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Old 09-11-2007, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

Sorry, probably a dumb question but after reading the regs i am not exactly sure if i can bear hunt right now with my rifle during bow season??

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Old 09-11-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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yes you can
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Old 09-11-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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Yes you can ,but please be thoughtfull of us archery hunters out there trying our hardest to arrow an animal ,cause it is so easy
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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Yes, be considerate of the archers. They can be a bear hunters best friend if you respect them. Ask them where they'll be hunting and give e'm room. Do that and they'll share every bear sighting with you and may even show you EXACTLY where.

Now let me pose this question: Two buddies... one going at it w/ bow and one going after bear w/ rifle.
Can they hunt together? No foul play here, just two guys covering two differant bases and taking advantage of opprotunities as they come.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:18 PM   #5
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Default Re: Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

As a archery hunter, I find comfort that I'm not likely to get mistakenly shot or shot at from across a canyon during my season.
But knowing I need to share the woods.

Don't you have to have a used/unused deer tag.
Or is that only during rifle deer season???
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Default Re: Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

I have a bear tag in my pocket, he has an archery deer/elk tag.
Controlled or General unit....does it matter?
The LE's didn't seem to care.....but then we're just honest, good old boys and so was he.

You know I can't recall if I was packing the rifle or the shotgun that time.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:02 PM   #7
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I would not want to have aa buddy hunting a Bear with a rifle when I`am trying to arrow a Deer
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:42 PM   #8
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thanks guys, and don't worry about me messing up a archery hunt. Unless you are trespassing of course. I'm on private land
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:46 PM   #9
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You can actually hunt deer with your archery deer tag and carry a rifle to use on any bear or cougar you see with your bear/cougar tag at the same time!!!

Page 18
Q. Can I carry a firearm during a bow
season?
A. Yes, however you must use legal archery
equipment to hunt animals for which you
have an archery tag.

Q. Can I hunt bear/cougar with my rifle
during archery season?
A. Yes.


Although if it is during rifle season there are some restrictions, page 32

No Person Shall:
Hunt with a centerfire or muzzleloading
rifle without a valid, unused deer or
elk tag for that time period and area on
their person during: Eastern Oregon
controlled buck deer centerfire firearm
season, Cascade bull elk season,
Coast bull elk seasons, Rocky Mt bull
or either-sex elk seasons, or standard
Rocky Mt antlerless elk centerfire
firearm seasons.

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Old 09-11-2007, 09:19 PM   #10
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. . . . Although if it is during rifle season there are some restrictions, page 32

No Person Shall:
Hunt with a centerfire or muzzleloading
rifle without a valid, unused deer or
elk tag for that time period and area on
their person during: Eastern Oregon
controlled buck deer centerfire firearm
season, Cascade bull elk season,
Coast bull elk seasons, Rocky Mt bull
or either-sex elk seasons, or standard
Rocky Mt antlerless elk centerfire
firearm seasons.

That can be a very confusing "piece of work." There have been many instances here where it has looked to me like people often interpret this to deny any hunting w/centerfire or muzzlestuffer during any season/unit unless you have a valid and unused deer/elk tag. It can be one of those things you read and read and still wonder what it really said. Don
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:28 PM   #11
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It should say it is ok during western oregon general deer rifle season since thats about the only one not mentioned there
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:03 PM   #12
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i hunt bear with a rifle during bow season every year, then when hunting during any season listed, that i do not have a valid tag for, i pack my shotgun and keep on hunting bear. or scouting with a gun for other hunters in camp. once in a while i get a grouse for the camp pot.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:14 AM   #13
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They can be a bear hunters best friend if you respect them. Ask them where they'll be hunting and give e'm room. Do that and they'll share every bear sighting with you and may even show you EXACTLY where.

Some of us have Bear tags too, so don't count on it
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:37 AM   #14
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Some of us have Bear tags too, so don't count on it
Well Said!!
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
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Default Re: Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

I know old post but need some advice.

So I have archery deer and elk, and general bear and cougar. So say elk and deer season ends I can not hunt bear or cougar with a rifle for rest of the year except for when all elk and deer hunts are over?
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #16
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Default Re: Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

Your question is unclear. If you are hunting west of the cascade summit/pacific crest trail you can rifle hunt bear and cougar except during cascade elk. West of I-5 look up the elk tags. The restrictions are printed in the big game book, look it up
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #17
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You can bow hunt any time you want for bear and cougar as as long as its season and quota on cats not met . Only time other season come into play is if your rifle hunting .
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #18
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Default Re: Legal to rifle hunt Bear during Bow Season??

As per the regs already mentioned, it's perfectly legal to rifle hunt for bear/cougar during general archery season with or without an archery tag.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #19
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I thought I read somewhere in the regs you cant use a rifle near Lincoln City. I want to bear and cougar hunt after my archery elk and deer tags. so I wanted to know if it was ok in stott mtn in the national forest near Lincoln City to hunt with a rifle. (sry for font my phone has been acting goofy)
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