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To give hunters more time to report their hunts in the new electronic licensing system, the deadline to report 2018 hunts has been extended to April 15, 2019.

Recreation Report

Columbia Area

Recreation Report

Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts

The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system. To report your hunt, locate and/or verify your account. Then choose “Submit a Hunting and Fishing Outcome Report” or “Outcome Reporting / Mandatory Reporting” to complete your report. 


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

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: Zone A cougar season has reopened with the new year.

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

Winter closure: The Wildlife lands north of Forest Service Rd 27/Badger Creek Rd are closed to the public from Dec. 1 through March 31.

Wolves on the White River Wildlife Area are protected by state and /or federal law. It is unlawful to shoot them. Hunters targeting coyotes need to take extra care in identifying their target. Coyotes can resemble wolves, especially wolf pups. Please report any sightings of wolves or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Cougar: Zone A cougar season has reopened on White River Wildlife Area. 

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.

Test your identification skills with ODFW’s new Coyote and Gray Wolf ID Quiz.

Current weather conditions: Recent storms have blanket the Wildlife Area with an average of 20 inches of fresh snow. If you’re looking to travel in the area be prepared as several vehicles have gotten stuck. Additional snow is predicted for our area.