Turkey Hunting in Oregon

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  • B
  • 40,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Rio Grande; some Merriam’s and hybrids

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 13,000 (turkey)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $34.50 (hunting license) plus turkey tag ($25.50)

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $172.00 (hunting license) plus turkey tag ($87.50)

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

From a statistical standpoint, the Beaver State wouldn’t take top honors as a national turkey hunting hotspot. However, with hunter success high in several regions and easy over-the-counter tag availability, it’s really about where you go to find enjoyment chasing our great American game bird.

For the 2022 spring turkey season, hunts are statewide, from mid April to late May, with a seasonal bag limit of three birds ("one male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard"), tags and regions providing. 

As with many Western destinations, public hunting opportunities abound.

For the nonresident, licensing seems reasonable and but turkey tags, a shade high. If you live several states or farther away, getting there can also set you back some.

As a side note, there's all that great Pacific Northwest fishing to be had (a pleasant diversion I once sampled).

That said, Oregon pulls a solid "B" Turkey Hunting Nation grade.

Some History and Where to Go

Wild turkeys are not native to Oregon and were first successfully introduced in 1961. Today, the Beaver State is primarily home to the Rio Grande subspecies, some Merriam’s, and a hybridization of the two. Since then more than 10,000 birds have been transplanted to locations all over the state.

And annually, about 4,000 bearded birds are taken during the spring season.

The highest bird densities are in the western/southwestern corner around Roseburg (16-plus per square mile) south to Medford (six to 15 per square mile).

Strong populations also exist farther north and around The Dalles (six to 15 per square mile). 

Recently the top-producing regions were Melrose, White River, Rogue, Evans Creek, and McKenzie, which made up over one-third of the total statewide kill.

The northeast corner of Oregon is a popular destination among turkey hunters. It’s also a prime location to hunt spring gobblers in several states. 

Success rates run between 40% and 50% within most of these areas. 

— Steve Hickoff 

Turkey hunting in Oregon. Image by Gizmo Photo / Shutterstock

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