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September 20, 2016

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Duck Hunt
Greg Angstrom and his father Rich enjoying the September Youth Waterfowl Hunt on the Lower Columbia River.
-Photo by James Houk-

Youth waterfowl season Sept. 24-25

This weekend is the youth-only waterfowl season statewide.  New this year, kids age 16 and 17 can hunt (previously age 15 was the cutoff). Remember an adult 21 years of age or older must come along and can’t hunt. All wildlife areas are open for youth waterfowl day but other public lands may not be so check with the land manager. More info in the regulations.

Last weekend to archery hunt

The general deer and elk archery season ends Sept. 25. Rains helped improve hunting conditions in some areas but don’t forget to check fire restrictions. See ODF’s Fire Restrictions Page for more information.

Practice waterfowl hunting Oct. 1 and 2 in Gervais

Run through a few common hunting scenarios and shoot at clays at this event co-hosted by ODFW, Mid-Valley Clays and Cabela’s. More info

Trophy trout fishing returns!

Trophy trout fishing back! This week ODFW will release 900 “trophy trout” in Fish Lake. Fish Lake is a beautiful lake located within the Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon about 35 miles northeast of Medford. More than 1,500 trophy trout are also being released at these North Coast lakes: Cape Meares, Coffenbury, Lost (in Clatsop County), Sunset, and Town. ODFW’s “trophy trout” are rainbows weighing an average of two pounds apiece, making them excellent fishing fish and table fare.

Fall Chinook salmon season is now in full swing

Fall Chinook salmon season is in full swing in many parts of the state. The Columbia is open from the mouth to the Oregon/Washington border, with a strong run projection of 860,300 Chinook salmon bound for the upper reaches. Check the Columbia River Zone section of the Weekly Recreation Report to track where the fish are being caught from week to week. Other places reporting good Chinook fishing lately include the lower Chetco, lower Rogue, and Tillamook Bay.

Western Oregon fee pheasant hunts at Fern Ridge, Sauvie Island, Denman

ODFW stocks pheasants for these hunts, which run Sept. 19-Oct. 7 at Denman, Sept. 12-Oct. 9 at Fern Ridge, Sept. 19-Oct. 2 at Sauvie Island in the Eastside Unit, and Oct. 1-31 at EE Wilson.

2016 Big Game and Bird Hunting Forecasts

Find out what to expect as district wildlife biologists weigh in from around the state on the status of game populations and good locations for hunters.

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