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Effective 9/19 to 12/31, Chinook and coho retention are open from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Recreation Report

East Area

Recreation Report

Game bird updates are now monthly

Beginning September 2020, the game bird section of the Recreation Report will be updated monthly, instead of weekly. We hope these monthly updates will be more dynamic and substantive than would minor, weekly updates.

Sign up to receive an email when the report has been updated, or when interim updates and announcements are made. We’ve broadened your choices for email notification so that you can select only those sections of the Recreation Report that interest you.

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ANNOUCEMENTS

2020 wildfire effects on hunting: Check before you go

ODFW can’t tell you whether to go hunting or not. We will try to steer you to information about fire closures and access issues, air quality, hunt status, and tags and points so you can make an informed decision about whether to go.

You’ll now find all wildfire information related to hunting, fishing and recreating, on both public and private land, in one central location on MyODFW.com. This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check again before you go.

Game bird licenses expire in July

So you’ll need to update your upland game bird license for the new season after July 1, if you haven’t already. Log into your account and purchase your new license or go to your local vendor. If you have any problems contact a ODFW office for assistance.

Get HIP in 2020-21

Remember, a free 2020-21 HIP validation is required for any migratory game bird, including mourning doves, just as it is for waterfowl and other migratory game birds. Hunters who bought Sports Pac also need to remember that they must first redeem their upland game bird and/or waterfowl vouchers for their upland game bird and/or waterfowl validations before they go hunting.

Forest grouse and mountain quail hunters: Turn in wings and tails

Look for collection barrels where you hunt. Data gathered from wings and tails helps ODFW biologists look at population productivity and set seasons. More information, including a map of barrel locations.

REMINDER: “Breasting” birds is illegal

“Breasting” birds out and discarding the rest of the carcass before heading home is illegal. The head or fully feathered wing must be left attached to all game birds in the field or while in transit to the place of permanent residence of the processor.

Parking permit required at ODFW wildlife areas

A Wildlife Area Parking Permit is now required to park on an ODFW wildlife area. Cost is $10 daily or $30 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license; just be sure to put it on your dashboard. Buy online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

CURRENTLY OPEN:

  • Eurasian collared doves
  • Forest grouse
  • Mourning dove
  • September goose (opens Sept. 12)

EASTSIDE OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER

Upland birds

While most upland game bird seasons in eastern Oregon don’t begin until Oct. 10, hunters can still pursue forest grouse beginning Sept. 1. Ruffed grouse can be found throughout eastern Oregon’s forests, preferring shady riparian draws with fruit-producing trees and shrubs.

Dusky (blue) grouse are found on high elevation conifer stands in the Blue Mountains, while Oregon’s other blue grouse, the sooty grouse, is found on the east slopes of the Cascades and as far east as the Warner Mountains. Preliminary forest grouse reports are favorable, particularly in the central and western range of the Blue Mountains.

The eastern portion of the range may have had a difficult hatch with some heavy and sustained rainfall. The silver lining is that the extra precipitation produced some good forage and cover for the birds, even though it has been a very dry summer.

Hunters can harvest up to 3 ruffed grouse and 3 blue grouse per day with a possession limit of 9 of each species. Forest grouse are also the only game bird species that may be harvested using a rimfire firearm, such as a .22 rifle.

DISTRICT UPDATES

COLUMBIA AREA (White River, Hood, West Biggs, and Maupin Units)

Mourning dove: Mourning Doves will mostly be concentrated near food sources such as agricultural fields, especially with nearby cover and water sources.

Forest grouse and mountain quail: Sooty (blue) grouse can be found in forested portions of the White River and Hood units. They seem to be more heavily concentrated in the Hood unit and in the western portion of the White River unit. Targeting breaks of major ridges is a good strategy for finding sooty grouse.

Ruffed grouse seem to be more difficult to find in these units but are generally associated with riparian areas.

Mountain quail can also be found throughout these units associated with heavy cover and riparian areas. They also seem to be more common on private timberlands in the Hood Unit.  Make sure you have a permit to access Weyerhaeuser timberlands and check fire restrictions prior to access.

White River Wildlife Area

CLOSURE NOTICE:  The Pine Grove and Smock Prairie areas in the WRWA are closed to camping and motor vehicles due to the White River Fire damage.  These areas are open for walk in access only until further notice.  The entire Mt. Hood National Forest is closed to ALL entry until further notice.

Fall turkey: There is no longer a controlled fall turkey hunt in the White River unit. The White River Wildlife Management Unit is now closed to fall turkey hunting, to allow population numbers to recover and provide more opportunity during the popular spring season. (White River WMU is the most popular destination to spring turkey hunt in Oregon.) 

Current road and weather conditions:

The roads on the wildlife area are dry and dusty and travel is allowed only on open roads designated by the green dot. Look for maps with road information at entrances to the wildlife area. Reminder: Display your required parking permit when visiting the wildlife area. Camping in the wildlife area is only allowed in designated camping areas. Please pack out your trash. Fire restrictions are in effect within the wildlife area. No campfires and no wood cutting. No ATVs allowed in the wildlife area. 

