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Outdoor recreational activity participation cuts healthcare costs by millions

Oregonian's participation in outdoor recreation activities saves the state $1.4 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to a report released recently by the Oregon Parks and Recreation...

 

Bills address Oregon gun owners

A total of 1,467 bills were filed in advance of the 2019 Oregon Legislative session, and several focus on gun ownership rights. The Legislative session began on Monday, Jan. 21. Below is a small sample of some of the House and Senate bills Oregon...

 

Whale watching week returns Dec. 27-31 as whales migrate past Oregon coast

Gray whales are on the move south again this December, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating the migration with the annual Whale Watching Week Dec. 27 through 31....

 

OHA increases reward in moose poaching case

The Oregon Hunters Association's Emerald Valley Chapter has pledged $500 toward the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a rare bull moose poached in Oregon's Wallowa County, bri...

 

Save Hunter/Angler ID#, get ready to verify accounts: New ODFW Electronic Licensing System to launch Dec. 1

Get ready for the launch of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's new modernized licensing system on Dec. 1-hang onto the 2018 hunting or fishing license, or take a photo of it to make verification...

 

Elk River anglers: radio-tagged fish must be released unharmed

Elk River anglers are reminded to release unharmed any radio-tagged fall chinook salmon caught. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a research project tagging up to 100 hatchery and...

 

Turn in poachers – get big game preference points

A new program will provide big game preference points in lieu of a cash reward to people who turn in poachers. The program builds on the long standing Turn in Poachers Program (TIP), a successful coll...

 

ODFW ends cougar capture operations: DNA extraction "highly probable" cougar killed last week killed Diana Bober

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is ending cougar capture operations in Zigzag because all available evidence shows the cougar killed Sept. 14 is the one responsible for the state's first fatal...

 

Inflatable kayaks and equipment reported missing at Dexter Lake

On Monday, Sept. 10, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Portland district fish biologists discovered three inflatable kayaks and other associated equipment missing from the parking lot at the Corps'...

 

New treaty ensures sustainable management of region's iconic fish

The parties of the Pacific Salmon Treaty have agreed on new coastwide salmon fishing agreements. The Pacific Salmon Commission is comprised of representatives from Canada, the states of Oregon,...

 

Fern Ridge Reservoir water levels to decrease

The Portland District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to increase releases from Fern Ridge Reservoir on Monday, Sept. 10. Outflows from the dam will gradually increase from about 60 to 300 cubic...

 

Volunteers needed for 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day by planting trees and shrubs at Cottage Grove Reservoir, south of Eugene, on...

 

OSP requesting public's assistance; elk poaching case near Reedsport

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of a bull elk in Douglas County. On the evening of Aug. 31, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded...

 

Successful forest grouse, mountain quail hunters asked to donate wings, tails for research

State wildlife biologists asked successful hunters to donate a wing and tail for research. The season for both forest grouse is Sept. 1, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019 statewide. Mountain quail season is...

 

2018 Big Game Preview

Hard winters often play havoc with big game herds, making forage harder to find and causing deer and elk to be more vulnerable to predators as they are forced to struggle through deep snow. For that...

 

Take a friend hunting in 2018 – Enter to win a prize!

Take a friend new to the sport out hunting this year-there might be a prize involved. ODFW launched its second Take a Friend Hunting contest on Aug. 1. Hunters who take someone new to the sport out...

 

Handle fish with care during hot summer weather

As temperatures rise, fish (especially coldwater species like trout) feel the heat, too. Anglers can do their part to reduce the stress fish are under. This is especially important when fishing in...

 

Beginner bow hunting tips

There are a few steps that can be taken to improve beginner bow hunter skills. The first is to practice by taking time to shoot at least a few quivers of arrows a week, every week, year around....

 

Fishing gear for kids

When a kid is learning to fish, it is best to avoid using an adult tackle. Instead, by using the best quality kid's gear available, the design is usually better equipped for their hands and is more...

 

Always be ready to go camping

You can always be ready to go camping if you stay prepared. Grab three large plastic storage bins from a local store. Keep air mattresses, pumps, pillows and tarps in one bin. In the second bin, pack...

 

Tournament for all ages near Corvallis on August 4th

ODFW will host the second annual Scholastic 3-D Archery Triple Crown archery tournament Aug. 4 at the Archery Park, EE Wilson Wildlife Area (2955 Camp Adair Road, Monmouth). The competition is open... Full story

 

Oregon state seasonal park ranger assistant arrested

On July 14, 2018, the Lane County Sheriff's Office received a report that an adult male allegedly had inappropriate contact with a juvenile female while she was at a local park with her family and a... Full story

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers address public comments for Detroit Dam Fish Passage Project

The Corps have completed its analysis of the public's comments regarding the Corps' proposed plan to provide downstream fish passage, including temperature control, at Detroit Dam and Lake. The... Full story

 

Portion of coast opens for razor clamming

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced that a portion of the coast has opened for razor clamming as domoic acid levels have fallen... Full story

 

Some Western Oregon fires rekindling after dry winter and spring

Some of last summer's fires in western Oregon have shown light smoke or small hotspots recently after a dry spring and low snowpack this winter. Hotspots are not uncommon in heavy fuels, like logs...

 

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