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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

Pioneer and other licenses are available for senior hunters and anglers at a reduced cost.

Beginning on January 1, 2019, salvaging deer and elk struck by vehicles is legal in Oregon as required by Senate...

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...

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 fish

Recurring drought conditions in central Oregon in recent years has had a significant impact on water levels in Wickiup Reservoir....

Where to hunt big game

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

Where to hunt game birds

The 2018-19 Oregon game bird seasons look promising with pheasant numbers up in the east, forest grouse numbers up in...

How to hunt game birds

Historic harvest statistics can guide you to areas with good habitat that support healthy bird populations. 

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...

How to fish

Summer is a great time to be on the Pacific chasing ocean salmon. Whether you captain your own ship
or...

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Let us share your photos with other anglers, hunters and wildlife appreciators. When you submit your photos to ODFW, they...

How to fish

As temperatures heat up during spring and summer, be on the watch for harmful algae blooms when recreating in Oregon...

How to fish

Fishing Oregon’s high lakes is not just for dedicated anglers. It also appeals to hikers and backpackers who head to...

How to fish

Not all of Oregon’s high lakes support fish populations. To help create fisheries in some of these off-road areas, ODFW...

How to fish

Crappie are scrappy, hard-fighting fish, and with a two-rod validation you can double the excitement of reeling in these delicious...

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...

Where to fish

Each year ODFW stocks millions of trout in dozens of reservoirs, lakes and ponds across the state.
Finding these locations...

Where to fish

Visitors to Oregon's south coast can enjoy a  variety of opportunities from jetty fishing for rockfish and lingcod,
to some...