Hunting

To purchase a hunting or fishing license, please visit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT HUNTING TRIP

  1. Private property is often interspersed with National Forest lands. Bring a map and remain alert to whether or not you’re still on public lands that are authorized for hunting.
  2. Check weather and road conditions before you leave.
  3. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  4. Pack plenty of water, food, warm clothes, first aid kit and other basic survival items to ensure that you can make it through an unexpected night in the forest.
  5. Dress in hunters’ safety orange to ensure that you are distinguishable to other hunters. This includes your furry friends—please ensure your dog wears an orange vest, leash or bandana.
  6. Don’t rely on your cell phones. While they can be great tools, you may not get service. Bring a detailed map and compass.
  7. Treat your fire arm as if it is loaded at all times, even if it isn’t.
  8. Be certain of your target before firing to help avoid accidents and injuries.
  9. Be mindful of other recreationists using the forest.
  10. Understand hunting rules and regulations before heading out. If you aren’t sure about something you can visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website to learn more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have a question about hunting on the Deschutes National Forest? Check here!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Check current weather conditions for the Deschutes National Forest.

Check Oregon road conditions.

Check for any prescribed fire in the area you plan to hunt.

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