Hunting and Hunting Seasons
Suggested Citation: Kerr, Andy. 2000. Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 36-37.
Some may wish to keep in mind the various hunting seasons as they plan their trips. Opening day of each season (often a Saturday) is usually the busiest. In general, those wearing camouflage are stalking their prey with a bow and arrow; those trying to be seen by wearing fluorescent orange are rifle hunting.
If you are out during hunting seasons, it wouldn't hurt to wear colors not usually found in nature (Day-Glo orange is visible even to those colorblind to red). Inexpensive vests can be found at sporting goods stores. Put an orange T-shirt on the dog.
The seasons can vary greatly from year to year and from game unit to game unit. Various Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW ) synopses (available from local sporting goods stores) contain the most accurate information but are rather daunting to understand. Call ODFW at 503-872-5268 to inquire about your intended destination.
Wear orange and forget about it. Most hunters don't get far from a road anyway.