Youth Waterfowl Hunts

Eligibility

Hunters 17 years and younger, accompanied by a non-hunting adult aged 21 or older, are eligible to participate in youth waterfowl hunts unless otherwise noted. Youth who are part of the Mentored Youth Hunter Program (see Mentored Youth Hunter Program) are not eligible. On ODFW managed lands, all participants, including adults, must wear shooting glasses (eye protection).

Requirements

Each youth hunter must have the following in their possession:

  • A Hunter Education Certificate or a Department-issued document (e.g., hunting license) containing their Hunter Education Certificate Number.
  • A permit for the hunt area (if required).
  • A valid hunting license with HIP (Harvest Information Program) validation in their possession.
  • Hunters aged 12 or older must have a state waterfowl validation in their possession.
  • Hunters aged 16 or older must have a valid federal duck stamp in their possession.

Statewide Season

The youth waterfowl season in Oregon is from September 30 to October 1. Please note that some public lands may not be open for hunting during this season, so it's essential to check with the appropriate management agency for youth hunting allowances. All ODFW Wildlife Areas (WAs) allow youth hunting. The Westside Unit of Sauvie Island WA is open, and youth hunting here follows the same rules as the Westside Units during the general waterfowl season. Hunting at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is by advance reservation, with applications accepted from August 1-31. For more information, visit fws.gov or call 541-757-7236.

Bag Limit

Hunters are allowed to take ducks (including scaup), mergansers, coots, and geese following the established bag limits (see Reservation & Permit Application for details).

Additional Wildlife Area / Refuge Youth Days

  • Fern Ridge WA: November 25 and December 27. The East, West, and South Coyote units are open exclusively to youth hunters. Hunters should apply for a hunt (see Reservation & Permit Application for application procedures). Successful applicants must purchase their reservation permit before arriving at the WA.
  • Klamath WA: October 28. The Miller Island Unit will be open to youth hunters only.
  • Sauvie Island WA: October 28, November 12, December 9, December 28, and January 13, 2024. The Mudhen, Hunt, and Racetrack units will be open, except Mudhen will not be open for the November 12 youth hunt. Youth-only hunting is allowed until noon. After 12 p.m., Mentored Youth Hunters and adults accompanied by youth hunters may hunt. Hunters may apply for hunts (see Reservation & Permit Application for application procedures); however, no one over the age of 17 may apply with a youth in a party application. Hunters with reservations will have the first opportunities to select hunting blinds. Successful applicants must purchase their reservation permit before arriving at the WA.
  • Tualatin Rvr NWR: November 11, November 19, November 25, December 3, December 9, December 17, December 23, December 31, and January 6, 2024, by reservation in the Riverboat Unit. For application and more information, visit fws.gov/refuge/tualatin-river/visit-us/activities/hunting. Applications are accepted from August 15 to October 1. Phone: 503-625-5944.
  • Umatilla NWR: November 18. Youth must be 10-17 years old to participate in this hunt and must be accompanied by an adult companion who is at least 18 years old. Reservation and blind fees are waived for the Youth Hunt Day. Applications for the Youth Hunt Day are accepted through the second Friday in September. For online applications, more information, and refuge-specific regulations, visit fws.gov/refuge/umatilla. Phone: 509-546-8300.

Youth Upland Bird Hunts

Season Dates

  • Sept. 9-10: Fern Ridge WA.
  • Sept. 16-17: Denman, Klamath, Ladd Marsh, Sauvie Island, White River WAs. Central Oregon (Madras) and John Day.
  • Sept. 23: Irrigon WA
  • Sept. 23-24: Coquille Valley and E. E. Wilson.
  • Oct. 28: Klamath WA.

Bag Limit

Hunters may take rooster pheasants, quail, and doves according to statewide bag limits unless otherwise indicated under specific area regulations. Pheasants purchased with upland game bird validation revenue will be stocked.

Eligibility

Hunters aged 17 years and younger are eligible to participate in these youth upland bird hunts. An adult aged 21 or older, who may not hunt, must accompany not more than one youth hunter. All participants must attend a safety briefing.

Requirements

Each youth hunter must have in their possession:

  • A Hunter Education Certificate (or a Department-issued document, e.g., hunting license, containing their Hunter Education Certificate Number).
  • A permit for the hunt area (if required).
  • Hunters aged 12 or older must have a valid hunting license with an upland game bird validation.
  • All participants, including adults, must wear a blaze orange hat, shooting glasses (eye protection), and vest.

Reservations

Hunting is available by reservation unless noted otherwise. Each hunter may reserve only one day. However, youth hunters without a reservation and those wishing to hunt a second day may do so on a standby basis if reservations are underfilled, or as registered hunters check out. Reservations must be made online at myodfw.com or at a license sales agent. There is no cost to register, and the deadline to register is the Thursday before the hunt.

Check In and Out

Hunters and accompanying adults must check in and out at the location specified for each hunt area. Permits will be issued at the check station on the day of the hunt. Check-in time and hunting hours will be provided when making a reservation.

