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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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How to fish
Opportunities from beach, pier and jetty

With some simple, inexpensive gear and a little knowledge, anglers of all ages can enjoy a day of marine fishing.

Where to fish

Salmon, steelhead and smallmouth bass offer world-class fishing here year-round. Rainbow trout are stocked in the upper Rogue and in...

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...

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

Wide open spaces, wild windy places, and extreme temperatures characterize Oregon’s largest, most remote fishing zone. Scarcity makes water especially...

How to hunt game birds
The small Wilson’s snipe presents a big challenge for bird hunters

Snipe fly fast and erratically. They aren’t hard to kill, just hard to hit. Here are a few tips to...

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

If you bought a tag you must report, even in you weren't successful. Hunters have until Jan. 31 and April 15,...

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...

How to hunt big game

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

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 game birds
Where-to and how-to go bird hunting in Oregon

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

The following step-by-step guide will walk you through the new online registration system. With ODFW’s electronic licensing system, you can...

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...

How to clam and crab
How-to and where-to dig for clams on Oregon’s coast

Digging for razor and bay clams is fun, easy and tasty.

Where to fish

Let’s go fishing! not enough time? Think again. If you live in the Roseburg area, there are a number of...

Where to hunt game birds

An introduction and overview map of bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 1 of a 4 part series of...

How to clam and crab

Digging razor clams is a challenging and fun recreational pastime with delicious rewards. Continue reading to learn some fundamental skills needed...

How to fish

More people in Oregon fish for trout than for any other kind of fish. Anglers can experience a lifetime of...