec 12
10, 17, 18, 201 buck with visible antler
Aug 28 – Sept 26
Nov 20 – Dec 12

15, 16, 19, northern area of 21
1 deer
Elk, Any Legal WeaponNov 6-1216, 19, 21, 22, 29, 301 bull elkGeneral West Cascade Tag
Elk, Any Legal WeaponNov 13 – 1611, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, and 281 bull elkCoast Elk 1st Season
Nov 20 – 2611, 15, 17, 18, 23, 281 bull elkCoast Elk 2nd Season
12, 14, 201 spike elkCoast Elk 2nd Season
Nov 6 – 1449, 50, 52, 53, 61, 62, 63, unit 48 north and
west of N Fork John Day Rvr and Unit 51 north of Hwy 245 and
Burnt Rvr Canyon Rd between Unity and Durkee.
1 spike elkRocky Mtn. Elk 2nd Season
White-tailed deer are protected in all Western Oregon units except controlled hunts in Southwest Oregon that specifically list white-tailed deer in the bag limit.

South Indigo: That part of Unit 21 south of the following line: beginning along the eastern edge of Unit 21 at the Pacific Crest Trail; south on the Pacific Crest Trail to Trail 3641; westerly on Trails 3641, 3643 and 1407 to FS Rd 770; westerly on FRs 770, 2154, 236, 436 to FR 3810; northwest on 3810 to junction of FR 3810 and 5851; north on 5851 to Trail 1407; north on 1407 to FR 5850; north and west on 5850 to 745; westerly along FRs 745, 2213, 767, 2212 (Champion Saddle) and County Rd 2460 (Sharps Creek Rd) to BLM Rd 23-1-12; southwest on BLM Rds 23-1-12 and 23-1-13 to BLM Rd 23-3-5.4 (Big River Rd); northwest on BLM Rd 23-3-5.4 to the unit boundary at London Rd.

Controlled hunts

Controlled hunt tags are limited and are available only through a drawing or lottery. They must be applied for in advance through the control hunt process and are usually required for hunts in eastern Oregon. The deadline to apply for controlled hunt tags is May 15 each year, except for spring bear hunts where the application deadline is Feb. 10.

Specific controlled hunts, and their seasons, are listed on the official sites.

**Please see official site for Antlerless Deer Seasons**

Oregon 2021 Big Game License Fees

LicenseResidentNonresident
Annual Hunting License$34.50$172.00
Combined Angling and Hunting$73.00N/A
Sports Pac$196.50N/A
Resident with Columbia River Basin Endorsement $206.25

Oregon 2021 Big Game Tag and Permit Fees

TagResidentNonresident
Black Bear$16.50$16.50
Additional Black Bear (fall)$16.50$16.50
Deer$28.50$443.50
Elk$49.50$588.00

Links to Official Sites

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Buy a License

Big Game Hunting

Oregon 2021 Big Game Hunting Regulations PDF