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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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Fishing and hunting remain open in Oregon during the Covid-19 crisis, but closures of parks, popular recreation spots and other...

How to hunt game birds
Download the Game Bird Release Permit

Rules for permits and releasing birds, pursuit seasons and competitive dog trials. Download Game Bird Release Permit.

Find all the information you need to trap or hunt furbearers in Oregon, including licensing requirements and seasons.

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.

This week spring black bear season opened amidst shelter-in-place orders from the governor to help stop the spread of the...

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...

We're living through a global pandemic right now, and the chief culprit is a virus called coronavirus. What's that have...

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...

This is a listener's guide to the Beaver State Podcast. If you're a podcast pro, go ahead and skip ahead...

How to hunt big game

See the latest and historic data on big game population surveys from 2012 to present.

In this episode, we introduce the host of The Beaver State Podcast, Tim Akimoff, and talk to ODFW Director Curt...

Each year over 9 million Oregonians and visitors head to hills – and the desert, and the beach – to...

Zane Grey introduced the world to Oregon winter steelhead fishing in 1919, creating the mythos of these legendary fish. In...

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...

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...

Where to fish

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

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...

Competition was stiff this year for the 2020 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests.

How to fish

Minimal gear, aggressive fish and plenty of bank fishing opportunity – just three reasons to try coho fishing.

wildlife viewing

In late September, deer and elk begin their annual migration to wintering grounds, and often have to cross roads and...