Recreation Report

Southwest Area

Recreation Report



Coquille Valley Wildlife Area (CVWA) is now open for public recreational use. 

It was reopened November 10, after a summer of various habitat and infrastructure projects occurred. CVWA consists of two tracts with different access programs. The northern tract, Beaver Slough Tract, is open seven days a week for public use. The southern tract, Winter Lake Tract, is open Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and state holidays. Winter Lake Tract is closed to public access on other days. In both cases visitors need to obtain a free public Hunt Area permit, even if a person is visiting for reasons other than hunting. Permits are available at the parking and access site located along North Bank Ln. All access to CVWA must be through this access point.

Due to potential trespass issues on neighboring landownerships your cooperation with the requirement to access through one point is appreciated. Visitors must return their completed access permit to a box located on the post of the kiosk at the access point after each day’s use. Any questions or comments, please contact the Charleston Field Office, 63538 Boat Basin Drive, Charleston, OR (541-888-5515). More detailed information is available in the 2017 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.

Waterfowl: Seasons are closed.

Grouse & Quail: closed

Wilson’s snipe season continues until Feb. 18, 2018. Snipe tend to be a forgotten game bird in Oregon. They are the only shorebird that regulations allow the harvest of. From a hunting standpoint the behavior of this bird is more like that of an upland gamebird. They often hold very tightly for a bird dog and flush like a quail. However, they tend to live around marshes where grass is flooded with shallow water. During wet periods they can be found in surprising abundance in clear cuts where water ponds in depressions. These birds are migratory and their abundance in Coos County is often high during winter. To hunt these birds the hunter must have a current hunting license and migratory Game Bird HIP validation but no Federal waterfowl stamp in required. Because these birds are often around wetlands, federally approved non-toxic shot must be used while hunting them. If you are a Coos County resident who is itching for some local upland bird hunting give Wilson’s snipe a try.


Eurasian Collared-Doves: These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons for these invasives and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds. Identify this species and its habitat.


Spring Turkey season opens on April 15 and continues through May 31. Now is the time of year to start patterning turkeys in order to determine their moving habitat as well as where they roost in order to be as efficient as possible come the season opener. The daily bag limit is one male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard; you are allowed to purchase up to three turkey tags over the course of the season.

There is also a special youth turkey weekend on April 7 and 8, this is a great chance for hunters 17 and younger to beat the crowds and harvest a turkey before the general season.