Open Hunt Areas and Regulations

  • Central Oregon (Madras): Maximum number of hunters is 80. The hunt will take place on private land near Madras. For more information, call 541-447-5111.
  • Coquille Valley WA: Maximum number of hunters is 20 per day. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 541-888-5515.
  • Denman WA: Maximum number of hunters is 85. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 541-826-8774.
  • E.E. Wilson WA: Maximum number of hunters is 70. Only a designated portion of the area will be open. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 541-745-5334.
  • Fern Ridge WA: Maximum number of hunters is 75 in the field at any one time. No advanced reservations are required. Hunters check-in starting at 7:00 a.m. at a check station located in the Nielson Rd parking lot. Hunting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. East and West Coyote and Fisher Butte units are open to hunting. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 541-935-2591.
  • Irrigon WA: Maximum number of hunters is 30 per day with no more than 15 at any time. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. The shotgun skills clinic will take place on cooperating private lands located near Irrigon. For more information, call 541-276-2344.
  • John Day Area: Maximum number of hunters is 30. The hunt will take place on private lands in the John Day Valley. For more information, call 541-575-1167.
  • Klamath WA: Sept. 16-17 hunt — Maximum number of hunters is 80. Hunting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. Oct. 28 hunt — The Miller Island Unit will be open to youth hunters only. Hunting is on a first-come basis. No reservations are required. The local chapter of Unlimited Pheasants (unlimitedpheasantskfalls.com/) provide additional pheasants for this hunt. For more information, call 541-883-5732.
  • Ladd Marsh WA: Maximum number of hunters is 35. No advanced reservations are required. Hunters check in and out at a check station located at the Ladd Marsh Headquarters, 59116 Pierce Rd. Check stations will be open at 7:00 a.m. and hunting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only a designated portion of the area will be open. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 541-963-4954.
  • Sauvie Island WA: Maximum number of hunters is 50. Hunting will occur only on Eastside hunt units, and entry to this area without a valid youth hunt permit is prohibited on hunt days. Only federally-approved nontoxic shot may be used. For more information, call 503-621-3488.
  • White River WA: Maximum number of hunters is 20 per day. The hunt will take place on White River WA near Wamic. For more information, call 541-296-4628.

Youth Chukar Hunt

The Klamath Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), is proud to present an exclusive youth hunting opportunity for chukar in the Lower Klamath Hills Regulated Hunt Area. This special event is scheduled for October 21-22, providing young hunters with a unique outdoor experience. Here are the key details:

Hunt Details

  • Date: October 21-22
  • Bag Limit: Each youth hunter may harvest up to two chukar during this hunt.
  • Accompaniment: Every youth participant must be accompanied by one adult who is at least 21 years old.
  • Adult Role: The accompanying adult is kindly requested to refrain from hunting and will be required to wear hunter orange for safety.
  • Safety Gear: Youth hunters are required to wear hunter orange attire and safety glasses throughout the hunt.

Mentored Youth Hunter Program

This chukar hunt falls within the general season dates for chukar, making it eligible for the Mentored Youth Hunter Program. This program allows young hunters to gain valuable experience while being mentored by responsible adults. It's an excellent way for youth to develop their hunting skills in a safe and educational environment.

Reservation Information

To participate in this exciting youth chukar hunt, interested individuals must make a reservation in advance. Please contact Jason Reed, Klamath Chapter OHA, at 541-643-7077 before the hunt to secure your spot. Please note that the number of participants for this youth hunt will be limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early to avoid missing out on this fantastic opportunity.

Spring Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

Calling all young hunters! Get ready for an exciting spring youth wild turkey hunt taking place on April 13-14, 2024. This is a fantastic opportunity for hunters aged 17 years and younger to experience the thrill of turkey hunting in the great outdoors. Here are the important details:

Hunt Details

  • Dates: April 13-14, 2024
  • Eligibility: Hunters who are 17 years old or younger are eligible to participate in this youth turkey hunt.
  • Accompaniment: Each youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. The adult's role is to supervise and support the youth hunter during the hunt. Please note that the accompanying adult is not allowed to hunt.

Mentored Youth Hunter Program

It's important to mention that youth hunters participating in the Mentored Youth Hunter Program are not eligible to participate in the April 13-14 youth turkey hunt. This rule ensures fairness and adherence to hunting regulations.

Required Tags

To take part in this spring youth wild turkey hunt, hunters must possess a 2024 youth spring turkey tag. This tag is essential for legal participation in the hunt. Please ensure that you have the necessary tag before heading out into the field.

Extended Spring Season

For those youth hunters who have an unfilled tag after the April 13-14 hunt, there's good news! The spring turkey season continues from April 15 to May 31, 2024. This extended season provides additional opportunities for youth hunters to pursue wild turkeys and complete their tags. Be sure to review the Turkey Seasons for more details on the extended hunting period.

This spring youth wild turkey hunt promises excitement, adventure, and the chance to connect with nature. It's an excellent opportunity for young hunters to hone their skills and create lasting memories. Make sure to mark your calendar for April 13-14, 2024, and prepare for an unforgettable turkey hunting experience!

