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Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Game Bird Hunting

This migratory bird has a generous bag limit, making it an alternative to other waterfowl hunting.

Features: The coot can't be mistaken in a wetland. With a black body, white curved bill and red eyes, these birds often move in rafts on the water. Low flyers, they still require furious wing beats before taking flight.

Habitats: These birds can be found in wetlands, estuaries and bays where other waterfowl are found.

Techniques: Coots are often taken as they enter decoy spreads. Not widely targeted, hunters may pinch a raft into a choke point to take birds on the wing.