Hunting is illegal on state beaches

I was surprised to hear recently that it is legal to hunt on beaches in parts of Northern California, provided that no specific weapons restrictions were in place for that beach and there weren't any no-fire zones around trails or houses.

So what about Oregon? I know our rules about beach access and use are far less restrictive than California. Are we more or less restrictive in this area?

— Kurt, email submission

Well, Kurt, we at the Since You Asked Big Game and Fishsticks Department have poked more than one stick into the eye of the Golden State, especially when it looked like our neighbors to the south were going to hijack Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7.

Now that he's back in his home state (and still hanging out in eastern Jackson and western KIamath counties, by the way) we can again point out just how different Oregon is from California.

Oregon's beaches are not only public, they're so public there is no hunting allowed on them, according to the Oregon State Police.

Drive on them, in places, but you can't hunt on them.

"The beach in Oregon is considered a highway," says Lt. David Gifford of OSP's Fish and Wildlife Division. "Like a highway, you can't shoot from them, across them or on them."

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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