The weather forecast is hot and dry with temperatures reaching the mid-80s. The WRWA is covered in smoke from the wildfires and the air quality is at hazardous levels. Fire restrictions are in effect within the wildlife area including woodcutting restrictions.   Campfires are NOT allowed, no smoking and every vehicle traveling in the wildlife area is required to possess one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher Please continue to follow the state guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic. More COVID19 information can be found at the entrances to the wildlife area.  

Reminders:

  • Display your required parking permit when visiting the wildlife area.
  • Camping in the wildlife area is allowed only in designated camping spots.
  • Campfires & woodcutting are NOT allowed in the wildlife area due to fire restrictions.
  • Be prepared for extreme heat and stay hydrated. 
  • Please pack out your trash.
  • No ATVs allowed in the wildlife area.

9/16/20

SOUTH CENTRAL AREA

KLAMATH COUNTY

Quail (mountain and California): Season opens on Oct. 10 for Klamath County even though season opened on Sept. 1 in western Oregon.

Mourning dove: Season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Best prospects are near agricultural areas and water. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these birds which are smaller and darker than the Eurasian collared dove.

Forest grouse: Season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Best prospects are in the Cascade Mountains for both blue and ruffed grouse, although there are fair numbers of blue grouse in forested habitat in eastern Klamath County. Hunters are asked to provide a wing and tail from each grouse harvested and drop them off at the Klamath District Office on Miller Island Road.

Eurasian collared-doves: There are lots of opportunities to hunt these non-native game birds. Season is open year-round with no bag limit restrictions. A hunting license is required.

Klamath Wildlife Area

  • Dove season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 30.
  • The wildlife area is open for September Canada goose. Sept. 12-16.
  • Sept.19-20 is reserved for the Youth Upland Bird Hunt and youth hunters only.
  • Sept. 26-27 is reserved for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt and youth hunters only.

Miller Island Unit:

  • The Miller Island Unit is located 6 miles south and west of Klamath Falls. Miller Island Unit is closed to all access from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
  • Discharging firearms is prohibited except during authorized game bird hunting seasons or by special permit.
  • Oct. 1 – Dec. 31: Open to public use Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • Open to game bird hunting Oct. 10 and 11 and every following Monday, Wednesday and Saturday during authorized game bird seasons.
  • All other days are closed to all entry, except public roads, parking areas, boat ramp, designated birding trail and designated dog training area.
  • Upland game bird shooting hours begin at 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 24, all of Miller Island Unit is open to youth hunters only on a first-come basis
  • Overnight camping is not allowed on the Miller Island Unit

Gorr Island Unit:

Gorr Island is located four miles south of the Miller Island Unit in the Klamath River, accessible only by boat. Gorr Island is open daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Shoalwater Bay Unit and Sesti Tgawaals Unit:

Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals are both located on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake approximately 10 miles to the north and west of Klamath Falls. Shoalwater Bay and Sesti Tgawaals Units are both open for hunting daily with no permit required during authorized seasons.

Hunting Information Miller Island Unit:

Mourning dove hunting is generally good for the first couple of days of the season. It does tend to drop off after that. Hunters should focus on areas around some of the old homesteads where there are plenty of trees and shrubs for roosting.

Weekly and summarized harvest statistics for the Miller Island Unit can be found at Hunting Statistics.

If you have any questions, please contact Klamath Wildlife Area at (541) 883-5732.

LAKE COUNTY

Mourning dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues until Oct. 30. Hunters should focus around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Hunters are reminded to ask permission to hunt private lands. Daily bag limit is 15 birds with a possession limit of 45. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these birds which are smaller and darker than Eurasian Collared Dove. Identify this species and its habitat.

Eurasian collared doves are expanding throughout Lake County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons or limits to their harvest. A hunting license is required on public land. Focus around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these birds which are larger and lighter than mourning doves with a distinctive band around the back of the neck. Identify this species and its habitat.

Blue and ruffed grouse season opens Sept. 1 and continues until Jan. 31. Daily bag limit is 3 birds of each species with a possession limit of 9 birds of each species. The best areas for blue grouse is along ridge tops in more open forest habitats such as Winter Rim and Hager Mountain. While there are very few ruffed grouse in Lake County they are generally found along riparian areas.

Sage grouse: Controlled permitted season opens Sept. 7-15 in the Beatys Butte, Juniper, and Warner units. Daily and season bag limit is 2 sage grouse. Water availability across the all the units is good. Hunters should focus within a few miles of ponds, springs and riparian areas. However, hunters are cautioned not to limit wildlife access to water.

September Canada Goose season opens Sept. 7-15 in eastern Oregon. Some areas open during regular goose season are closed during this season so hunters should consult pages 32-40 of the 2019-20 Game Bird Regulations prior to hunting. Canada goose can be found in agricultural fields in good numbers throughout Lake County. Hunters are reminded to obtain landowner permission prior to hunting. Daily bag limit is 5 Canada geese with a possession limit of 15 birds.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

The hunting season for mourning doves started on Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30, 2020. Dove hunting has been very slow with few birds found on the area.

