Oregon Hunting News

Oregon Releases Bighorn Sheep at Two Locations

ODFW released California bighorn sheep at two new locations this month, Cottonwood Canyon State Park and near the John Day Fossil Beds.

Cottonwood Canyon is a new state park in the John Day River Canyon scheduled to open in 2013. While there are a few bighorn sheep in the park’s southern edge, this month’s operation was the first time sheep have been released at the park.

Oregon FWC Supports Park Fees at State Wildlife Areas

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission indicated support for an expanded parking fee program at state wildlife areas, but asked ODFW staff to make some minor adjustments to the rule language before making a final decision at its next meeting.

ODFW staff had proposed a three-year rollout of a plan to expand the parking fee currently in place at Sauvie Island to include other popular wildlife areas.

Oregon's General Hunting Season Opens Oct. 2nd

The peak of Oregon's hunting season begins next month, and ODFW reminds hunters that playing it safe is the first step to a successful hunt.

"Hunting is a very safe sport and enjoyable experience as long as hunters take some basic safety precautions," said James Reed, ODFW statewide hunter education coordinator.

"All hunting and firearm incidents can be avoided if some basic hunter safety rules are followed," Reed added.

Oregon Fall Hunting Outlook Available

ODFW released its fall hunting forecast. Based on surveys by staff biologists, the report offers hunters a good look at what to expect this fall.

Oregon Biologists Asking Black-tail Deer Hunters to Submit Tooth from Deer

ODFW biologists are asking black-tailed deer bowhunters to send the department a tooth from the animal they harvest. ODFW staff uses the teeth to determine the age of the animals, which is used in population modeling efforts.

Accurate population estimation is a key goal of the Black-Tailed Deer Management Plan which was adopted in 2008 by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to strategically manage black-tailed deer populations consistent with available habitat and other land uses.

Oregon Working to Help Columbian White-Tailed Deer

In an effort to bolster the endangered Columbia River population of white-tailed deer, agency biologists relocated eight deer from Douglas County, Oregon to the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge in Cathlamet, Washington. The deer were captured, disease tested, transported, collared and released in March 2010.

After three months, six of the eight deer are accounted for and Paul Meyers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist for the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge, is pleased with the result.

Oregon Launches Improved Version of Hunting Map
A new and improved version of Oregon's Hunting Map is now available online.
Hunters Win Prizes for Applying Early in Oregon
Twenty hunters won either a free 2011 Sports Pac or a Non-Resident Hunting License because they applied early for their 2010 fall big game controlled hunts.
Oregon Spring Speaker Series Starts With Wolves and Moose
Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about gray wolves and Shiras moose in Oregon as it kicks off its Spring Speaker Series with a free presentation by state wildlife biologists on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Portland.
Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches
Is a beach an ashtray? It may be surprising, but cigarette butts were the most common item found on the world's beaches at the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup.