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.
More Hunting News
ODFW: Fish for trout throughout the year03/05/15 -- Did you know you can fish for trout, somewhere in Oregon, 365 days a year? This time of year, fishing for last year’s holdover trout can be excellent. And early trout stocking has begun in some west-side zones... Full Story
CDFW offers pig hunt clinic in April
Special Jr. Turkey Hunt set for SRNWR03/04/15 -- Excitement is in the air for a special junior turkey hunt event that will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. The Sacramento NWR Complex... Full Story
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
77 wolves, 26 pups, 8 packs in Oregon02/28/15 -- Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 6 in Salem to be briefed on the 2014 Annual Wolf Report. The meeting at ODFW Headquarters (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem), begins at 8 a.m... Full Story
ODFW: Get ready to hunt this spring!02/25/15 -- ODFW has openings in several hunter education classes coming up in late February and March. “Spring is a great time to take hunter education,” says James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator... Full Story
CDFW clarifies use of ‘unplugged’ shotguns
Chad Shearer returns to Medford Feb. 26
02/23/15 -- World Champion elk caller and popular outdoor guide, Chad Schearer will be visiting Medford again this year at the Harvest Baptist Temple for dinner and a seminar. Chad is an accomplished outdoorsman and was co-host... Full Story
CDFW offers 1-day NorCal turkey clinic
Nashville -- Tom Hunter's Busman's Holiday
02/22/15 -- "You went where to do what?” So quizzed a friend when I mentioned that I just got home from Nashville where I attended the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual Convention and Sports Show for the fourth... Full Story
Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie
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
Hey Turkey, You're on Camera
02/12/15 -- After our June in January break in the weather it’s a very good thing to have some more rain. We’re still not out of the drought woods as yet, but things are looking far better right now than they did last November... Full Story
SHARE spring turkey hunts offered02/08/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering spring turkey hunts in Yolo and Santa Barbara counties through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program... Full Story
CWA sets up waterfowl foundation02/07/15 -- California Waterfowl has taken an important step and recently created the California Waterfowl Foundation, a new entity whose sole purpose is to support CWA. Why does CWA need something like this when it has... Full Story
Spring turkey hunts offered in N. CA02/07/15 -- California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now accepting applications for spring turkey hunts in northern California. Several opportunities will be offered at the following locations: Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Spenceville Wildlife... Full Story
RMEF to CBD: Stick to the facts02/05/15 -- 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
158 trophy racks displayed in Medford
02/05/15 -- An amazing 158 trophy buck and bull racks were on display on Saturday, January 31 at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Medford for the conclusion of the 2015 Bucks and Bulls contest. Action started at 9 a.m. and continued until... Full Story
What to do in Modoc in winter?
02/04/15 -- So what else is there to do in Modoc after big game, waterfowl and upland game bird seasons are over? Fishing is generally slow this time of year. Grounds are usually frozen, so there aren’t any squirrels as of yet popping... Full Story
DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute01/19/15 -- 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
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
California Waterfowl fundraising events12/20/14 -- California Waterfowl (CWA) supports and hosts a wide variety of events every month, such as banquets, camps, clean-ups, clinics, competitions, festivals, junior hunts, and shoots. You are encouraged to... Full Story
Federal Duck Stamp to cost $25
Modoc Big Buck honors shared
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 BlacktailBy 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
Don’t forget waterfowl hunt regs!By Frank Galusha
09/19/19 -- As usual, our waterfowl hunting regulations are complex and the dates are hard to remember. Be safe and carry a regulation booklet with you at all times. Or print out the regulations directly from the CA... Full Story
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
Feral pig hunting to start on the SRNWR08/19/14 -- Beginning September 1, 2014, the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (SRNWR) will allow feral pig hunting in authorized areas. This decision will improve consistency of the refuge hunt plan... Full Story
The buck we didn’t get and two we did
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?
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
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
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
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 shadowArticle 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
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