An emergency hunt is an unanticipated hunt held on short notice to address acute agricultural damage. Many damage situations are addressed by controlled hunts during annual big game seasons. ODFW expects to implement very few emergency hunts during any year. On average, about 200 tags are issued annually statewide. Emergency hunt tags are in addition to tags for general seasons, controlled hunts or leftover hunts. Emergency hunt participants are selected from a list established on a county-by-county basis. You may apply for only one county.
It's important to be able to distinguish between the most commonly encountered rockfish. Knowing what you've caught, and how many you can possess, will keep you on the right side of the regulations. Take a quiz to test your rockfish id skills.
Fishing with your kids or grandkids can be a lot of fun for all. Check out ODFW's fishing opportunities for youth, tips for parents/guardians, and free fishing events across the state.
Rockfish must be released when retention is prohibited or when an angler has reached the daily bag limit, but continues to fish for other species. However, releasing rockfish isn’t as simple as just dropping them back into the water. Some rockfish need help to get back down to deeper water to recover from a condition called barotrauma.
With just a couple of tools and a few minutes, The Fish Grip™, originally designed as a safer way for anglers to land fish, can easily be converted into a rockfish descending device.
Whether it's a 6-inch bluegill or a trophy-size bass, Oregon's warmwater fish offer anglers of all ages a variety of fishing opportunities. Check out some basic tips here, then head to the article that details places to go looking for warmwater fish species within the area of the state you're interested in.
We've asked our fish biologists throughout the state to pick their favorite family fishing locations. These spots are great for novice and experienced anglers alike.
This example will show you how to read a point summary report.
A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - an introduction. Part 1 of a 5 part series.
A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - Hunting in the Eastside Unit. Part 2 of a 5 part series.
A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island- Hunting in the Westside Unit. Part 3 of a 5 part series.
A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - hunting in the North Unit. Part 4 of a 5 part series.
A beginner's guide to waterfowl hunting on Sauvie Island - hunting for geese. Part 5 of a 5 part series.
An introduction and overview map of bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 1 of a 4 part series of articles.
State Wildlife Areas available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 2 of a 4 part series of articles.
Federal wildlife refuges available for bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 3 of a 4 part series of articles.
Learn about private lands granting public access to bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 4 of a 4 part series of articles.
Legal shooting hours for game bird and Northwest Permit Goose during the 2021-22 hunting seasons.