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Need to figure out controlled hunts or find a place to clam -- there are articles on that. Want to hunt or fish for the first time, but aren't sure how -- we've got articles for that. 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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Tips for beginning anglers:

  • Trout, bass, bluegill and other panfish are great ways to get started.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to fish. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There’s a Where to fish option, as well.

Tips for beginning hunters:

  • Ducks, turkey and small game (squirrels and rabbits) are good choices for your first hunts.
  • Use the filter by topic function to look for articles on How to hunt for big game, and How to hunt for game birds. (Don’t forget to hit the Apply button.)
  • There are Where to hunt options, as well.

Registration is now open for Hunter Education classes and field days. Pre-registration is required. Check here for more information on...

How to hunt big game

Learning to hunt is an adventure that can last a lifetime, and ODFW Hunter Education is a great way to...

Where to fish

The John Day – Umatilla area includes the John Day River and Umatilla River basins, and Oregon’s upper reaches of...

Where to fish

A dozen great rivers pour out of the Coast Range Mountains into tidal bays that welcome runs of salmon and...

Buying a license or permit

Steps for getting a duplicate hunter education card.

Where to fish

The southwest area follows Interstate 5 from Drain south to the Oregon-California border and includes the communities of Grants Pass,...

Where to fish

Known for its high desert climate, sage-covered canyons, glacial peaks and mountain lakes, this zone is defined by the reach...

Buying a license or permit

The Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit is not a license or tag. Hunters must still obtain a hunting and/or...

Buying a license or permit

All anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon (catch-and-release and retention) on all rivers and tributaries in the Columbia River...

Opportunity for kids

Mentored Youth Hunter Program allows youth 9 through 15 years of age to hunt without first passing an approved hunter education...

How to fish

Two commonly caught species of salmon are coho and Chinook. Fishing regulations require anglers to correctly identify salmon species as restrictions...

How to hunt big game

Rabbit hunting is the third most popular type of hunting activity in the U.S., behind wild turkey and deer hunting....

Opportunity for kids

Fishing with your kids or grandkids can be a lot of fun for all. Check out ODFW's fishing opportunities for...

Where to clam and crab

Just a few miles south of Newport, the town of Waldport (population 2,000) is on the shores of Alsea Bay....

Where to fish

Whether it's a 6-inch bluegill or a trophy-size bass, Oregon's warmwater fish offer anglers of all ages a variety of...

Where to clam and crab

Nehalem Bay offers both beach and boat access to softshell and purple varnish clam beds.

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - an introduction. Part 1 of a 5 part series.

Where to clam and crab

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for beach-goers and clam diggers....

Where to clam and crab

Umpqua River is one of Oregon's largest estuaries; however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing. Softshell clam...

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing on Saturday. Not enough time to go fishing? Think again – if you live in the Medford...

Where to hunt game birds

A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - hunting in the North Unit. Part 4 of a 5...

How to clam and crab

Razor clams and other bivalves are filter feeders that eat single celled plants called phytoplankton. Some species of phytoplankton manufacture biological...

Where to fish

Lane County offers so much to explore -- from coastal lakes and rivers to mountain lakes and streams. The Willamette...

Where to hunt game birds

State Wildlife Areas available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 2 of a 4 part series of articles.