Hunting Hours for Game Mammals
When it comes to hunting game mammals, it's essential to be aware of the designated shooting hours to ensure a safe and responsible hunting experience. In Oregon, the shooting hours for hunting game mammals follow a specific timeframe:
Start Time: Hunting for game mammals begins half an hour before sunrise.
End Time: The designated hunting hours extend until half an hour after sunset.
Regulations Regarding Aircraft, ATVs, Boats, Drones, and Vehicles in Hunting
To ensure the ethical and responsible practice of hunting, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has established specific regulations regarding the use of aircraft, ATVs, boats, drones, and vehicles. These regulations aim to maintain fair and safe hunting practices while conserving wildlife populations. Here are the key regulations you need to be aware of:
Hunting from Motor-Propelled Vehicles: It is unlawful to hunt or harass any wildlife from a motor-propelled vehicle. Hunters must engage in fair chase and not use vehicles to gain an unfair advantage.
Aircraft Restrictions: Hunting within eight hours of having been transported by, communicating with, or receiving information on the location of a game mammal from an aircraft is prohibited. This rule helps maintain the integrity of the hunting experience.
Drones Prohibited: The use of drones for hunting, trapping, or angling is strictly prohibited. Drones cannot be used to harass, track, locate, or scout wildlife. Additionally, interfering with lawful hunting, trapping, or angling activities using drones is not allowed.
Motor Vehicle Use Restrictions: Operating or being transported by a motor-propelled vehicle in violation of motor vehicle use restrictions is prohibited. This includes electric assisted bicycles and aircraft, except for designated air strips.
Snowmobile and ATV Regulations: Firearms and bows must be unloaded when operating a snowmobile or ATV, with exceptions for individuals licensed to carry concealed handguns in Oregon and current or honorably retired law enforcement officers.
Definition of "Unloaded": For the purpose of these regulations, "unloaded" means specific conditions for different firearm types, muzzleloaders, and bows. Ensure your firearm or bow meets these criteria when using a motor vehicle.
Artificial Light Restrictions: Casting an artificial light from a motor vehicle while in possession of a weapon is prohibited. Additionally, casting artificial light upon game mammals, predatory animals, or livestock from within 500 feet of a motor vehicle while in possession of a weapon is not allowed.
Shooting from Motorboats or Sailboats: Shooting game mammals from or with the help of any motorboat or sailboat is regulated. The motor must be shut off, and the sail furled, with all movement caused by the motor or sail stopped before shooting.
Cervid (Deer/Elk Family) Carcass Parts Import Restrictions
To protect Oregon's cervid (deer/elk family) populations from the spread of diseases, there are strict regulations on importing or possessing parts of cervid carcasses from other states or countries. These regulations are in place to prevent the introduction of diseases that can harm wildlife.
Prohibited Cervid Carcass Parts: Except for specific exemptions, it is unlawful to import or possess all or parts of a cervid carcass from outside Oregon. Common cervid species affected by these regulations include deer, elk, moose, and caribou.
Allowed Cervid Carcass Parts: The following cervid carcass parts are allowed for import into Oregon:
- Meat that is cut and wrapped commercially or privately.
- Meat that has been boned out.
- Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached.
- Hides and/or capes with no head attached.
- Skull plates with antlers attached that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue.
- Entire skulls that have been processed to remove all meat and brain tissue.
- Antlers (including velvet antlers) with no brain tissue attached.
- Upper canine teeth (e.g., buglers, whistlers, ivories).
- Finished taxidermy heads and finished European-style skull mounts.