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.
OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BLACK BEAR
HARNEY COUNTY (Silvies, Malheur River, Steens Mt, Juniper, portions of Beatys Butte, Wagontire, and Whitehorse)
Fall bear season is open until Nov. 30. Bear populations in Harney County are generally low. While no formal surveys are done for bear in this area, bear populations appear to be stable. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear MUST be within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.
Controlled Antlerless elk seasons begins Nov. 16 and continues through Nov. 24 in the Silvies and N. Malheur River Wildlife Management Units. Hunting conditions are forecast to remain dry and mild for the early part of the season making hunting conditions difficult as animals will remain scattered at all elevations and tracking will be difficult. Hunting should improve significantly if some precipitation arrives.
Coyote populations are good throughout Harney County. Be aware that bobcats and cougars also may respond to predator calls, and there are separate licensing and season limitations for these species.
Cougar hunting is open year around. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Don’t forget successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 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.
MALHEUR COUNTY (Whitehorse, Owyhee and Beulah Units)
Fall Bear season is open until Nov. 30. Most bears are found on the forested portion of the district. Hunters are reminded that hunter harvested bear within 10 days of harvest; please bring bear in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue and tooth collection.
Controlled Eastern Oregon 2nd elk season opens Nov. 2 and continues through Nov. 10. Be sure to check the area you plan to hunt for . Most elk are found on the forested portions of the district in the Malheur National Forest.
Cougar hunting is open. Populations are healthy and distributed throughout the district in any area with a big game prey base. Successful hunters must check-in cougars no more than 10 days after harvest; please bring cougar in thawed and with mouth propped open for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.
Coyote hunting is available throughout the district. Reproduction this year appears to be good which should enhance calling opportunities. Be aware that bobcats and cougars may respond to predator calls, and separate licensing and season limitations exist for these species.
Ground squirrels are becoming more active on warmer days. Be sure to obtain permission when entering private lands.