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The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River to the California border for elevated domoic acid levels.

The Dam Hole on the Trask River closed to fishing on Sept. 1 and will remain closed until Nov. 30.

Effective October 19, the daily bag limit reduces for adult hatchery Chinook 

Retention of wild adult fall Chinook salmon is prohibited effective October 5, 2019.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day.

Recreation Report

Northeast Area

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Recreation Report

We want your photos

Attention bear hunters – we want your photos!

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!

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Hunting and fire danger

Dry conditions and the associated fire danger can have a large impact on your hunting opportunity. It pays to check in advance to see if there are any access restrictions in the unit(s) you plan to hunt.

Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online with the Wolf Reporting Form.

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

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BLACK BEAR

BAKER DISTRICT (Sumpter, Keating, Pine Creek, Lookout Mt.)

Attention Lookout Mt. hunters

The Forsea Ranch Access Area will NOT be available for big game hunting this fall. The property is ending its participation in the Access & Habitat program and will not be available to hunters beginning July 31, 2019.

The controlled hunts affected are #164 (buck deer); #s 264A1, 264A2, 264X, 264Y (elk); #464 (pronghorn antelope); #s 564A1 and 564A2 (bighorn sheep).

Cougars can be found throughout Baker County but hunters should target areas with high concentrations of deer and elk. Setting up on a fresh kill or using distress calls can all be productive techniques. Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

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

GRANT DISTRICT (Murderers Creek, Northside, Desolation)

Hunter should look for deer around recent burns, fires less than 15 years old, recent timber harvest areas and wet meadows. Deer will select areas that have the best early serial plants species or areas with the best forage. There have been recent fires in Canyon Creek and Aldrich Mountain in the Murderers Creek Unit. The Monument Rock wilderness in the West Beulah Unit and the Indian Rock area in the Desolation Unit.

Elk will be widely scattered as green feed is abundant everywhere. This has been one of the wettest summers in recent years, which has created great forage for elk. However, elk will be scattered because they won’t be tied to limited food sources as much as years past. Elk populations are doing well. Hunters should look to get away from open roads. The best hunting will be about 2 miles from an open road.

Cougar hunting reopened Jan. 1. Cougar are well-distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success. Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details.

Bears can be found throughout the district and appear to be in good number. They can be found in areas where elderberry are present. The berries are starting to ripen and are a favorite food of bears. The fall general season tag sale deadline is not in the bear section of the regulation, but it can be found on page 7. The dead line to purchase the tag is Sept. 27.

Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. Coyotes may respond to distress calls. Try calling in the early morning and late evening.

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

HEPPNER DISTRICT (Heppner, Fossil, East Biggs, southern Columbia Basin)

Cougar hunting is open. Cougar are well-distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success. Remember a 2019 cougar tag and hunting license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.

The Coyote population is healthy with good numbers of coyotes available for those who wish to pursue them. Watch wind direction to help prevent giving away your location. Calling with game distress calls can be very successful.

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

UMATILLA DISTRICT (Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, Ukiah, eastern portion of Heppner, northern Columbia Basin)

Elk population levels are doing well within Umatilla County. Throughout the county we have experienced a wet fall, which has led to a robust forage year at mid to upper elevations.  These conditions may spread elk distributions out across the landscape more than in years past.

Winter has shown itself early at upper elevations with cold temperatures and snowfall. However, these current conditions should not shift animals to lower elevations for the upcoming rifle elk seasons. 

Cougar are well-distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and hunting near it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located.

Coyote are numerous throughout the County and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.

Fall bear season is open until Nov. 30.

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

UNION COUNTY

Cougars are common in Union County. Focus on game rich areas with long ridgelines or saddles that cats typically travel. Setting up downwind of a deer or elk killed by a cougar can be productive. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for only $14.50. All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before check in.

Coyote numbers are high throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

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

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

All lands north and east of Foothill Road are open to hunting weekends, Wednesdays and all federal holidays. Please refer to Big Game and Game Bird regulations for season dates and additional regulations.

Hunting equipment is limited to short range (shotgun, archery or muzzleloader) equipment only. Rifles and handguns are prohibited at all times.

The Glass Hill portion of the wildlife area is open seven days a week April 1 through Jan. 31. Please refer to the ODFW big game and game bird regulations for season dates.

The wildlife Area is closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. In addition there is no camping on the wildlife area. Violators will be asked to leave and or will be issued citations.

Please call the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area with any questions 541 963 4954.

WALLOWA COUNTY (Wenaha, Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Snake River, Minam, Imnaha)

Rocky Mountain Elk: Controlled bull and antlerless elk hunts continue through November.  Elk at higher elevations in the Imnaha, Minam, and Snake River units are moving to mid-elevation ranges. Elk in the Sled Springs and Chesnimnus units are still in typical late summer/fall locations.

Weather has been cold in the mountains with several winter storms passing through. Hunters can expect to find snow on north facing aspects in mid-elevation areas and significant snow at high elevations.

Travel management areas and/or road closures are in effect in the Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Imnaha, and Snake River units. Hancock private lands in the Sled Springs and Wenaha units are open to public entry and camping. Contact Hancock Forest Management at 541-962-2184 for current information and/or restrictions.

Cougar: Populations are moderate throughout Wallowa County. Most lions are taken incidental to other hunting; however, calling with fawn bleat, or locating a cougar kill and waiting for a cat to return are often successful techniques.

Coyote: Good numbers of coyotes can be found throughout Wallowa County. Calling coyotes with rabbit distress type calls has been effective for hunters. It is important to choose areas with abundant coyote sign and little human activity.

Black bear: The general fall season is open until Nov. 30. Good berry crops have been observed in several areas this summer and hunters can look forward to a good season.

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