Category Archives: Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Central Oregon antler-shed hunting season postponed by snow

Hunters are giving deer, elk, space Lisa Husaby was jogging with her dog, a French Brittany, when it ducked into a snowy juniper forest north of Bend. Moments later, the dog popped out, cradling a 7-pound, three-point deer-antler shed between its teeth. Nelli, who finds about three or four sheds a year, trotted the rest […]
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Steelhead have arrived, but getting to them is difficult

A snowy winter combined with more than a week of rain and warm weather have blown out local rivers just when steelhead fishing should be at its peak. Before area waters rose sharply, the Wallowa River had been hitting full swing for steelhead, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Source: Steelhead have […]
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Oregon Zoo gets my goat by ignoring Elkhorns

I don’t wish to malign the fine people who run the Oregon Zoo in Portland, but their recent press release about a mountain goat that has arrived on the premises demands a gentle admonition. I have no objection to mountain goats being confined in a zoo, to be clear. Source: Oregon Zoo gets my goat […]
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Oregon commission eases stance on Columbia gill-netting, hoping Washington will budge too

“Beatings will continue until morale improves.” An old military saw of unknown origin applies to Friday’s unanimous (staged?) decision by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to take a couple steps back from its earlier hard line against managing Columbia River fisheries with Washington. Source: Oregon commission eases stance on Columbia gill-netting, hoping Washington will […]
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Oregon opts to keep gill-nets off spring and summer runs

Officials left the door open for alternative, safer fishing gears in the mainstem, including the limited use of tanglenets. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission backed off its Columbia River standoff with Washington when it met Friday in Corvallis. But just enough, commissioners hoped, to prompt negotiation with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to […]
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ODFW offers 8 free fishing days in 2017

Families in Oregon will get the chance to introduce their kids to fishing for free this year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the dates of the free fishing days, the first two being April 22 and 23, when anglers can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag […]
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Hatchery’s fate not crystal clear

But the Army Corps of Engineers says that trout production levels will remain unchanged this year Rainbow trout production levels will remain unchanged, but the fate of the Leaburg Hatchery still is uncertain. Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland district shared the news with representatives of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife […]
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Labrador killed by cyanide device in Idaho, boy knocked to the ground

A three-year-old Labrador retriever died and a 14-year boy was knocked to the ground when a cyanide device deployed by the federal government exploded in Pocatello, Idaho. The Idaho State Journal reported the boy, who had been on a walk with his dog Thursday on a ridge near their home, watched his dog die. Source: […]
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County gets wolf update

Baker County Commissioners heard an update on Oregon’s wolf management plan Wednesday and discussed the animals predation on cattle. Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Baker City office, told commissioners that the state is now in Phase 3, the final phase, in its wolf management plan. Source: […]
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Hatchery’s fate not crystal clear

But the Army Corps of Engineers says that trout production levels will remain unchanged this year Rainbow trout production levels will remain unchanged, but the fate of the Leaburg Hatchery still is uncertain. Source: Hatchery’s fate not crystal clear | Local | Eugene, Oregon