Oregon Hunting License Requirements

License Requirements for Hunters

All Hunters

  • Hunting License: All hunters must have a valid hunting license.
  • License Validity: Hunting licenses are valid from January 1 or from the time of purchase if after January 1, through December 31 of the document year.
  • One License Limit: No one may possess more than one valid annual hunting license.
  • Interstate Boundary: Any hunter with a valid Oregon or Idaho hunting license may hunt in the waters or on the islands of the Snake River, where the river forms the boundary between the two states. All laws and rules of the respective states apply.
  • Big Game Hunting: To hunt big game, you must have in possession a big game tag, either electronic or paper, valid for the dates, area, and species being hunted.
  • Documentation Access: Any documents in possession, either electronic or paper, must be accessible immediately upon request by Department staff or law enforcement.

Oregon Residency Requirements

  • Oregon Residency: To qualify as an Oregon resident, you must physically reside in Oregon for not less than six consecutive months immediately prior to the date of applying for a license, tag, or permit. Refer to page 91 for the complete definition of residency.
  • Exclusions: Resident status does not include a person who:
    • Merely owns property or pays property taxes in Oregon.
    • Claims resident privileges in another state or country.
  • False Application: Submitting a false application is a crime.
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