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Oregon Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Oregon Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated 1/5/2020 - During the Oregon Muzzleloader Hunting Season, a muzzleloader rifle must be a minimum of .40 caliber to be legal for hunting. Scopes (permanent and detachable), and sights that use batteries, artificial light or energy 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, except for visually impaired hunters who have a visual acuity of 20/200 with lenses or visual field of 20 degrees. Open and peep sights made from alloys, plastic, or other materials that do not have the properties described above are legal sights. Fiber optics and fluorescent paint incorporated into or on open or iron sights are legal.

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 jacketed bullets, 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, with a length that does not exceed twice the diameter; (c) Lead free copper conical bullets with a length that does not exceed twice the diameter.

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 must 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

 

Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Bag Limit

Open Season

100M N Muzzleloader*    
Willamette Unit One deer Sept. 28 – Nov. 29
Trask Unit One deer Nov. 2 – Nov. 15
McKenzie Unit & N Indigo One deer Nov. 9 – Nov. 20
121M S Indigo* One deer Nov. 25 – Dec. 6
123M1 Melrose – N Sixes* One deer Nov. 9 – Nov. 17
123M2 N Bank Habitat* One white-tailed buck having not less than a forked antler or one black-tailed deer Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
127M Chetco Unit One buck having not less than a forked antler Nov. 9 – Dec. 1
128M Applegate Unit One deer Nov. 9 – Dec. 1
132M Klamath Falls Unit One deer Oct. 28 – Nov. 5
135M Paulina Unit One antlerless deer Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
139M1 Metolius No. 1 One deer Oct. 19 – Oct. 25
139M2 Metolius No. 2 One antlerless deer Oct. 19 – Oct. 25
141M Hood-N White Rvr* One deer Oct. 12- Oct. 20
145M Flatiron* One buck with visible antler Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
148M Ditch Cr* One buck with visible antler Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
151M Baker* One white-tailed deer Nov. 11 – Nov. 24
153M Union Co* One white-tailed deer Nov. 11 – Nov. 24
156M N Wenaha-E Sled Springs* One white-tailed deer Nov. 30 – Dec. 8
166M N Malheur* One buck with visible antler Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
168M NE Whitehorse* One buck with visible antler Nov. 16 – Nov. 30
170M Hart Mt* One buck with visible antler Sept. 28 – Oct. 9
171M Juniper* One buck with visible antler Nov. 23 – Dec. 1
172M Silvies Unit One buck with visible antler Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
175M Interstate Unit One deer Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
176M Silver Lake/E. Ft. Rock* One deer Oct. 12 – Oct. 20

 

Muzzleloader Elk Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Bag Limit

Open Season

200M1 NW Cascades* One elk** outside all USFS lands **One bull inside all USFS lands Nov. 9 – Nov. 15
200M2 SW Cascade* One elk** outside all USFS lands **One bull inside all USFS lands Nov. 9 – Nov. 15
214M NE Trask* One elk Dec. 18 – Dec. 31
224M Tioga Unit One bull elk Dec. 7 – Dec. 22
234M E Cascade* One elk Nov. 2 – Nov. 10
235M Paulina – E Fort Rock* One elk Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
248M Pole Cr* One bull elk Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
251M1 Elkhorn No. 1* One antlerless elk Aug. 1 – Oct. 15
251M2 Elkhorn No. 2* One antlerless elk Oct. 16 – Dec. 31
254M1 Union Agri No. 1* One antlerless elk Aug. 1 – Oct. 31
254M2 Union Agri No. 2* One antlerless elk Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2020
260M Eagle Cap* One bull elk Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
265M E Grant* One elk Oct. 12 – Oct. 20
278M High Desert* One elk Oct. 12 – Oct. 20

 

 Muzzleloader Antelope Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Bag Limit

Open Season

641A The Dalles Orchard*
(Shotgun /Muzzleloader Only)
One antlerless deer Aug. 31 – Sept. 8
644A1 Umatilla NWR No. 1*
(Shotgun/Archery/Muzzleloader Only)
One antlerless deer Aug. 24 – Aug. 28
644A2 Umatilla NWR No. 2*
(Shotgun /Archery/Muzzleloader Only)
One antlerless deer Sept. 7 – Sept. 11
644A3 Umatilla NWR No. 3*
(Shotgun /Archery/Muzzleloader ONLY)
One deer Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

 

OREGON MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASON REGULATIONS

 

  • It is illegal to hunt with pelletized powders or propellants during muzzleloader-only seasons
  • Muzzleloading firearms with revolving actions are prohibited during muzzleloader-only seasons
  • Muzzleloader rifles must be a minimum of .40 caliber to be legal for hunting.
  • For muzzleloader-only seasons and 600 series hunts where there is a weapon restriction of shotgun/muzzleloader only or archery/muzzleloader only, the muzzleloader must have an open ignition.
  • Open and peep sights made from alloys, plastic, or other materials that do not have the properties described above are legal sights. Fiber optics and fluorescent paint incorporated into or on open or iron sights are legal.

 

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

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