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Oregon dove season runs through September

By Chuck Giles
9/23/11 -- In Oregon, dove season runs the entire month of September. To hunt, you will need a valid Oregon hunting license and a free Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation. Many doves will leave the state at the first sign of fall weather, so the best hunting is usually early in the season. Cool and rainy days are not good for dove hunting.

Besides state and federal wildlife areas and other public lands, many private lands are open to public hunting, thanks to special Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) programs. Remember, you are responsible for knowing boundaries and regulations for your hunting area and you must get permission to hunt on private lands.

Most wildlife areas and refuges require hunters use and possess only federally approved non-toxic shot. Look for doves around agricultural areas where cereal grains like wheat are being grown. Most doves prefer to stay away from forested areas and high elevations. Good numbers of birds can be found in the west and southern sections of the state, but the majorities of doves are observed in the Columbia Basin and northern Malheur County.

Pre-season scouting is critical for a successful dove hunt. As mentioned above, look around fields where grain is grown. Burned areas are another good spot to scout because the birds find it easier to spot seeds. Doves also perch on fences, trees and power lines. If you consistently have seen perching birds, hunt there.

These grey rockets travel along natural features like fence rows, edges of tree lines and small bluffs or rims. Take up a position near any of these to hunt. Doves also need to drink, of course. Look for water holes, drying ponds, stock tanks and gravel bars in river systems. Focus on these areas particularly if there is feed in the vicinity. Use decoys only in areas you are sure there are birds. This is another reason to pre-scout.

Any shotgun will suffice, but 12 and 20 gauges are the most popular. Use number 8 or 7-1/2 shot. Needless to say, follow all safety rules when hunting:

Keep your firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
Wear blaze orange clothing.

This is one of the most challenging and enjoyable types of hunting, so get out and use your hunting rights.

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Apply for Nevada Big Game tags by Monday

By Don Quilici
04/18/15 -- This is a final reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2015 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep... Full Story

Turkey Season So Far

John Higley posing with his tom decoy and the turkey who was taken in.
Articles and photos by John Higley
04/15/15 -- I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me the opening day of spring turkey season was about as good as it gets. As I’ve done for the last few years, I hunted on family property near Whitmore where there are always a few turkeys living... Full Story

CWA to celebrate 70th anniversary

04/13/15 -- This year marks CWA's 70th anniversary! Members are being invited to celebrate this event at CWA’s 2015 State Convention in downtown Sacramento on August 21-22. There is something for everyone, including... Full Story

Oregon turkey hunting starts April 15

04/12/15 -- The sight and sound of a turkey’s mating display is enough to quicken the pulse of even the most experienced hunter -- and makes calling in a spring tom as exciting as calling in a bull elk. So don’t miss Oregon’s spring turkey hunt... Full Story

RMEF salutes Purple Heart recipient Zeigler

04/12/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation offers its sincere gratitude and congratulations to Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler of Rochester, Minn. Accompanied by wife Jessica and son Liam, Zeigler received a Purple Heart... Full Story

CWA lobbies for birds/hunters in D.C.

04/11/15 -- California Waterfowl staff recently met with Members of California's Congressional delegation, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington D.C. on a variety of waterfowl and hunting... Full Story

SportDOG becomes CWA corporate partner

04/11/15 -- California Waterfowl is proud to announce SportDOG has signed on to become its latest Corporate Partner. SportDOG produces a broad line of superior electronic dog training products. Their slogan is "Gear the Way... Full Story

Dream big game hunt raffle tickets on sale

Ray Wurdinger, winner of 2014 bighorn sheep raffle tag. Photo courtesy of CDFW
04/10/15 -- Some people spend thousands of dollars at auctions for the chance to hunt a trophy animal anywhere they want in Oregon. But it could cost you less than five bucks. Raffle tickets for one of 12 Oregon special big game... Full Story

Youth-only turkey season starts Saturday

Single hen walking among the trees, photo by Jason Haley, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photo by Jason Haley
04/10/15 -- “They’re not very smart, ya know,” a young bank teller told me yesterday, after asking what I’d be doing this weekend. Hmm…what does that make me? I haven’t taken a bird since 2009 when my Pop called in a big gobbler... Full Story

Help wanted: OHA Field Administrator

04/09/15 -- The Oregon Hunters Association is looking for an outstanding individual to fill some big boots soon to be left behind by its current Field Administrator Ty Stubblefield, who has accepted a position as Chapter Coordinator... Full Story

Want to hunt deer/pigs in Merced County?

