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Some districts are reporting an early berry crop so it might be good year to get out early. Hunters have until September 30 to purchase a fall bear tag.
Gray whales are migrating and we are hearing reports of many sightings in Depoe Bay. The Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Center is a good place to check out.
Now is the time for archers and rifle hunters to begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods, August 27 is not far away. Hunters should be spending this next two months locating the elk and deer herds. Besides, it’s a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.
Pheasant hunting workshops and a number of other classes have been added to www.odfwcalendar.com Most classes have a size limit so sign up now!
Just are minder that razor clamming is closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head July 15-September 30. This is an annual closure to reduce disturbance of young razor clams.
These handy little gizmos are an effective release tool anglers can use to help rebuild and extend bottom-fishing opportunities on the coast. Available at tackle shops up and down the coast, descenders help bottom fish get back to depths of 100 ft. or more--which keeps them from dying from “the bends” at the surface. Here is a short video showing how to use them.
Also just a reminder that bottom fishing closed July 15 beyond the 20-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish populations.
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.