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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 hunt big game

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

where to hunt

Many hunters regard spring bear as the kickoff of the hunting year. Here's how things are shaping up in areas...

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...

ODFW at work

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...

Buying a license or permit

First check out the licensing information under the activity you wish to do (fishing, crabbing & clamming, big game hunting...

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

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

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

The C2 Cattle Company, a 9,500-acre ranch near Medford, is conducting a drawing to allow 16 youth deer hunts during...

Where to hunt big game

All funds raised by deer and elk auction and raffle tags go directly to the Access and Habitat Program....

Where to hunt big game

Deer numbers are stable to slightly declining in the district, and elk numbers are stable. Research on black-tailed deer in...

Where to hunt big game

The rough winter took a toll on deer and elk calves in parts of the Central Area, but heavy snowpack...

Where to hunt big game

Deer herds suffered winter mortality in the northern portion of the area. They fared better to the south. Elk are...

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

Hunters will find much different conditions than last year due to winter and rains. Deer are more likely to be...

Where to hunt big game

Deer and elk survived the harsher winter well. As the rifle deer opener approaches and fire danger decreases, more and...

Where to hunt big game

Deer numbers have declined due to drought and heavy winter but elk numbers are stable in this area. Heavy cover...

Where to hunt big game

The southeastern portion of the area experienced deer mortality due to deep snow. Deer fared better to the north west....