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September 27, 2016

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Mule deer buck taken opening morning of the 2015 rifle season in Wallowa County.
-Photo by Matthew Snyder-

Rifle deer seasons opens Oct. 1

Oregon’s most popular hunting season opens statewide Oct. 1. Don’t forget to pick up your tag by Sept. 30. Forecast rain could make it a good opener in some areas; see the reports below for more information. Don’t forget to check Fire Restrictions Page as it’s still dry out there.

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

Bear, cougar tag sale deadline Friday Sept. 30

Don’t forget to pick up your bear or cougar tag by the deadline.

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.

Turkey tags on sale now

Remember all eastern Oregon hunting besides the White River controlled hunt changes to first-come, first-serve this year with 500 tags available in the Blue Mountain hunt and 450 for the Northeast hunt. Season dates are Oct. 8-Nov. 30 and on private lands only from Dec. 1-31.

Western Oregon has 4,000 fall turkey tags available, season open Oct. 15-Dec. 31.

Hunters can get up to two fall turkey tags, but only one of those for the eastern Oregon hunts. Bag limit is either sex.

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