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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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Buying a license or permit

ODFW’s new electronic licensing system (ELS) will allow customers to store their licenses, tags and validations online on their smart...

The following step-by-step guide will walk you through the new online registration system. With ODFW’s electronic licensing system, you can...

Buying a license or permit

With ODFW’s electronic licensing system, you can now purchase your licenses and tags online 24/7, 365 days a year, and...

Buying a license or permit

Hunting and fishing licenses are generally valid for the calendar year. The exceptions are game bird hunting permits and validations...

Where to hunt big game

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

How to hunt big game

For veteran hunters who want to pass on their passion for the outdoors, this is the year to take a...

How to hunt big game

Hunters know how easy it is to get focused on taking “the shot.” But a lot of planning and preparation...

Columbian white-tailed and black-tailed deer share the same habitat in some parts of western Oregon. This video illustrates several key...

how to hunt

Oregon offers some great opportunities for the first-time hunter -- from deer and elk, to geese and ducks, to chukar...

How to hunt big game

All successful bear hunters are required by hunting regulations to check in their bear’s skull at an ODFW office within 10 days of...

how to hunt

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease infecting deer and elk across North America.
Here’s what Oregon hunters...

From license discounts to additional controlled hunt tags, ODFW wants to make sure our uniformed service members are given the...

How to hunt big game

See the latest and historic data on big game population surveys from 2012 to present.

How to hunt big game

See the latest and historic data about big game hunting statistics for different hunts.

How to hunt big game

Check out the latest point summary reports for all big game, and use the information to strategize
while deciding which...

How to hunt big game

Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Program teaches bowhunters the fundamentals of safe, responsible archery hunting
and an appreciation and respect for the environment...

How to hunt big game

Cougar season and hunting information, including information about cougar conflict target areas.

How to hunt big game

Oregon offers a spring and fall bear hunting season. Fall is entirely general season; spring bear is controlled in NW...

How to hunt big game

As early season hunters know, dry conditions and the associated fire danger can have a large impact on your hunting...

Where to hunt big game

Public access to lands suitable to hunt can be a challenge. That's why we have the Oregon Hunting
Access Map to help...

Opportunity for kids

The time shared between a youngster and a mentor is invaluable. There simply is no better way to introduce a...

Where to hunt big game

Regulated Hunt Areas (RHAs) are cooperative programs between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and private landowners that offer regulated...