Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey
by CDFW, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) are seeking volunteers to assist biologists with a sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains on March 3 and 4, 2018 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday). No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on...
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States set 2018 Columbia River spring Chinook seasons
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Columbia River

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing. The lower Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season will take place from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, April 7 from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock, plus bank angling from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. Above Bonneville Dam, the recreational Chinook season...
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At its Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting...
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Small Game Hunting Restrictions
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Question: What is the reasoning for not allowing small game (squirrel and rabbit) hunting in the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge units? The California squirrel hunting map indicates that the entire north state is an open squirrel zone and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website does not say anything about not being able to hunt these areas. There...
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ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with a meadow restoration project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Feb. 24. The restoration will happen in the Potato Patch Meadow Complex, where conifers are encroaching on grassland habitat and reducing quality habitat for Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer and upland game birds. Volunteers will remove smaller encroaching trees and saplings and crate slash...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Best bets for fishing Mid-February is when winter steelhead fishing really starts picking up on the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. So if you haven’t been out yet, this would be a good weekend to start. Fly-fishers will want to catch the mid-afternoon hatches on the Fall, Crooked and Metolius rivers. This time of year, nymph fishing on the lower Deschutes River can be...
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