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Oregon Fish and Wildlife
If you’re into bird-watching, check out one of Oregon’s 23 state-owned Wildlife Areas which are teaming with bird species this time of year. Wildlife staff are seeing pelicans, cormorants, sandhill cranes, sandpipers and other shorebirds, raptors, osprey, turkey vultures, and you name it – a long and colorful list. So pick your area, get out the binoculars and a picnic lunch and head to a Wildlife Area and prepare to be amazed. Don’t forget to buy a Wildlife Area parking pass, and thank you for observing wildlife from a distance and not trampling or driving over habitat.
Controlled hunt results are in! If you applied for a controlled hunt, you can now check to see if you got your hunt. Hunters should go to www.odfw.com and click on "My Hunter Info" in top left corner. Make sure and have your Hunter/Angler ID# ready. If you did not draw a controlled hunt tag, take heart: surplus tags will be sold at ODFW license outlets starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1.
Lots of albacore tuna are being caught 20 to 30 miles west of Coos Bay. If that isn’t enough ocean fun, orcas were recently spotted out of Charleston and in Yaquina Bay. Last week people were seeing gray whales; this week it’s humpbacks. It’s always a good time to visit the Oregon coast but summer is the best.
With elevated temperatures around come reports from around the state from fish biologists who’ve made note of some improvement in warmwater fisheries largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and perch, in every corner of the state. These fish are known for becoming more active during warmer weather making them excellent fare this time of year.
Deer fawns and other young animals are being born in the wild. Remember to not pick them up or disturb them, even if they are alone. More info
These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events