Waterfowlers have again been granted — for the 17th straight year — the longest duck and goose seasons allowable along the Pacific Flyway.
Healthy numbers of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway and increased local breeding this year means the full 107-day duck season, the maximum allowed by federal treaties.
Saturday, Oct. 11 is opening day for duck and goose hunting statewide. The remainder of the seasons differ based on regions. The daily bag limit for ducks (including mergansers) is seven. Within the bag limit, hunters may keep up to three scaup (during scaup's Nov. 1 to Jan. 25 season in Western Oregon), two hen mallards, two pintails, two redheads and one canvasback.
The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.
In Western Oregon counties that comprise Zone 1, the opening hunt will run Oct. 11-25, then break for three days before running Oct. 29 to Jan. 25.
In Eastern Oregon, the first period of hunting runs through Dec. 7, then hunters there take three days off before resuming Dec. 10 through Jan. 25.
The missing dates, along with similar breaks in goose hunting, are crafted to make way for the youth-only waterfowl weekend held annually in Oregon.
In Jackson, Josephine and the remaining three counties in Southwest Oregon, the goose season runs Oct. 11 through Nov. 30, long enough for the post-Thanksgiving three-day weekend. It resumes Dec. 8 and runs through Jan. 25.
In Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties, hunters once again will enjoy a mixed bag of goose hunting that begins Oct. 11 and runs into March as part of the local depredation hunts held in recent years. Hunting there for both Canada and white-fronted geese closes Dec. 7, with the Canada goose season reopening Dec. 15 and running through Jan. 25.
The white-fronted goose late season then opens Jan. 26 and runs through March 10.
The daily limits in both regions are four Canada geese and a dozen white-fronted geese.
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