ODFW wildlife biologists offer a look at the habitat conditions and hunting outlook for the upcoming season.
Oregon crabbing is a year-round activity that can almost always yield a successful trip. Crabbing trips require minimal gear, often available for rent in coastal towns, and while boat crabbing increases your likelihood for success, dockside crabbing is easy and very accessible. Before crabbing, be aware of crab regulations. Knowledge of where, when, and how to crab will increase your chances for success. Learn where to crab
For the 2022-23 Oregon game bird seasons, hunters will find strong upland bird population across the state, with some exceptions. Duck hunters will find a mixed bag when it comes to local duck populations and habitat conditions.
Find the 2021-22 weekly statistics for waterfowl and upland game birds at Klamath Wildlife Area.
Find the weekly statistics for waterfowl and upland game birds at Summer Lake Wildlife Area.
The south coast area extends along the Oregon coast from Yachats south to the Oregon-California border. The area offers some of the most productive and scenic warmwater fishing in the state with excellent fishing for bass and panfish available in large waters such as Mercer Lake, Siltcoos Lake, and Tahkenitch Lake.
Find maps, boundary descriptions and the percent public land for the Beulah Unit.
Myrtle Point Gun Club and ODFW Coquille Wildlife Area
Planning your 2021-22 Sauvie Island hunt? Check the weekly Hunt Reports (video), Eastside reservation summaries, and daily harvest summaries to see where the successful hunters have been shooting.
The north Willamette area includes the Columbia River from Bonneville downstream to St. Helens and the lower Willamette Basin north of Salem. The Columbia and Willamette both offer outstanding warmwater fishing for bass and a variety of panfish including crappie. Good fishing is also available in the area's lakes and reservoirs such as Henry Hagg Lake which has produced state record smallmouth bass and brown bullhead catfish.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, the Rogue-South Coast Steelhead Validation is required for all winter steelhead anglers fishing in the Rogue Basin or on the south coast from Dec. 1 to April 30. (In the initial year, the season is Jan. 1 to Apr. 30, 2023.) In addition, a new harvest tag is required to keep wild winter steelhead in this area. Visit e-regulations
One of ODFW’s newest wildlife areas, the Minam River WA harbors a wide variety of fish, wildlife and their habitats. Anglers can enjoy trout and mountain whitefish fishing, hunters can target deer and elk; hikers can follow the Minam River Trail to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Many boat trips launch from the confluence of the Minam and Wallowa rivers, and the nearby Minam Store offers guide services, gear, supplies and some local history.
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Cougars currently occupy most of the available cougar habitat in the state and are expanding into lower quality habitats that include human habitation. At the same time, urban areas are expanding into cougar habitat due to population growth and development. Follow these tips to stay safe in cougar country.
The south Willamette area covers the upper Willamette Basin south of Salem and includes the communities of Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Fishing for bass and panfish can be outstanding in the Willamette River and its many sloughs, but you'll need a boat for most locations because much of the banks are privately-owned. There also is good warmwater fishing in the area’s larger lakes such as Cottage Grove, Dorena, Foster, and Fern Ridge reservoirs, where crappie and large bass attract both seasoned and causal anglers. There are many smaller ponds inside and near the urban communities that offer
An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has caused the death of many wild and domestic birds in Oregon. Here’s what hunters and others need to know about the disease.
This list features some of the best performing videos of the year and takes viewers to unique parts of Oregon where biologists work to protect fish, wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.
ODFW manages 20 wildlife areas across the state, each with a unique blend of fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. Remember, you'll need a Wildlife Area Parking Permit for your visit. See the map and listing below to find the wildlife area nearest you.