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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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Where to hunt game birds

Federal wildlife refuges available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 3 of a 4 part series of articles.

How to clam and crab

Oregon estuaries are rich with many species of clams, although only a few of these species are commonly harvested. Gaper,...

How to fish

A quick guide to cleaning and storing the fish you catch.

Buying a license or permit

Get your permit to hunt goose in the northwest corner of Oregon- part of the Pacific Flyway for migrating waterfowl.

Where to fish

The north Willamette area includes the Columbia River from Bonneville downstream to St. Helens and the lower Willamette Basin north...

How to fish

Surf fishing is one of Oregon’s most underutilized fisheries. There are hundreds of places to fish along Oregon’s sandy beaches,...

Buying a license or permit

ODFW’s Premium Hunts give any hunter a chance to draw a deer, elk or pronghorn tag with a months-long season.

Where to fish

The central area follows the Deschutes River Basin along the eastern slope of the Cascades, and includes the middle reaches...

Where to fish

Abundant rainfall feeds the massive Willamette River watershed, tamed by a system of reservoirs stocked annually with hundreds of thousands...

How to fish

There are several ways to begin your fishing journey – you can join a friend or family member on their...

Where to fish

The southeast area covers the high desert country of Harney and Malheur counties and is the most arid region of...

Where to fish

The granite peaks of Oregon’s Blue and Wallowa Mountains form the backdrop for many of this zone’s glacier-carved lakes and...

Buying a license or permit

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife owns or manages nearly 200,000 acres of land set aside for wildlife use...

How to hunt game birds

Dove hunting seasons open earlier than many others and offer one of the first opportunities to go afield each year....

How to hunt big game

By completing the mandatory hunter report, you are providing key pieces of information that biologists will use in their game...

How to hunt game birds

Oregon supports diverse waterfowl populations, from sea ducks in coastal saltwater to puddle ducks in the alkali basins of southeast...

How to fish

It's important to be able to distinguish between the most commonly encountered rockfish. Knowing what you've caught, and how many...

Where to clam and crab

The areas around Bandon, on the Coquille River, have productive softshell beds. The areas near Bandon Marsh National Wildlife refuge...

How to fish

With just a couple of tools and a few minutes, The Fish Grip™, originally designed as a safer way for...

Where to clam and crab

Clamming is the main attraction in Netarts Bay which is one of five major crabbing
bays in Oregon with good...

How to hunt big game

This example will show you how to read a point summary report.

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island- Hunting in the Westside Unit. Part 3 of a 5 part...

Where to clam and crab

Crabbing can be good year-round but the best catches are in the winter. Tidal flats throughout the bay produce lots...

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time to go fishing? Think again—if you live in the greater Portland area,...