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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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All first time Oregon trappers of any age must complete trapper education.

How to hunt game birds

Legal hunting weapons and weapon restrictions for hunting big game and game birds in Oregon.

Where to hunt big game

Spring bear is the first big game hunt of the year and a chance to dust off the boots and...

How to fish

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

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 buy a license or permit

Some of ODFW's smaller field offices are not staffed to sell licenses to the public. However, staff at our larger...

How to fish

Since the early 2000s, fishing for Pacific halibut off of the Oregon Coast has been very popular.  This newsletter provides...

Where to hunt big game

Here you’ll find links to population, harvest and point summary reports that can help you decide what hunts to apply...

How to hunt big game

Spring bear is the first big game hunting season of the year – just one reason it’s popular with a...

How to hunt big game

See the latest and historic data on big game population surveys from 2015 to present.

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...

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...

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...

Where to fish

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

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...