State Wildlife Areas available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 2 of a 4 part series of articles.
Part 1: Columbia Basin Bird Hunting Guide - An Introduction
Part 2: Bird Hunting the Columbia Basin State Wildlife Areas (you are here)
Part 3: Bird Hunting the Columbia Basin Federal Wildlife Refuges
Part 4: Public Access to Private Land for Bird Hunters in the Columbia Basin
All five wildlife areas are located in the Columbia Basin Unit.
• 30,000 acres of sagebrush and grasslands along with pine, oak, and Douglas fir habitats across different parcels in White River Unit.
• Species to hunt: big game (deer, elk, bear, cougar), upland birds (turkey most abundant, also mountain and California quail, pheasant, forest grouse, mourning dove). Also predatory spp (coyote & calif. ground squirrel). Western grey squirrels popular as well.
• Open year-round 7 days a week, with some restrictions.
• Walk-in and limited motor vehicle access. Road closure Dec. 1-March 31.
• Camping allowed in designated camp sites. No restrooms or ADA facilities.
• ATV’s prohibited.
• Directions: From The Dalles, travel 34 miles south on Hwy 197 to the blinking light at Tygh Valley. Turn right into Tygh Valley and follow the signs to Wamic on Wamic Market Rd. Continue straight ahead on Dodson Rd (rather than following the sharp curve). Continue on Dodson Road through three 90º turns. Turn left on the gravel road 1/4 mile past the last curve, and continue 1.5 miles to the cattleguard and area signs. The WA headquarters is located a half mile past the cattleguard.
• More information: www.oregonhuntingmap.com for map; Oregon Big Game and Game Bird Regulations; White River Wildlife Area, 78430 Dodson Road, Tygh Valley, tel. 541-544-2126.
• 2,700 acres of wetland and upland habitat managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the Columbia Basin Unit.
• Species to hunt: geese, duck, coot, snipe, pheasant and California quail. No big game hunting allowed.
• Hunting is allowed only on Wednesdays and Saturdays during authorized seasons.
• Waterfowl hunting permitted by daily drawing held one hour before published shooting hours.
• Upland bird hunting allowed only after noon; no drawing but upland bird hunters must possess and return self-serve permit.
• Shotguns only; use and possession limit of 25 shells per day; non-toxic shot only.
• Walk in and restricted motor vehicle access. No boats allowed.
• No camping or fires. ADA accessible blinds available. No restrooms.
• Directions: Located 2 miles east of junction of Hwys 730 and 395. Hunter check station is located on the south side of Hwy 730 just past beach access road.
• For more information: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, http://www.umatilla.nsn.us/ wanaket.html; tel. 541-276-3447.
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