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Oregon Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Oregon Muzzleloader Hunting Season

 

Updated 6/23/2022 - In Oregon a muzzleloader is defined as follows:

Definintion: '“Muzzleloader” is any single barreled (shotguns may be double barreled) long gun meant to be fired from the shoulder and loaded from the muzzle with open or peep sights. This includes: in-line percussion; sidelock, under-hammer, top-hammer and mule ear percussion; sidelock flintlock and wheelock ignition systems. Matchlock ignition systems are not allowed."

During muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only, it is illegal to hunt with or have in possession, sabots, and bullets with plastic or synthetic tips or bases. Only the following projectile/bullet types are allowed: a) Round balls made of lead, lead alloy, or federally-approved nontoxic shot material, used with cloth, paper or felt patches; (b) Conical bullets made of lead, lead alloy, or federally-approved nontoxic shot material (c) Lead free copper conical bullets.

It is illegal to hunt with pelletized powders or propellants during muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only. Granular (loose) black powder and black powder substitutes are the only legal propellants during muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only.

Muzzleloading firearms with revolving actions are prohibited during muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only.

For muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only, the muzzleloader is NOT required to have an open ignition.

The following table is a brief summary of the majority of different licenses and permits that are available. Detailed information can be found by looking at the regulations for the specific species that you are interested in.

 

OREGON MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASONS

 Buck Deer 100 Series Controlled Hunts: November 5th - December 11th

Antlerless Deer 600 Series Controlled Hunts: August 27th - December 11th

Antlerless Deer 600 Series Youth Only Controlled Hunt: August 20th - August 24th

 

OREGON MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASON REGULATIONS 

  • It is unlawful to use scopes (permanent or detachable).
  • It is unlawful to use sights that use batteries, artificial light or energy expect for visually impaired hunters with a permit (see page 25 of Oregon Hunting Regulations 2022)
  • Open and peep sights are legal, including open and peep sights with fiber optics or fluorescent paint on them.
  • It is unlawful to hunt with or have in possession while hunting, sabots or bullets with plastic or synthetic parts. Cloth, paper or felt patches are allowed.
  • It is unlawful to hunt with centerfire primers or matchlock as an ignition source.
  • It is unlawful to hunt with pelletized powders or propellants. Granular (loose) black powder and black powder substitutes are the only legal propellants.
  • It is unlawful to hunt with a revolving action muzzleloader.

 

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Oregon Hunting Regulations 

 

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