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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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Feral pig hunting to start on the SRNWR

08/19/14 -- 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

ODFW permit filing wins OR man a rifle

Matt Bauder of Canby (left) receives a new Savage .17 HMR rifle from Matt Keenan, ODFW Access and Habitat Program Coordinator, at the Gun Broker in Clackamas
08/18/14 -- It pays to be a conscientious hunter. Matt Bauder can attest to that. He was awarded a brand new Savage .17 HMR rifle for completing a permit designed to help ODFW better manage private hunting lands... Full Story

CWA comments on BDCP

08/17/14 -- In late July, California Waterfowl submitted comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The BDCP is the Habitat Conservation Plan that would provide Endangered Species Act permits for building... Full Story

Duck calling championship at Kittles

By Chuck Giles
08/15/14 -- Northern California outdoorsmen are in for a world class treat at the California Duck Calling Championships on August 23, 24 at Colusa Memorial Park right across the street from the event’s sponsor... Full Story

Kids get their shot at pheasants

Duanne Dungannon photo, bow with shotgun and retriever with duck
By Tyler Dungannon
08/14/14 --  [Story printed with permission from OHA] Young Oregon hunters can take advantage of extraordinary opportunities to enjoy a day or two of pheasant hunting in September, perhaps even with a guide... Full Story

​Kruger Farms/CWA free duck hunt raffle

08/14/14 -- Less Than a Month to go! Kruger Farms and California Waterfowl are offering a FREE duck hunt for two at Kruger Farms Gear Testing farm in western Minnesota during the 2014-15 season! Airfare, lodging, meals... Full Story

Anti-hunting bill still on CA assembly floor

08/12/14 -- SB 53 is currently on the assembly floor where it could be brought up for a vote any day. If you care about the future of hunting and shooting, please contact your assembly and senate representative... 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

CA waterfowl/dove hunting regs approved

08/07/14 -- California Waterfowl reports the waterfowl and dove hunting regulations for the 2014-15 hunting season have been approved by the California Fish and Game Commission – and overall the situation looks good... Full Story

Oregon Antelope Outlook

lone antelope lying in field, photo by Tyler Dungannon
By Tyler Dungannon
08/06/14 -- Antelope face some dry conditions on the range this year in southeast Oregon. When antelope endure drought, they tend to cluster together, which may make hunting difficult. According to ODFW biologists... Full Story

Oregon bird/fish regs on governor’s desk

08/05/14 -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved a $357 million budget proposal for the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the 2015-17 biennium that includes a combination of program cuts... Full Story

Help OSP solve Douglas Co. poaching case

07/31/14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person(s) responsible for killing three deer and leaving them to waste in Douglas County, July 18-24, 2014... Full Story

Enter Big R Big Buck Contest now

Numerous Big Game Mounts. Photo taken at Daniken’s Taxidermy in Gold Hills, Oregon, by Jason Haley
07/30/14 -- Pre-Registration is open now for the Top of Form43rd Annual “Big Buck,” “Lucky Buck,” or “No Buck” Contest at the Big R stores in White City, Klamath Falls and Redmond. Bow hunters’ last day to register is August... Full Story

​A-Zone opener great for Alturas archer!

Dan Ryan of Alturas bagged this nice 3x3 buck
Article by Lorissa Soriano
07/29/14 -- Dan Ryan of Alturas and one of his good hunting buddies,"JP,” of El Dorado Hills, bagged these nice bucks during the season opener of A-zone archery. This was a great way to kick off the 2014 archery deer... Full Story

CDFW waterfowl hunting clinic in Redding

07/27/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program and California Waterfowl Association are sponsoring a waterfowl hunting clinic in Redding on Saturday, Sept. 20... Full Story

​CDFW SHARE program offers hunts

07/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program will be providing public access for big game and upland game hunts this fall. Hunters with... Full Story

Sauna Weather Hog

John Higley, author, kneeling at edge of muddy water hole looking for wild pig tracks. San Luis Obispo County.
By John Higley
07/13/14 -- I killed my first wild pig, a toothy, spotted boar in 1965. It was on a hunt with hounds in San Luis Obispo County with guide Eldon Bergman. I’ve never forgotten the commotion when we got close enough... Full Story

Oregon program takes disabled youths afield

Ashley Jensen in wheel chair in front of blind used when she hunts.
By Jason Haley
07/06/14 -- It began decades ago with a prayer and a broken-winged raven, struggling to move across the beach in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. As former pastor, Ken Coreson watched this scene play out: seagulls... Full Story

ODFW: Get controlled hunt draw online

06/20/14 -- Hunters who applied for a 2014 fall controlled hunt can find out now if they drew the tag through the Hunting Resources section of ODFW’s website or by calling 503-947-6102 or 800-708-1782. Calls made... Full Story

CDFW offers Upland Game Hunting Clinic

06/18/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education will offer an upland game hunting clinic on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hasting Island Hunting Preserve, near Rio Vista... Full Story

CWA Beginner Hunter Camps starting soon

05/21/14 -- Starting in June, California Waterfowl (CWA) will be hosting beginning hunter camps for all ages and abilities. If you know of someone who is interested in getting into hunting, encourage them to attend... Full Story

John M. Browning

By Don E. Webster
02/05/14 -- One has to wonder how differently the history of not only America, but the entire world would have been if John Moses Browning (January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926) had not been born... 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

Stay sharp for when the shot counts

Daisy Pellet Rifle, Powerline 1000S
By Jesse Bible
12/01/13 -- I would like to share a method for honing shooting skills. Here in Northern California, the odds are that you will be taking a close shot at a deer that has more than likely seen you first. Once you have determined... 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

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

Francisco Garcia, Outdoorman's Diary, bad hunting story 08/28/12 -- 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

The Mudhen King

Mid-Eighties. I’m writing screenplays. They invite me down to Hollywood, and things look promising, but they want the horse in my story to be green. By that, I mean they actually want a green horse. Green in color. Don’t laugh... Full Story

 

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