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Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Looking for a wildlife area parking permit or a place to take the family fishing -- we've got articles for that, too. 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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How to fish

We make it easy to take your family fishing – with free fishing events, recommended family-friendly fishing locations, and how-to...

Each year over 9 million Oregonians and visitors head to hills – and the desert, and the beach – to...

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

How to fish

Successful steelhead fishing is more about developing a good strategy for finding fish than about fussing over gear, techniques and...

Buying a license or permit

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

How to fish

Ice fishing is becoming increasingly popular in Oregon as anglers look for new ways to enjoy fishing year-round. Here are some...

Where to hunt big game

Due to increasing numbers of elk on private land and chronic elk damage, ODFW is piloting a new general season...

How to fish

Dedicated fly-anglers don’t stop fishing in the winter, instead they adjust their tactics to the colder conditions.

How to fish

In some Oregon state waters catch and release fishing is required in order to protect valuable fish resources. In most...

Where to fish

Trout is Oregon's most popular game fish. Learn how to identify them, and some tips for catching them.

The Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, pays anglers...

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...

Where to fish

See the Oregon records for both coldwater and warmwater game fish. And, find the forms to submit if you think you've...

How to hunt big game

The 2020 Big Game Regulations will be available around Dec. 1, 2019 but here are some of the major changes...

How to fish

Bottomfishing off the Oregon Coast has become increasingly popular in recent years, and this trend continued in 2018 when a...

Competition was stiff this year for the 2020 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests.

How to fish

Minimal gear, aggressive fish and plenty of bank fishing opportunity – just three reasons to try coho fishing.

How to hunt game birds

Change up your tactics to take more early season birds.

wildlife viewing

In late September, deer and elk begin their annual migration to wintering grounds, and often have to cross roads and...

How to hunt big game

How to update and sync your app, ways to keep paper tags dry and 7 other tips

How to hunt game birds

The 2019-2020 Oregon game bird seasons look promising with quail and chukar numbers up in the east, forest grouse booming...

How to hunt big game

Oregon’s population of about 6,000 cougars occupies a wide variety of habitat across the state, offering a year-round, readily-accessible hunting...

How to hunt game birds

Look for collection barrels where you hunt. Data gathered from wings and tails helps ODFW biologists look at population productivity...