Deer hunters

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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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Buying a license or permit

The free disabled veteran combination license, and permit for disabled hunters and anglers make it easier for everyone to participate.

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.

Due to COVID-19 related...

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....

How to hunt game birds

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

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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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

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

How to fish

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

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 and related graphic illustrate 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...

Where to fish

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

From license discounts to additional controlled hunt tags, ODFW wants to make sure our uniformed service members are given the...

How to hunt big game

Check out the latest point summary reports for all big game, and use the information to strategize
while deciding which...

Where to clam and crab

In nearly every Oregon estuary, some species of bay clams can be found. However, abundances and variety of species is...

How to hunt big game

Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Program teaches bowhunters the fundamentals of safe, responsible archery hunting
and an appreciation and respect for the environment...

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He is an Oregon icon – Herman, the sturgeon, the state’s most famous fish. At 11 ft. long and nearly 500...

Can't find a place to see Oregon’s iconic spring chinook salmon spawning? Want to cross the ferruginous hawk off your birdwatching...

How to hunt big game

Cougar season and hunting information, including information about cougar conflict target areas.

Due to COVID-19 related ODFW office closures, cougar...

Where to hunt big game

Public access to lands suitable to hunt can be a challenge. That's why we have the Oregon Hunting
Access Map to help...