Recreation Report

Columbia Area

Recreation Report

Give us a wing and a tail - Map of collection barrels for grouse and quail now available

It’s not unusual for big game hunters to also target some grouse for the camp dinner. If you bag a bird, don’t forget to give us a wing and a tail for any forest grouse or mountain quail you harvest! Use paper bags in the bright blue collection barrels placed at major road junctions or highways in hunting areas and some ODFW offices and popular rural markets. Mark your harvest date plus county and general location where you hunted.

Here’s a map of where to find collection barrels.

Wings and tails provide information on hatch date, age and sex ratio of birds and recruitment (number of young surviving). Thanks very much for your cooperation.


HOOD RIVER, WASCO, SHERMAN COUNTIES (Hood, White River, Maupin, West Biggs Units)

Black bear: Aug. 1- Nov. 30

The White River and Hood units have healthy bear populations. Focusing on areas with lots of huckleberries early in the season can be a good route to success. Both of these units are pretty heavily forested and can be difficult to hunt with traditional spot and stock methods. Hood River County forest and some private timberlands have been managed for more timber harvest and can be good areas to check out. Make sure you check with these landowners to determine if they are open for access during fire season. Also, make sure you have a permit if planning to access Weyerhauser lands within these units. Mt. Hood National Forest lands also have healthy bear populations. It can be more difficult to find suitable areas to glass for bears, so covering a lot of ground is your best route to success, especially in areas with lots of huckleberries.

Coyotes: Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary. Look for them in early morning or evening and pay close attention to wind direction.

Cougar: Most cougars are harvested by hunters targeting other species. Remember to purchase a cougar tag before heading out for other hunts. Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Also, try using predator calls to draw them in and be patient for them to make their appearance. The season is open all year, unless the zone quota is met in the area you are hunting.

White River Wildlife Area

Bear: Aug. 1 – Nov. 30. Bag limit: One black bear, unlawful to take cubs less than one year old or sows with cubs less than one year old.

Bears can be found throughout WRWA. This is a boom year for acorn production and soon bears will be scouring the ground looking to put on extra weight before winter. Find chokecherry, bittercherry and elderberries, search for tracks and scat on roads and trails. Scan canyon slopes and open areas to try and spot them feeding in early morning and evenings.

Cougar: Jan. 1- Dec. 31 Bag limit: One cougar per tag or until Zone Mortality Quotas have been met.

It is unlawful to take spotted kittens or females with spotted kittens. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

Coyotes: There are no seasons or bag limits on Coyotes. Populations are good throughout the wildlife area. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.