If you take a camera in the field with you, we’d love to see photos of your hunt. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!
OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE
HOOD RIVER, WASCO, SHERMAN COUNTIES (Hood, White River, Maupin, West Biggs Units)
Antlerless Elk (Maupin and West Biggs): Oct. 12 - Nov. 30
Public access is limited to BLM lands in the Deschutes and John Day River Canyons. Also, The Woosley Tract of Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area can be accessed by boat from the Deschutes River. Elk hunting in these units is best on private lands but elk can also be found on public lands if hunters are willing to work for it.
Fall bear: Open Aug. 1- Nov. 30
Bear densities in White River and Hood units are high and early season hunting can be productive near fall berry crops. So far this season, the Hood unit seems to be the hot spot for fall bear hunting, with several bears harvested thus far in the season. Any accessible areas near the boundaries of orchards can also be productive areas to target bears.
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.
Black Bear: Closed.
Cougar: Cougar season is open in the White River Wildlife Area. Try using predator calls to increase your odds of success. Here are Check to make sure the zone you are hunting in hasn’t reached the harvest quota before you hunt. Remember it is mandatory to check in your unfrozen cougar skull and hide with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of the kill by the person who harvested the animal. See page 62 in the big game hunting regulations or for more information.
It is also mandatory to submit the reproductive tract of any female cougar taken (see page 59 in the big game hunting regulations).
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.
Test your identification skills with ODFW’s new Coyote and Gray Wolf ID Quiz.
Coyotes: There are no seasons or bag limits on coyotes. Populations are good throughout the wildlife area. This time of year coyote fur is prime and it is a great time for using predator calls. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing/tags and season limitations exist for these species.
Western gray squirrel: Season is closed.
Current road and weather conditions: Travel is allowed only on roads that are designated by the green dot. Many of the roads are now closed for winter to protect the roads and wintering wildlife. All of the wildlife area north of Badger Creek road is closed to all public access Dec. 1 through March 31. Look for road information maps at entrances to the wildlife area. Very cold and snowy weather is upon us. Many of the roads are icy so be prepared and drive carefully.