According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, there are now more than 7 million turkeys and 3 million turkey hunters nationwide. In 1990, nearly 4,000 people hunted turkeys in Oregon; last year, almost 16,500 people hunted turkeys in the state, says the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Today, nearly 700 general season tags are still available to hunt fall turkey.
Fall turkey hunting in Eastern Oregon is limited and requires advance application, but anyone can purchase a tag for the general fall turkey season which runs through Dec. 31, 2008 in 10 Western Oregon counties: Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Douglas, Lane, Benton, Polk, Marion and Linn. ODFW offers 3,000 tags for this hunt and sells them on a first-come, first-serve basis through the end of the season. Turkey tags cost $18 for residents and $64 for non-residents and the bag limit is one turkey of either sex.
Those that don’t get a chance to fall turkey hunt can go during the statewide spring season April 15-May 31, 2009. Spring turkey tags go on sale Dec. 1, 2008.
ODFW says the Oregon Game Commission introduced turkeys in the 1960s, and since, turkeys have proven highly adaptable to different habitat types and currently occupy a range of about 35 percent of the state.
For more information or for turkey hunting tips, visit the ODFW website.
For more information on essential hunting gear, visit Coast Portland.