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Need to figure out controlled hunts, find a place to clam, learn how to fish or get directions to a wildlife area? We've got information on all that and more, straight from ODFW biologists and other accomplished hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers. 

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One hunter’s story

An experienced hunter witnessed a mule deer being poached. He was so rattled he forgot who to call and how...

While Oregon is at the very southern range of chum salmon, there are several rivers with good fall runs of...

Renowned wildlife photographer Gary Kramer stopped for a chat with the Beaver State Podcast on a recent swing through Oregon...

how to hunt
Our tips for new or novice hunters

Whether it’s spending more time outdoors or harvesting food for the freezer, there are lots reasons to become a hunter...

How to fish
Our tips for new or novice anglers

Fishing isn’t hard, but it can be confusing to know how to begin. Here’s a step-by-step approach to get from...

ODFW invasive species biologist, Rick Boatner discusses his long career fighting to keep Oregon free of some of the worst...

We talk to National Park Service Ecologist Tom Rodhouse all about Oregon's bats and their habitats. This episode is a...

Cougars are a conservation success story in Oregon. Nearly extirpated by the 1960s, a change to game mammal status helped...

Oregon's commercial fisheries are a vital part of Oregon's coastal economy. Aside from supplying fresh fish, crabs and pink shrimp...

While the beginning of October might be synonymous with buck deer seasons, waterfowl hunters start looking up at the sky...

how to hunt

Oregon is facing an unprecedented wildfire season and the area where you had planned to hunt, fish or recreate may be...

ODFW Hatchery Program Manager Scott Patterson walks us through a half-dozen of the most common misconceptions about Oregon's fish hatcheries...

ODFW Wildlife Chief Doug Cottom and Deputy Kevin Blakely join us for a look at Oregon’s mule deer management to...

Dr. Darren Clark is a research scientist who studies many different Oregon wildlife species, but one of the most significant...

Most of the wildlife in Oregon evolved with wildfire. And even though fires are intensifying, they are nothing new to...

Mule deer, or muleys, are one if, if not the most, iconic critters in western North America. They are synonymous...

Mule deer range is characterized by beautiful but unforgiving landscapes. Mule deer numbers have always been determined in the margins...

How to fish
Water conditions, gear and flexibility all matter

Some anglers think coho are more aggressive and easier to catch while they’re still in the open waters of the...

How to fish
Use your favorite gear, target sea-runs in late summer, and more

Wide distribution, an aggressive nature and willingness to take bait, flies or lures, makes cutthroat trout a popular target in western...

In the spring of 2019, several clients chartered an ocean fishing trip out of Coos Bay. They were promised trophy-size lingcod...

Leland Brown is the non-lead hunting education coordinator at the Oregon Zoo, and co-founder of the North American Non-lead Partnership...

Dr. Shaun Clements is at the interface between science and policy, where he looks at things like the impacts of...

How to hunt big game

ODFW has been reviewing big game hunting to simplify regulations, provide fair and consistent opportunity and ensure biological objectives are...

It's not a pretty process, but outdoor legislation has defined the United States for much of its 200+ year history...