Deer Hunting in Oregon

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  • D
  • 13,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 160,000 (whitetail, mule deer and blacktail)

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $63

    This fee includes $34.50 for hunting license and $28.50 for deer tag.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $615.50

    This fee includes $172 for hunting license and $443.50 for deer tag.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 178 2/8"

    Taken by Sterling Shaver in Wallowa County in 1982.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 6

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 189"

    Taken by Nancy Garrett in Grant County in 2007.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 1

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Big whitetails can be found in Oregon. (Tim Irwin photo)

Season Dates (2020):

Historically, dates largely vary by unit and region across Oregon, but for many hunters, archery season ranges from August 29 to September 27. Rifle (any legal weapon) seasons varies depending on unit. Please check the state DNR's website for details.

The Grade: D

If you’re looking to hunt Columbia Blacktail deer, the Beaver State offers excellent opportunities. It has some of the best public and private land hunting for this handsome deer species in the Lower 48, and some giant ones to boot. Mule deer hunting across Oregon isn’t too shabby either, and combined these two deer subspecies account for most of Oregon’s 525,000-plus total deer population.

Due to significant outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD) in the summer of 2019, a new deer bag limit takes effect this season. Also, there are several antlerless deer hunt closures across the state (649A, 654A, 655A, 655B1, and 655B2). Furthermore, out-of-state deer hunters must pay about $25 more than last year. By comparison, Washington is nearly $200 cheaper for non-resident hunters, offers better hunting, and didn't increase at all. Still, Oregon is working to simplify season dates and hunting regs. In a state where it was once easier to understand legalese than deer regs, that counts for something. All said, the Antler Nation is about whitetails and with Oregon’s whitetail population hovering below 15,000, and trophy potential slim, it earns a D.​

Antler Nation Knowledge:

The main whitetail distribution in Oregon trickles in from Washington and Idaho in the northeast corner of the state, and they are particularly found in Union, Wallowa and Umatilla counties. Although whitetail populations are relatively low, Oregon does offer numerous public-land opportunities for hunters to stretch their legs.

Also, unique to Oregon is the Columbian whitetail subspecies, and today they offer the only huntable population in the U.S. These smaller-bodied deer once roamed throughout the Northwest, but now only isolated pockets exist in the Umpqua Basin near Roseburg and along the lower Columbia River. In 1967, they were first recognized as endangered and were listed under the state and federal Endangered Species Act shortly thereafter. After nearly 30 years of strict management, they were delisted and today a small huntable population exists in the Roseburg area. Only a handful of hunters will have the opportunity to experience a Columbian whitetail hunt in the coming years, but as management numbers increase, tag opportunities are sure to follow. 

Don't forget, commercial cervid attractions (urines) are now illegal to use and possess, and August 28 is the deadline for most deer tag sales.