Veterans & Active-Duty Waterfowl Hunt Information for Feb. 3, 2024

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours vary, so please refer to the Shooting Hours table for detailed information. In the Northwest Permit Zone, legal shooting hours for geese are from 7:24 a.m. to 5:29 p.m.

Bag Limit

Hunters are allowed to take ducks (including mergansers), coots, and geese at the established bag limits. For specific bag limits, please refer to the Migratory Game Bird Seasons.


Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training), may participate in this hunt. Federal regulations define those eligible to participate in this hunt.


Each hunter must have the following in possession:

  • A valid hunting license
  • A valid state waterfowl or nonresident game bird validation
  • A valid HIP validation
  • A valid Federal Duck stamp
  • Valid proof of veterans or active duty status issued by the U.S. Department of Defense or Veteran’s Affairs.

Open Areas

This hunting season is open statewide; however, some public lands may not be open for hunting during this season. It is advisable to check with the appropriate management agency before hunting. All ODFW WAs (Wildlife Areas), except those with seasonal closures to protect big game (such as Elkhorn, Bridge Creek, etc.), are open for this hunt.

Daily Hunt Permits

Daily hunt permits, where required during the regular season, are also required. At Fern Ridge WA (East, West, and South Coyote units) and Sauvie Island WA (Eastside, Westside, and Oak Island), public hunt permits will be issued through a random drawing conducted at the check stations. For check station locations, please see the State Wildlife Area Regulations.

Drawing and Check Stations

For hunters participating in the drawings at Sauvie Island, it's essential to be in the vehicle line at the Westside check station 1-1/2 hours before shooting time or the reservation vehicle line at the Eastside check station 2 hours before shooting time (Shooting Hours). Each hunter will be given the opportunity to draw a random number, and hunters in parties (up to four members who must all be eligible to participate in the hunt) will be assigned the lowest random number drawn among the party’s members.

Check Out Times

Shooting hours end at 4:00 p.m., and all hunters must check out at check stations by 6:00 p.m. For hunters wishing to hunt in the East, West, and South Coyote units at Fern Ridge, they must be present at the check station 1-1/2 hours before shooting time. Each hunter will be given the opportunity to draw a random number. WA staff will then draw from a corresponding set of numbers to determine the order for choosing hunting sites. Hunters successful during the drawing may be accompanied by one hunting guest (who must also be eligible to participate in the hunt). Shooting hours close at 1:00 p.m., and all public access closes at 2:00 p.m. Hunters must check out using the self-checkout boxes located in the parking lots.

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