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Oregon Squirrel Hunting (season?, tags?)

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by idRATHERbeOUTDOORS, May 15, 2012.

  1. idRATHERbeOUTDOORS

    idRATHERbeOUTDOORS Yamhill County Active Member

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    Basically I'm looking to do some backpacking this summer and I want to know what all is needed to hunt squirrel way up in the boonies. I don't have a hunting license, I'm assuming I will need to get one. Do squirrel have a specific season? Do they have some kind of tag that i need to purchase?
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Just a hunting licence, no tag!:thumbup:

    OPEN SEASON: Aug. 25 - Nov. 7
    BAG LIMIT: 5 squirrels daily.
    POSSESSION LIMIT: 15 in possession.
    OPEN AREA: All units west of the eastern boundary of the Santiam, McKenzie, Indigo, Sprague and
    Interstate units. Exception: No bag limit or closed season in that part of the Rogue Unit south of Rogue Rvr
    and S Fork Rogue Rvr and north of Hwy 140.
    OPEN SEASON: Sept. 8 - Oct. 14
    BAG LIMIT: 3 squirrels daily.
    POSSESSION LIMIT: 6 in possession.
    OPEN AREA: White Rvr and Hood units.
    http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/regulations/docs/2012_big_game_regs_081.pdf


    WESTERN GRAY SQUIRREL Any rifle; handgun; shotgun; muzzleloading firearm; or long, recurve or compound bow.
    ODFW Weapons Restrictions
    http://www.dfw.state.or.us/OARs/72.pdf
     
  3. idRATHERbeOUTDOORS

    idRATHERbeOUTDOORS Yamhill County Active Member

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    But the season is closed until August? :(
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    The season is open on my deck in Hillsboro where the little buggers have been chewing on it! You may not want to discharge a firearm in my neighborhood, but I would entertain other options. :laugh:
     
  5. TJdamon

    TJdamon Gladstone Member

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    Everyone shoots them Year round in the woods despite a "season". Most of the "Hunters" around White River during the regular season are shooting the limit plus some and every other form of squirrel around.
     
  6. Toxic6

    Toxic6 Higher then a PDX hipster (~10,000 ft higher) Active Member

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    squirrel-hunting.jpg



    LOL...sorry, random pic that had me laughing when I seen it pop up on google.
     
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  7. ShawnMC88

    ShawnMC88 Portland, OR New Member

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    ^^^^ Love it!!!!
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    And they are risking having their guns vehicle and hunting rights taken by the state for how ever long the court determins. If you break the law expect to pay.

    Just because they don't get caught doesn't mean they won't or can't.

    And when you shoot any game animal out of season you are a POACHER
     
  9. BEN LILLY

    BEN LILLY Lincoln City, OR NRA LIFE MEMBER Bronze Supporter

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    I see a lot of squirrles walking around on 101 here bin Lincoln City :bluelaugh:
     
  10. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Life doesn't happen without risks. Unless you think you're one of those special kids that don't end up dying because you followed someone else's rules in life. Got some news for you, you'll pass just the same as the guy that lived life his way. That's my Burger King commercial, have it your way or don't. I really don't care what you do.
     
  11. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So your what defending breaking game laws
     
  12. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    :eatpop:
     
  13. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Nope. I dont defend breaking laws or following laws, nor do i defend denying laws exist or making laws exist. I defend you being yourself no matter who you are. :D
     
  14. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The only squirrel (tree-type squirrel) that is legal to shoot in Oregon is the Silver Gray Squirrel (which is what the above-mentioned regs address). "Pine Squirrels" (actually Douglas Squirrel) is the most common tree squirrel in Oregon (the little red/gray ones with yellow bellies) and are protected under Oregon's "Watchable Wildlife" law, along with Chipmunks and Golden Mantle Ground Squirrels (look like a bigger Chipmunk).

    FYI: Douglas Squirrels don't taste very good anyway, and Silver Grays are excellent fare. Probably owing to each species' choice of food.
     
  15. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    This is where i disagree.... Everything tastes good as long as you got the palate for it. Or actually enough salt n pepper helps
     
  16. LuftPost

    LuftPost Seattle, WA Member

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    i agree with Spitpatch, the Silver Grays are delicious :)
    but honestly when you're out in the Cascades on the 6th day of your hike, and have been eating MRE's & random dehydrated foods for those 6 days, anything fresh tastes like you're eating at a 5 star restaurant..
     
  17. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The very definition of "palate" is what tastes good to a certain individual. Pine squirrels don't taste good to me. Now: I will certainly agree that one's "palate" can be influenced by external factors. My agreement here may have been influenced by being at an 8-day drop camp for Dall Sheep 100 miles above the arctic circle, and with the menu planned precisely, having the bush plane delayed by 4 days. Uder those conditions, one's "palate" expands quite noticeably.
     
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    jsparks747 Portland, Or Member

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    You do need a license and there is a season but nobody pays any attention to it. Most people just shoot them year round and if they get caught say they were pests.
     
  19. Blowgunner

    Blowgunner Tanasbourne Active Member

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    Also keep in mind, that season is just for Western Grays.
    Eastern Fox squirrels are an invasive species, and have no season, or limit(OAR 635-056). Also more prevelant than Western Grays. They are more aggresive and push out the Western grays.
    Shoot them all you want!
    Taste just like western grays too.
    Easy to identify: If it's a larger bushy tail squirrel, and has a red/tan belly, its an Eastern Fox.
     
  20. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yep typically you only see Eastern Fox in suburbs and cities though, so brush up on those archery and slingshot skills.

    Here's the odfw guide. Note the protected flying squirrel is nocturnal and looks more like a mouse. The protected American Red is cousin to the Douglas but still fairly distinctive also. Douglas really does taste awful IMO.

    http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/docs/TreeSquirrels.pdf