Salem, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff want to talk to hunters and anglers at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show about trying something new. While Oregon is well known for its iconic salmon, trout and big game sport opportunities there are many other chances to get outdoors and have some fun.
Anglers may discover a new species of fish to target or a new waterbody to visit. Displays and information will help interested sportsmen and women get started in steelhead and bass fishing. Illustrated flyers include information on license requirements, a list of Oregon’s top waters, fishing methods, equipment, fish cleaning tips and, even, recipes.
Novice hunters and families may decide to try their hand at rabbit or other small game hunting after learning about regulations and equipment. Rabbit hunters do not need a tag or stamp, just a valid hunting license. Literature with detailed information on scouting, cleaning and cooking rabbits make it easy.
Bird hunting in Oregon is a great way to see the country and cement friendships. Unlike many big game hunts that are limited-entry and require early application and tag pick-up by a certain deadline, almost all bird hunts are managed through general seasons. Anyone with a valid hunting license can purchase the stamps and validations necessary to bird hunt anytime prior to hunting. Tips and techniques for dove hunting, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting will benefit beginning and experienced hunters alike.
“The Sportsmen’s Show is a great place to get together and talk about the variety of opportunities for hunting and fishing in Oregon. This year, we hope people will get interested in exploring some different fisheries or consider getting started in hunting,” said Rick Hargrave ODFW Information and Education Division deputy director. “For hunters and anglers willing to take advantage of the opportunities, there’s something in season every day of the year.”
To learn more, stop by the ODFW booth in Hall B. Attendees will be able to buy 2009 fishing and hunting licenses; try the new mandatory online hunter harvest reporting system; get a demonstration of the online Hunting Access Map; and talk to ODFW staff about all of their hunting and fishing interests.
The show begins a five-day run Feb. 4 at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland. For more information, visit the 34th Annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show website.
For a preview of the information that will be available at the show, visit the ODFW website and read a copy of Steelhead Fishing in Oregon: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/index.asp