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Emerald Valley Armory celebrates one year in new location

For local gun enthusiasts, Emerald Valley Armory has been a staple in the Creswell community since it was founded by Raye Gunter in late 2011. One year ago, on March 20, 2018, Gunter relocated to 147...

 

Winter weakens, spring kills: Late snow creates tough conditions for big game

In January, deer and elk in Oregon were in good body condition, and it looked like another mild winter for the state. Then came February. "We got two feet of snow in 24 hours here in central Oregon...

 

Outdoors Notes

Turkey hunting workshop Just in time for spring turkey season, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a turkey hunting workshop for adult participants (age 18 and older) on Saturday, April...

 

Public feedback needed for Cougar Dam assessment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a draft environmental assessment for downstream fish passage at Cougar Dam. The report will evaluate alternatives for the Corps' proposed...

 

Snow Recap

Storm helps state recover on snow, streamflows The shortest month of the year delivered record-breaking snowfall across the state, dramatically improving Oregon's summer water supply outlook. The...

 
 By Kym Pokorny    Outdoors    March 7, 2019

Educate yourself before using organic pesticides

Reaching for a pesticide - even an organic one - should be a thoughtful act: Nothing used to kill pests is risk-free.  The first question to ask is if pesticides are really needed at all is by... Full story

 

Spring bear hunt draw results now available

The spring bear hunt draw results are now available. Login at the MyODFW.com licensing page and look under Recreational Portfolio / Controlled Hunts to view results, or call Oregon Department of Fish...

 

Oregon cougar management: Looking back to be more effective looking ahead

The fatal cougar attack on a hiker in the Mount Hood National Forest last year was a tragic thing. Evidence evaluation indicated the cougar was a female in good health. Is this a surprise? Not really....

 

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...

 

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