Public access is a rally cry heard across Oregon, and if you are a hunter, that's no different than public access to any other resource, so stick around and learn how you can gain access to hunting public land in Oregon.
What you'll need:
- Oregon hunting license
- Tags or stamps for the game you are hunting
- Legal hunting gear for the season in which you are hunting
- Hunter orange meeting state requirements
- Maps of public hunting grounds
- Non toxic shot for bird hunting
- Hunter Education. If you are under the age of 18 you will need to complete hunter education to hunt anywhere other than land owned by your parents, so take the class and get it out of the way. Also, if you are applying for controlled hunts, some of the most successful in Oregon, you may need to complete the Master Hunter certification, depending on the hunts for which you apply. In any case, training is an important part of becoming a hunter.
- Buy your license, tags and stamps. As in many states, you can buy your license, apply for controlled hunts, and buy general season tags online from the Department of Natural Resources in Oregon. Before you can hunt public land in Oregon you'll need to get these, either online or through an approved outlet.
- Review requirements for the land you plan to hunt. To reduce risk to hunters and to increase your chance of success, Oregon has limitations on hunting public land in some areas. For example, duck hunters must arrive early to enter daily drawings for blinds on public land around lakes and rivers. Hunting public land also requires checking hunting hours as some open later or close earlier than the state hunting hours for a given day or season.
- Scout the land. Like the pioneers who came across the Rockies on the Oregon trail, you need to take a pioneering spirit when you hunt public land in Oregon. Get up in the mountains and follow old logging trails on public land to see where you can successfully make a stand, come hunting season.
- Get your blaze on. Blaze orange is recommended by the Department of Natural Resources to reduce hunter accidents and may become mandatory in Oregon. Check local requirements to assure you are within appropriate guidelines.
- Go non-toxic. Some public hunting grounds in Oregon require the use of non-toxic shot for all bird species, especially if they are near waterways. Some non-toxic shot has the same performance as led, so do your research and practice with what you will shoot in hunting season.
- Have a great hunt. You are the pioneer when you hunt public land in Oregon. Strike out and take a stand for access to public resources and for strong environmental management practices in one of America's most public access minded states.
Oregon is rich in natural resources, and the people of Oregon have an ethic that supports strong land and wildlife management practices. The diversity of landscape and the hunts that can be had on public land across that landscape are vast. Hunting public land in Oregon is not to be missed.