ODFW Recreation Report


Deer and elk hunting
Most rifle deer hunting closes today (Oct. 11) in eastern Oregon but continues in western Oregon. Remember Cascade units are closed for Cascade Elk season running Oct. 14-20. Conditions for big game hunting are improving with the rain. See reports below or the Big Game Hunting Forecast for what to expect. 

Western Oregon waterfowl opens Oct. 14, fall turkey on Oct. 15
Saturday is a big day for duck hunters as season opens in Zone 1. General fall turkey seasons open in Western Oregon Oct. 15. NE fall turkey tags are sold out.

Fall salmon season continues
We’re in the peak of the fall salmon season in Oregon. Whether it’s the Oregon coast, Columbia River or inland waters, anglers will find salmon on the move.

It’s a great time for trout fishing
Some of the best trout fishing of the year can happen during the cool fall months. Trout are eating heavily in anticipation of a cold winter, fewer anglers are out as the school year and football season begins, and cool, clear days are a chance to wear your favorite fishing sweater.

Fishing, archery events coming up
ODFW has several great events coming up including family fishing in Gresham Oct. 21, steelhead workshops at North Santiam Recreation Area on Oct. 21 and Troutdale Nov. 5 and 11 and an all ages archery competition in Junction City on Oct. 28. Sign up now. 

Crabbing is good along the coast
Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast and has been good both in the ocean and in the bays, with some limits showing up at the docks.

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