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July 26, 2016

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Bear season opens Aug. 1

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 whale sightings

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.

Wildlife pre-scouting

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.

Check for new classes

Pheasant hunting workshops and a number of other classes have been added to Most classes have a size limit so sign up now!

Razor clamming closed from Columbia River to Tillamook Head

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.

Consider using a rockfish descender

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.

Oregon’s 23 Wildlife Areas are great destinations for bird-lovers

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.

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