04/08/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, Aug. 8-9, in Zone A for the general season... Full Story

2015 CA Jr. Duck Stamp winners announced

04/01/15 -- Artwork from 2,423 school-aged waterfowl artists throughout the state was judged during the 25th Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge... Full Story

2015 Big Game Digest now online

03/31/15 -- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has posted the 2015 Big Game Digest to its website. The popular guide includes season, quota and harvest information for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn... Full Story

​CDFW’s plan for deer up for review

Photo of deer in the misty woods, photo by CDFW
03/24/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed its draft Deer Conservation and Management Plan, which is now available for public comment and review. CDFW is proposing to develop 10 large-scale...  Full Story

Spring turkey season opens Mar. 28

Wild turkey photo courtesy of CADFW
03/21/15 -- California’s 2015 general spring wild turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 28 and extends through May 3, with the archery season extending through May 17. Hunters who have a current junior hunting... Full Story

Improvements coming for OR elk habitat

03/20/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has awarded grants to fund 20 conservation projects that will improve more than 23,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the state of Oregon. The grants total $279,733 and directly... Full Story

More bills to watch in legislature -- water

03/17/15 -- The 2015 Session of the California State Legislature is finally nearing full speed. This Gaines & Associates “Special Report” will provide you with all you need to know regarding the positive bills we are working on... Full Story

More bills to watch in legislature -- horns

Special Report by Bill Gaines, Gaines & Associates
03/16/15 -- The 2015 Session of the California State Legislature is finally nearing full speed. This Gaines & Associates “Special Report” will provide you with all you need to know regarding the positive bills we are working... Full Story

Bills to watch in CA legislature -- hunting

Special Report by Bill Gaines, Gaines & Associates
03/15/15 -- The 2015 Session of the California State Legislature is finally nearing full speed. This Gaines & Associates “Special Report” will provide you with all you need to know regarding the positive bills we are working ... Full Story

Hog Wild

Bill and Gerry Adelman posing with Gerry's hog, photo by Bill Adelman
By Bill Adelman
03/02/15 -- Pig in a poke.. When pigs fly.. In a pigs eye.. Pig latin.. Fat as a pig.. Lipstick on a pig.. Sweating like a pig! Where did all of these attributions to the imported hog begin? Why did they catch on? Why are they... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

RMEF to CBD: Stick to the facts

02/05/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is calling on the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to stick to the facts when making presumptions about wildlife populations. CBD recently claimed that Idaho’s wolf... Full Story

Modoc 4-H’ers earn spot on shooting team

Modoc 4-H Club members Grady Ingraham, Mavrick Farnam and Paden Smith will represent California at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska in June. Photos courtesy of Ingraham, Farnam and Smith families, respectfully
02/05/15 -- Modoc County 4-H members will be aiming for top honors at the 2015 National Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska this June. Three 4-H’ers from Modoc County qualified to represent California... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

Federal Duck Stamp to cost $25

  The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was Jennifer Miller of Olean, NY, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks.  Photo courtesy of USFWS
12/12/14 -- Hunters will be paying another $10 a year to hunt waterfowl starting next year. The cost of the Federal Duck Stamp will go from $15 to $25. The increase is the first cost jump since 1991. Many hunters and organizations... Full Story

Modoc Big Buck honors shared

Sheriff Mike Poindexter of Alturas bagged this beautiful X2 4X4 - 30 inch Buck. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Poindexter
By Lorissa Soriano
12/09/14 -- John Dederick the Mayor of Alturas and yours truly of Alturas, tied for first place to win the Grand Prize for the “Biggest Overall Buck” in the 2014 Modoc Big Buck Contest.
This popular event was sponsored by the Modoc Outdoor... Full Story

C Zone Blacktail

By Dusty Clement
10/03/14 -- This hunt started last year when I discovered an out-of-the-way public piece of property which is very difficult to access taking a boat and a fair amount of hiking through the Sacramento River jungle to reach... Full Story

Vintage Waterfowler

old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
By Don E. Webster
09/16/14 --Having been pursuing waterfowl for over 60 years, I was exposed to its history as a mere child by my grandfather, Wilbur S. Pechin. He hunted ducks and geese along the Platte River in Nebraska in the late 19th... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Back to the Start

heritage, history of hunting, hunting as a family, Jason Haley, Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta
Article and photos by Jason Haley
10/18/13 -- I got tipped-off about a bachelor group of bucks from an archer I trust. That never hurts. And after spending opening day in the area, glimpsing two good bucks and seeing how the terrain lays out, I knew exactly... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Me and my shadow

Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, MyOutdoorBuddy.com Article and photos by Jean Bilodeaux
10/06/12 -- It’s always amazing to see the huge bucks reappear in the fields in Surprise Valley right after deer season. Many times locals breathe a sigh of relief as the big bucks that disappeared a month earlier now reappear... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story

 

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