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Poachers kill two pronghorn, leave two others mortally wounded in thrill kill

  CRANE, Ore. —Poachers left two pronghorn antelope dead and two more to suffer on the night of Jan. 16 in a thrill kill near the eastern Oregon town of Crane. OSP Fish and Wildlife Division would like to hear from anyone who saw unusual activity on Hwy 78 near milepost …

ODFW says report deer and elk tags by Jan. 31st or face $25 penalty

SALEM, Ore.—Big game hunters who purchased or were issued a deer or elk tag in 2021 must report their hunt by Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT (for any hunt that ended by Dec. 31, 2021). Report online at ODFW’s Licensing system or at a license sale agent. Failure to report by …

ODFW offering $47,736 for information about Catherine wolf pack poisoning

  SALEM, Ore.—Non-profit groups have combined efforts to pledge nearly $50,000 in rewards for information that leads to an arrest or citation related to the poisoning of Oregon’s Catherine wolf pack and other wolves earlier this year. Members of the public have also contributed over $1,000 to the fund, and …

Mule deer buck poached west of Bend Oregon, Authorities seek witnesses

  BEND, Ore. — A mule deer buck was poached on Monday, Nov. 16 in the Bend area of central Oregon. OSP Troopers ask for the public’s assistance in finding the truck that drove away with the dead deer in the back. A citizen reported seeing the animal in the back …

$6,150 reward for information about recent wolf poaching in Baker County

  SALEM, Ore.—The reward now stands at $6,150 for information about a wolf poaching incident in Baker County on or around Sept 24. The reward includes $300 or five hunter preference points offered through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) program if the information leads to a citation in the case. …

Oregon Hunting Season Kicks Off October 3rd.

  SALEM, Ore.— Oregon’s largest hunting season (any legal weapon deer) begins Saturday, Oct. 3, with general season hunting in Western Oregon and controlled deer hunting in Eastern Oregon. Last year, 105,481 hunters participated in these seasons. Hunters, remember to pick up your deer tag no later than Friday Oct. 2, …

$3,500 reward for information on a bighorn sheep poached at Wenaha wildlife area

  TROY, Ore.— The reward now stands at $3,500 for information leading to a citation or arrest in the case of a bighorn sheep poached at Wenaha Wildlife Area in late January. The Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) would like the perpetrators brought to justice. Yamhill, Josephine, Bend, Umpqua, and Rogue …

Oregon Commission votes to establish Conservation and Recreation Committee

  ONTARIO, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved rules establishing the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee and rules guiding expenditures from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund. The 2019 Oregon State Legislature passed HB 2829 to create this Fund to conserve and protect Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and their …

Free Oregon pheasant hunts for youth hunters around the state in September

  SALEM, Ore.—Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September. The events are being held in Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Portland/Sauvie Island, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). New this …

South Willamette Valley landowners with turkey damage sought for pilot project

    SALEM, Ore.—Are you a landowner in the southern Willamette Valley (Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion and Polk Counties) experiencing damage from turkeys? If you are outside city limits and would consider allowing hunting on your property, ODFW wants to talk with you. The department is working on a pilot …