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!
Forest Service road closures could affect Interstate Unit hunters
The Forest Service reminds hunters of some road closures in the Fremont-Winema National Forest that could affect big game hunters who have a tag for the Interstate Unit. Consult for details.
Hunting and fire danger
Dry conditions and the associated fire danger can have a large impact on your hunting opportunity. It pays to in advance to see if there are any access restrictions in the unit(s) you plan to hunt.
Wolves and coyotes can look alike
Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as , especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or to ODFW using the system.
Test your identification skills with ODFW’s new .
OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BLACK BEAR
Fall black bear: Season remains open through Nov. 30 for eastside units. Bears can be found throughout the county with best prospects in the Cascades or in the Interstate Units. Look for food sources, scat, or a good water source to increase chance of success. Remember to at an ODFW office. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. A good hunting strategy is to check for tracks after snowfall events and then use calling to lure a cougar into range.
Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars within 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open so that field staff can quickly process the animal and get you on your way. The reproductive tract is required for any female cougars taken.
Coyote hunting opportunities are available throughout the district. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and open season limitations exist for these species. Please consult the annual Big Game hunting regulations for further information.
Ground squirrel hunting is best on sunny days. Best prospects are in pasture and hay fields. Be sure to ask permission before entering private land.
Test your identification skills with ODFW’s new Coyote and Gray Wolf ID Quiz.
Motorists are reminded that mule deer migration from summer to transition and winter ranges will begin in mid-October. Mule deer will migrate along Hwy 31 between La Pine and Silver Lake, along the Bear Flat Road between Antelope Flat and Silver Lake, along Hwy 31 between Summer Lake and Paisley, and along Hwy 395 from Valley Falls to Lakeview. In addition, mule deer will cross Highway 97 from Bend to Klamath Falls. Motorist are asked to slow down and watch for mule deer crossing highways particularly in the early morning and evening. Check out .
Elk – Second season bull elk opened on Saturday Nov. 3 and continues through Nov 11. Elk populations in the District are generally low when compared to other areas of the state, but stable at those levels. Elk season is expected to fair to good depending on weather conditions. The North Lake and Youth antlerless elk hunts continue.
General fall bear – Best bear prospects are in the Silver Lake & Interstate units. Bear are present throughout the units, but at higher densities on forest lands at higher elevations including Winter Rim and Yamsey Mountain in the Silver Lake unit and Gearhart Mountain in the Interstate. The best locations to scout would be past wildfires such as the Toolbox and Barry Point fires. Hunters should check berry producing areas within these fires as the summer progresses. Old homestead orchids can also provide opportunities.
Hunters are reminded that hunter harvest bears MUST be , by appointment, within 10 days of harvest. Please prop mouth open at time of harvest and either wait to freeze or thaw the skull before your appointment. The reproductive tract is required for any female bears taken.
Cougar hunting is open. Cougar populations are healthy throughout the District. Predator calls can be an effective cougar hunting method though bobcats and bears may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species. Hunters should be prepared for predators other than cougar to respond.
Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested cougars MUST , by appointment, within 10 days of harvest. Please prop mouth open at time of harvest and either wait to freeze or thaw the skull before your appointment. The reproductive tract is required for any female cougars taken.
Coyote populations are good and hunting is available throughout the district. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species. Hunters should be prepared for predators other than coyotes to respond. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as . Test your identification skills with ODFW’s .
Please report any wolf sightings or to ODFW using the system.
All big game hunting seasons on the wildlife area are closed at this time.
Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 or email for additional information.