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Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Want to hunt or fish for the first time, but aren't sure how -- we've got articles for that. Filter by topic or category, or use the search function to find the information you need to go fishing, crabbing/clamming, hunting or wildlife viewing.

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Tips for beginning anglers:

  • Trout, bass, bluegill and other panfish are great ways to get started.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to fish. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There’s a Where to fish option, as well.

Tips for beginning hunters:

  • Ducks, turkey and small game (squirrels and rabbits) are good choices for your first hunts.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to hunt for big game, and How to hunt for game birds. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There are Where to hunt options, as well.
How to fish
Our tips for new or novice anglers

Fishing isn’t hard, but it can be confusing to know how to begin. Here’s a step-by-step approach to get from...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

how to hunt

Oregon is facing an unprecedented wildfire season and the area where you had planned to hunt, fish or recreate may be...

Where to hunt game birds

Learning where hunters have been successful in the past may help
increase your chances of being successful in the future.

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

Buying a license or permit

Buy licenses/tags online and print them immediately from any printer—or choose electronic tagging to carry your documents and tag fish...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

Offers of help from ODFW employees

This page includes offers of help and resources from ODFW employees for those who have had to evacuate their homes...

Most of the wildlife in Oregon evolved with wildfire. And even though fires are intensifying, they are nothing new to...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

How to hunt game birds

The 2020-21 Oregon game bird seasons look promising with quail and chukar numbers up in the east, forest grouse booming...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

In the spring of 2019, several clients chartered an ocean fishing trip out of Coos Bay. They were promised trophy-size lingcod....

How to fish
Water conditions, gear and flexibility all matter

Some anglers think coho are more aggressive and easier to catch while they’re still in the open waters of the...

How to fish
Use your favorite gear, target sea-runs in late summer, and more

Wide distribution, an aggressive nature and willingness to take bait, flies or lures, makes cutthroat trout a popular target in western...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

How to hunt big game

ODFW has been reviewing big game hunting to simplify regulations, provide fair and consistent opportunity and ensure biological objectives are...

The Beaver State Podcast is a product of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that takes a look at...

How to hunt game birds
Filling someone else’s tag, hunting out of season are common violations

Poachers devastate mule deer herds in southeastern Oregon and brazenly shoot bighorn sheep in the north. Poaching is a problem...