Oregon Hunting News

Adult Salmon, Steelhead Will be Released Above Round Butte Dam, Oregon

This fall adult salmon and steelhead could migrate and spawn in the upper Deschutes, Metolius, and Crooked river basins for the first time in more than 50 years under a one-year strategy recently developed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and others.

Oregon Sports Pac Winners Announced: Next Drawing is For Hunters that Apply by March 15

A lucky 49 Oregon hunters won a 2013 Sports Pacs (a $164.75 value) and one Californian won a 2013 Non-Resident Hunting License ($140.40 value) because they applied early for their 2012 fall big game controlled hunts. The 50 hunters were drawn from a pool of 13,887 people that applied by Jan. 31, 2012.

Fifty more 2013 Sports Pacs or Non-Resident Hunting Licenses will be given away over two additional drawings. To be eligible, hunters must:

Oregon Anglers Who Turn in Tags Could Win Drift Boat, Other Prizes

Anglers who turn in their 2011 combined angling tag before May 18, 2012 could win one of 100 outdoor products, including a complete drift boat package.

ODFW is sponsoring the promotion to try to increase the number of returned tags. Currently, the department estimates, only 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific halibut.

“We get a lot of important harvest information from harvest tags,” said John Seabourne, operations manager for the ODFW Fish Division.

Oregon Spring Bear Hunt Applications Due Feb. 10

Applications for controlled spring bear hunting are due by Feb. 10, 2012.

Report Hunt Results By the Jan. 31 Deadline for Chance to Win Special Tags in Oregon

Hunters need to report the results of most big game and turkey hunts by Jan. 31, 2012. Hunters should complete a report for each and every deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased, even if they didn’t fill their tag or go hunting. The participation and harvest rate information is critical for setting tags and seasons.

Some Oregon Wildlife Areas Close Feb. 1 to Protect Big Game

State and BLM lands on Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area in Grant County will be closed to all public access from Feb. 1-April 14, 2012 and in future years. The winter closure began last year and is a cooperative effort meant to protect wintering mule deer as part of the Mule Deer Initiative, an effort to restore mule deer populations which have declined in Oregon and across the West.

Oregon's Youth Spring Turkey Hunt is April 7-9, 2012

This year’s youth spring turkey season will be April 7, 8 and 9, 2012 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). The season dates are misprinted in the current 2011-12 Oregon Game Bird Regulations (page 15).

Chance to Win Sports Pac: Apply Early for Oregon Controlled Hunt

Apply for a fall big game controlled hunt by Jan. 31, 2012 and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of 50 2013 Sports Pacs (a $164.75 value).

For the third year, ODFW is awarding a total of 100 Sports Pacs among the pool of hunters that apply for and are issued a fall big game controlled hunt application before April 15. While residents receive a Sports Pac, non-residents selected in the drawing will win a hunting license (a $140.50 value).

Oregon Elk River Anglers: Please Take Online Parking Lot Survey

Elk River anglers are asked to take a short online survey for Elk River Hatchery parking lot improvements. ODFW plans to upgrade the parking lot and boat launch access road in the future.

In partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board, ODFW is asking anglers for input on two designs for parking lot improvements at the Elk River hatchery boating access site. To better understand anglers’ needs, the survey requests basic information such as boat and tow vehicle type, whether anglers use a shuttle service, parking accommodations and use of the facility.

A Lone Wolf Travels Toward California

Recent news accounts have reported that a gray wolf has been wandering in southern Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) this animal is a 2 ½ year old male formerly from a pack in northeast Oregon. Since the animal has been collared with a Global Positioning System (GPS) device that periodically transmits its location, biologists have been able to document its travels since early September. Based on the GPS data, he is now more than 300 miles from where his journey began.