The Statewide Youth Waterfowl Hunting opportunity for youths 17 and younger who are accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older will take place on Sept. 26 and 27.

Please remember to make sure youth hunters meet all the requirements listed on page 26 of the 2020–21 Oregon Game Bird Regulations. Summer Lake no longer has a Point of Sale License agent and cellular service for electronic licensing is sometimes spotty.

All hunters will need to obtain and have a daily hunting permit in their possession while in the field. Free daily hunting permits will be available by self-serve.

Check out is mandatory and can be accomplished by filling out and dropping the “B” portion of the permit off in check-out boxes found at major access areas.

Traditional areas are open and posted refuges are closed to all hunting. Please be aware that the River Ranch Unit will be dry to prepare for ground work through the early part of waterfowl season. Gold Dike Impoundment and South of Gold Dike units in the southwest portion of the wildlife area also being drawndown this year, resulting in low water level or dry conditions and may impact hunting opportunities in that area.

To compensate for diminished opportunities, the northern portion of Bullgate Refuge will be open to hunting this year. Please consult the Hunter Advisory found on page 36 for additional information.

Maps are available in the Headquarters lobby area or online.

Non-toxic shot is required for all game bird hunting and posted refuges are closed to hunting.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area harvest statistics and weekly bird counts can be found on the ODFW website.

Please contact Summer Lake Wildlife Area at (541) 943-3152 for additional information.

SOUTHEAST AREA

HARNEY COUNTY

Sage grouse: This is a controlled hunt and the application deadline was Aug. 14. For those hunters who drew a permit, season dates are Sept. 12-20. Please note that the Juniper unit remains closed but the Trout Creeks will open this year.

Mourning dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Mourning dove concentrations are often associated with recent fires or near grain fields. Dove numbers typically decline rapidly soon after the season opens.

Blue and ruffed grouse season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 31. Forest grouse can be found in the northern end of the County near the Malheur National Forest. Early in the season look for blue grouse along ridge tops in brushy areas near forested edges.  Ruffed grouse prefer dense riparian habitats or aspen stands.

September Canada Goose season begins Sept. 12 and continues through Sept. 16. Best prospect for early Canada goose season are on private agricultural lands around new plantings or areas that are being flood irrigated. Remember to get permission to hunt private lands. Drawn down reservoirs can also offer good early season goose hunting opportunities.

Statewide Youth Waterfowl Season is Sept. 26-27.  Local reservoirs and waterways may provide some good hunting prospects. Generally speaking water conditions are low throughout the county. Consult page 26 of the gamebird regulations for eligibility and requirements.

Eurasian collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year-round.

MALHEUR COUNTY

Sage grouse season dates are Sept. 12-20. The Trout Creeks unit will open this year.

Mourning dove season opens Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 30. Good numbers of doves can be found throughout the district in areas adjacent to intensive farmed ground. Remember to get permission to hunt private lands.

Blue and ruffed grouse season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2020. Most grouse hunting occurs on the Malheur National Forest portions of the district.

Eurasian collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year-round.

NORTHEAST AREA

BAKER COUNTY

Eurasian collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year-round.

GRANT COUNTY

Eurasian collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year-round.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Ladd Marsh is open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays Aug. 1 through Jan. 31.

Waterfowl:  So far so good out here at Ladd Marsh. Water is dwindling but we have some water spread out over the entire area.  We are hopeful it will hold until some fall rains come our way but we will update as the season gets closer. Banding is going great with good brood sizes and lots of waterfowl using the area. Make sure and watch for updates!

Upland: It appears that it will be a moderate upland season out here on the Marsh. We are seeing good brood sizes but they are few and far between. The extremely wet spring did not bode well for the early chicks and we saw almost zero early survival.

Mourning doves on the other hand did PHENOMENAL! We banded a record 299 birds in our eight week banding season and had some amazing flocks in all corners of the area. The season is now open so come out and take advantage of this bumper crop!

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

UMATILLA COUNTY

Eurasian collared-dove populations are expanding throughout the county. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons or limits to their harvest. A hunting license is required on public land. Focus around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these birds which are larger and lighter than mourning doves with a distinctive band around the back of the neck. Identify this species and its habitat.

UNION COUNTY

Eurasian-collared doves are now unprotected and can be taken year-round.

WALLOWA COUNTY

Eurasian collared doves are unprotected and can be taken year-round. There are no closed seasons or limits to their harvest, but a hunting license is required on public land.

Mourning dove: The limited number of mourning doves in the county have naturally restricted the opportunity available. Finding agricultural fields with nearby roosting trees and a water source is a good place to start.

Forest grouse: Grouse experienced a tough start to the summer with a long and weather-impacted spring resulting in limited nesting success. Hunters can expect to search to find more than a few birds. Until the weather cools down, concentrate in riparian and cooler areas of the draws. A good dog will be an asset for hunting grouse in thick cover.