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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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General deer seasons to open in CA

Beautiful buck lying in the dry grass, photo courtesy of CDFW
09/03/15 -- As the Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 general deer hunting season openers approach, hunters across the state are gearing up to head out in search of deer in many of the most popular hunting areas. Deer seasons are already under... Full Story

Bucks and Bulls Contest underway banner at Annual Bucks and Bulls, Photo by Jason Haley
By Jason Haley
09/03/15 -- The 4th Annual Bucks and Bulls contest is open right now at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Medford. This season-long event brings hunters and trophies together from all over the region and state. There will be awards for... Full Story

OSP needs help in Douglas poaching case

elk poaching, Oregon elk hunting, State Police investigation, hall of shame
09/02/15 -- The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is seeking the public's assistance with an ongoing investigation in southern Oregon, On August 29, 2015, Oregon State Troopers from the Roseburg Area Command... Full Story

Fundraising tags available to Nonprofits

09/01/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is inviting nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2016-17 season. Proceeds from the sales of these... Full Story

Non-lead Ammo required on CDFW lands

08/26/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters that non-lead ammunition is required when hunting on CDFW properties for the upcoming hunting seasons. Lead ammunition may still be used on... Full Story

ODFW: Bow hunting to start Aug. 29

08/26/15 -- Despite a flurry of internet rumors claiming otherwise, Oregon’s statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 29 but ODFW is advising hunters to “know before you go!”... Full Story

First dove season opener is Tuesday

Mourning dove, photo courtesy of CDFW
08/26/15 -- The first of two opening days of California’s dove hunting season is fast approaching. This year’s season for mourning dove, white-winged dove, spotted dove and ringed turtle dove will run from Tuesday, Sept. 1 through... Full Story

Sportsmen a Big Part of Healthy Wildlife

A deer in the wild with Papillomavirus infection
08/24/15 -- You may have heard the story. Sportsmen help wildlife because excise taxes on shooting equipment and license and tag fees predominately fund conservation efforts. Sportsmen and wildlife watchers also spend a lot of time in... Full Story

Popular hunting areas subject of talks

08/24/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting Saturday, Sept. 19 in Los Banos regarding the Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas. CDFW will take comments and... Full Story

Elk habitat protected, expanded in Montana

Whitetail Prairie, Montana photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Elk
08/18/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has worked with a conservation-minded family and a group of partners to permanently protect and conserve 2,810 acres of elk habitat in the Big Belt Mountains of west-central Montana... Full Story

Trespassing -- No Need To!

Garmin Montana 600 with a picture of actual spot and hunt spot in the S. Wagontire Unit. I did the computer download and on a blank sd card on this Montana. I like the software and google earth on my computer to review spots and new spots, then send out the gpx file waypoints) to the hunters.
By Frank Biggs
08/15/15 -- Recently there was a great article written in Oregon Hunters Magazine about Trespassing and Trespassing laws in Oregon. How many people know that there could be restitution of up to $6250.00 for... Full Story

B&C hunting, cooking books win awards

Hunting cookbooks, Photo courtesy of the Boone & Crocket Club
08/14/15 -- Two books by the Boone and Crockett Club continue to collect national recognition for excellence in publishing, beating out competitors from all genres. Boone and Crockett Club's Complete Guide to Hunting... Full Story

ODFW offers family & gal pheasant hunts

Portlander Vickie Valdez with the pheasant she took at an ODFW workshop. She had never even held a firearm before she took the class.Photo courtesy of ODFW
08/12/15 -- Portlander Vickie Valdez had never shot a gun before when she decided she wanted to learn how to hunt. She chose an ODFW pheasant hunting workshop to get started—and went home with a pheasant... Full Story

Oregon man slammed for poaching elk

08/11/15 -- On August 5th, 2015, an Enterprise area man was sentenced in Wallowa County, Oregon Circuit Court following a July 23, 2015, conviction for Taking Elk without a Valid Elk Tag and Criminal Trespass... Full Story

OSP F&W seeks help in poaching case

08/11/15 -- On Monday, August 3, 2015, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded to a complaint of a wasted game mammal on Forest Service Road 1133 off of Quartzville Road, which is located northeast of... Full Story

Waterfowl regs set for 2015-2016 season

Ducks and geese at Gray Lodge. CDFW photo by Lori Deiter.
08/10/15 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2015-16 waterfowl hunting regulations on Aug. 5. The season length for brant in the Northern Brant and Balance of State Brant special management... Full Story

CA FG&C votes to ban bobcat trapping

08/06/15 -- The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to ban bobcat trapping statewide. Commission President Jack Baylis and Commissioners Anthony Williams and Eric Sklar voted in favor of a statewide ban.. Full Story

ODFW offers free youth pheasant hunts

Boy, girl and dog pheasant hunting, photo courtesy of ODFW
07/23/15 -- Registration is now open for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts for youth (age 17 and under) happening around the state in September. The events are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, John Day... Full Story

More RMEF grants to help Idaho elk

07/16/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $211,400 in grants that will fund more than a dozen habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in the state of Idaho.The grants will directly benefit... Full Story

RMEF: Watch for #ProjectElk Documentary

07/14/15 -- A one-hour television documentary titled #PROJECTELK will help North America continue an on-going dialogue about the benefits of hunting and its positive impact on conservation. Produced by Jason Matzinger and presented... Full Story

Oregon Sleeper State for Pronghorns

A very good Pronghorn in the South Wagontire hunt unit in Oregon
By Frank Biggs
06/30/15 -- With time in the field, knowledge comes! No one comes out knowing everything about hunting but over the years I have absorbed a great deal of knowledge about hunting Pronghorn that roam the high plains and arid lands... Full Story

How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe,
06/17/15 -- The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) intends to find out. A study launching in 2015 will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional... Full Story

RMEF: 2015 Elk Camp registration opens

06/12/15 -- Full registration is now open and available online for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 31st Elk Camp national convention set to take place Dec. 3-6, 2015, at The Mirage in Las Vegas. “Elk Camp always generates a buzz of... Full Story

Non-lead ammunition requirement coming

05/17/15 -- Starting July 1 non-lead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters... 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

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

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,
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, 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.
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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