Youth Shotgun Skills Clinics

Are you a young aspiring shotgun enthusiast looking to enhance your shooting skills and have some fun? The ODFW Hunter Education Program has an exciting opportunity for you! We are thrilled to sponsor free shotgun skills clinics in conjunction with some September Youth Hunts. Here's what you need to know:

Who Can Participate?

  • Age: These clinics are open to anyone who is 17 years of age and younger. It's a fantastic opportunity for youth to learn and improve their shotgun skills.

What to Expect

  • Skills Development: Participants will receive instruction on basic shotgun skills. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, these clinics are designed to help you develop and refine your shotgun handling techniques.

  • Sporting Clays: Many participants will have the exciting opportunity to shoot sporting clays. It's a great way to test your skills and enjoy some friendly competition.

  • Equipment Provided: Don't worry about bringing your own clay targets and shotshells; we've got you covered! All the necessary equipment will be provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Clinic Details

  • Date and Time: The clinics will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You have the flexibility to join at any time during this period, so it fits conveniently into your schedule.

How to Get More Information

For further information and to get specific details about the clinics, we encourage you to reach out to your local ODFW office. Alternatively, you can contact the Oregon Hunter Education Program at 503-947-6028. We're here to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need.

No Pre-Registration Required

The best part? You don't need to pre-register for these clinics. Simply show up on the designated date and time, ready to have a blast while improving your shotgun skills.

These youth shotgun skills clinics are a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with fellow young shooters. We look forward to seeing you there!

Online Hunter Education Registration

Are you interested in becoming a responsible and skilled hunter? Enrolling in a Hunter Education class is a crucial step in ensuring that you have the knowledge and skills needed to enjoy hunting safely and ethically. Here's how you can sign up for a class online:

How to Sign Up Online

  1. Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) website at myodfw.com/articles/hunter-education-classes-and-field-days-schedule.

  2. Follow the provided instructions to sign up for a Hunter Education class. Online registration is convenient and straightforward.

Need More Information?

If you have any questions or need additional information about Hunter Education classes, don't hesitate to reach out. You can contact us at 503-947-6028, and our team will be happy to assist you.

Who Needs Hunter Education?

Hunter Education is essential for ensuring safe hunting practices. Here's a breakdown of who needs to take Hunter Education:

  • Age Requirement: Anyone age 17 or under must have proof of Hunter Education in their possession. This proof can be in the form of a certificate or a valid license that includes a Hunter Education number. This requirement applies when hunting on land other than your own property, with the exception of youths participating in the Mentored Youth Program.

  • Out-of-State Hunts: Many states require ALL hunters to have passed Hunter Education. If you plan to hunt in other states, make sure to plan accordingly and check their specific requirements.

  • No Minimum Age: While there is no minimum age requirement to take a Hunter Education class, it's important that a child is physically capable of handling a firearm safely and understands the concepts of firearm safety and other topics covered in the class.

Duplicate Hunter Education Card

If you ever need a duplicate Hunter Education card, you can obtain one easily. Here's how:

  1. Download the form from myodfw.com/articles/get-duplicate-hunter-education-card.

  2. Complete the form with the necessary information.

  3. Fax the completed form to 503-947-6009 or mail it to the following address:

    4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302

Ensuring that you have proof of Hunter Education is important, and obtaining a duplicate card is a simple process.

 

Learn to Hunt Game Birds in Oregon

Are you interested in becoming a skilled game bird hunter in Oregon? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) offers valuable workshops throughout the year to help beginners and those in need of a refresher learn the art of hunting game birds. These workshops are designed to provide essential knowledge and skills, ensuring safe and responsible hunting practices.

Workshop Highlights

Here's what you can expect to learn and experience in these informative workshops:

  1. Firearm Safety: Learn how to handle firearms safely, a fundamental aspect of responsible hunting.

  2. Game Bird Hunting: Gain practical knowledge on hunting game birds in Oregon, including techniques and strategies for success.

  3. Cleaning Birds: Discover the proper methods for cleaning and processing harvested birds.

Focus Species

These workshops primarily focus on the following game bird species:

  • Pheasant: Learn the ins and outs of hunting pheasants, a popular game bird in Oregon.

  • Waterfowl: Explore the exciting world of waterfowl hunting, including ducks and other waterfowl species.

  • Wild Turkey: Get acquainted with wild turkey hunting techniques, a unique hunting experience.

Workshop Requirements

To ensure safety and preparedness, participants are required to complete an ODFW Shotgun Skills course before participating in a pheasant or waterfowl workshop. This prerequisite helps ensure that all participants have the necessary firearm handling skills.

How to Register

Registering for ODFW workshops is easy and convenient. Here's how to get started:

  1. Visit the ODFW website at myodfw.com/workshops-and-events.

  2. Explore the available workshops, which may vary seasonally.

  3. Select the workshop that interests you and follow the registration instructions provided on the website.

Stay Informed

Please note that workshop availability and schedules are subject to seasonal changes. Be sure to check the ODFW website for the most up-to-date information, especially before your hunting season begins.

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