Deer hunters

ODFW Articles

Need to figure out controlled hunts, find a place to clam, learn how to fish or get directions to a wildlife area? We've got information on all that and more, straight from ODFW biologists and other accomplished hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers. 

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ODFW at work
A new way to connect with ODFW

The new Volunteer Event Management (VEM) System will make it easier for you to join ODFW in the great outdoors...

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Find the perfect fit

Here are the current volunteer opportunities at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Find the one that's right for...

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how to hunt
Through the new Volunteer and Event Management System

Beginning June 24, 2024, ODFW will launch a new, more streamlined process for getting Hunting and Bowhunting Education certifications –...

ODFW's Volunteer and Event Management (VEM) System makes it easier to find and register for volunteer and educational opportunities.

Where to fish

Fall salmon fishing seasons in rivers along Oregon’s coast from Necanicum River to the Winchuck River depend on the outlook...

How to hunt game birds
Our biologist share their take on the upcoming season

ODFW biologists share the latest updates for wild turkey hunting in their local district, as well as tips and tactics...

Spring hunter holds up the claw of a large, recently harvested bear.
How to hunt big game
An area-by-area look at the upcoming season

Spring bear is the first big game hunt of the season. Here's a look at what hunters can expect in...

Mountain quail
How to hunt game birds

Historic harvest statistics can guide you to areas with good habitat that support healthy bird populations. 

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How to fish

This newsletter provides a summary of Oregon's 2023 sport bottomfish fishery.

And we need your help

We're looking for ways to make our Recreation Report even more useful. Take a six-minute survey to tell us what...

How to fish

This newsletter provides a summary of Oregon’s 2023 sport halibut fishery.

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How to clam and crab

Oregon has over 360 miles of coastline -- that's a big sandbox in which to take the family clamming and...

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How to hunt game birds
Download the Game Bird Release Permit

Rules for permits and releasing birds, pursuit seasons and competitive dog trials. Download Game Bird Release Permit.

Regulation changes you should know about

Check out the fishing, clamming, crabbing and hunting regulation updates for 2024. These new regulations are highlighted in yellow in...

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Where to fish
Required for steelhead anglers; season begins Dec. 1

The Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation is required for all winter steelhead anglers fishing in the Rogue Basin or on the...

Herman the Sturgeon
ODFW at work

He is an Oregon icon – Herman, the sturgeon, the state's most famous fish. At 10 ft. long and nearly 500...

Young hunter with her first cow wlk
Where to hunt big game
A quick guide for early season hunters

ODFW wildlife biologists offer a look at the habitat conditions and hunting outlook for the upcoming season.

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Where to hunt game birds
How you can benefit

Hunt by Reservation landowners are diverse. They range from small rural farms to large land trusts. Some need help reducing...

bird hunters
Where to hunt game birds

Legal shooting hours for game bird and Northwest Permit Goose during the 2023-24 hunting seasons.

Where to fish

Includes lakes in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

Where to fish

Includes lakes in the Willamette National Forest and the Three Sisters, Waldo Lake and Mt. Washington wilderness areas. 

Where to fish

Includes lakes in the Winema and Rogue River national forests, and the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lake wilderness areas.

Where to fish

Includes lakes in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

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Where to fish

This schedule includes lakes in the Deschutes National Forest and the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness areas.