An Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond is a type of surety bond required by the Oregon State Marine Board for anyone who wants to guide or outfit outdoor activities for profit in Oregon. This applies to a wide range of activities, including:

  • Hunting: Guiding hunting trips for big game, small game, waterfowl, etc.Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond
  • Fishing: Guiding fishing trips on lakes, rivers, and the ocean.
  • Hiking: Leading guided hikes and backpacking trips.
  • Rafting: Guiding whitewater rafting trips.
  • Camping: Leading instructional camping trips or providing guide services at campgrounds.
  • Birdwatching: Leading guided birdwatching tours.
  • Photography: Guiding photography tours in natural settings.

Essentially, if you lead or provide equipment for paid outdoor activities on land or water that you don’t own or control, you need an Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond. The required bond amount is $5,000 if you accept deposits of more than $100 per person for your services. If you don’t accept deposits, you don’t need a bond. The cost of the surety bond is usually the minimum premium and fees of $150.

How to Get an Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond

At we make it easy to obtain this surety bond. Our simple, three step process is:

  1. Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application1
  2. Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
  3. Sign some paperwork and pay the bond premium

Once these steps have been completed, the Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond will be shipped to the bond applicant.
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Step by Step guide to Obtaining an Oregon Outfitter Guide license

Obtaining an Oregon Outfitter Guide license involves several steps, but it’s definitely achievable. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

  1. Eligibility Requirements:
    • Age: Must be at least 18 years old.
    • Residency: Not required to be a resident of Oregon, but must maintain a registered agent in the state.
    • Criminal Background Check: Pass a state background check.
    • Experience: Hunting or Fishing Guides: Have a minimum of 3 years of documented experience guiding in Oregon or neighboring states for the specific activity you’re applying for.
    • Other Activities: No specific experience requirement for other activities like hiking, rafting, etc. However, demonstrating relevant experience can strengthen your application.
  1. Application Process:
  1. Submitting the Application:
    • Mail the completed application packet with all required documents and fees to the Oregon State Marine Board.
    • The Board will review your application and may request additional information if needed.
    • If your application is approved, you will receive your license and can begin operating as an Outfitter Guide in Oregon.

Additional Tips:

  • Start the application process early, as it can take several weeks to get your license.
  • Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements before applying.
  • Gather all the required documentation in advance to avoid delays.
  • Contact the Oregon State Marine Board if you have any questions about the application process.


Remember, these are general guidelines, and it’s always recommended to consult the Oregon State Marine Board for the latest requirements and updates.




How to Get Your Oregon Outfitter Guide Bond

  1. Complete an online application. It’s free and no-obligation.
  2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign.
  3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Surety Bond!

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