No, this isn’t the latest reality TV craze. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today that the wolf pack they’ve been tracking east of Joseph in Wallowa County, called the Imnaha Wolf Pack, have added at least four new pups to their pack. Motion-activated trail cameras caught footage of the four new pups and six adult wolves, including the alpha female. Four pups is a bit low compared to the average pup litter size of five, but ODFW officials say there may be more pups the cameras didn’t catch.
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Calling all Oregon anglers – free fishing weekend is here! Because the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is just so darn cool, this weekend they’ve invited novice and experienced anglers alike to enjoy license- and tag-free fishing in Southern and Central Oregon.
Free Fishing Weekend, June 12, is an attempt to expose children and inexperienced anglers to the joys of fishing, according to an ODFW press release. Each event features knowledgeable volunteers and loaner rods and reels. While license and tag fees and requirements have been waived, all other angling restrictions apply.
Oregon and Washington just adopted spring Chinook salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers yesterday during a joint state hearing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).
The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 470,000 returning upriver spring Chinook, said ODFW. As a conservative measure, the two states decided to adopt a 40 percent buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 17,200 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. Similarly, the sturgeon seasons are based on a recreational harvest guideline of 19,200 fish, including 3,600 in the Willamette.
I mentioned yesterday the value of shopping online this holiday season. Finding the right gift for your outdoorsman can sometimes be difficult in conventional malls and department stores, which is why the Internet poses such a valuable alternative. For instance, yesterday, I noted how Coast offers a variety of hunting and fishing equipment including reliable LED products and quality knives. Today, however, I was reminded of another perfectly suitable gift for the hunter or fisherman in your life that can be found online as well: a license. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), hunting and fishing licenses for 2010 go on sale December 1, giving you plenty of time to make your purchase without setting a foot inside those busy stores.
For $55, you can get a new Juvenile Resident Sports Pac that allows 12 to 17 year olds to fish, hunt, crab and clam all year long. Adult anglers and hunters can get the same experiences with an Adult Sports Pac for $164.75. And senior citizens can get a fishing license for $15 and a hunting license for $13.75. Additionally, raffle tickets start at $4.50 for any hunter who wants an extra chance to hunt big game during an extended season and in an expanded hunt area.
Saturday, October 3, deer hunting seasons in Oregon opened. Last year, more than 150,000 hunters combined to participate in western and eastern Oregon deer hunting seasons.
According to an ODFW press release, the pond will be stocked with 1,200 legal size rainbow trout and 1,000 larger trout. Additionally, the department will also supply fishing gear including rods, reels, bait, tackle, and fish bags for use by young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and offer assistance to less experienced anglers.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting 14 pheasant hunts for youth (17 and under) during the month of September. Additionally, youth 15 and under have the opportunity to participate in a youth-only waterfowl hunt September 26-27 (before the official opening of waterfowl season in October). All the hunts will include a review of safe hunting practices and most will offer the chance to practice shotgun skills prior to going hunting.
In order to participate in the bird hunts, youth must have passed a certified hunter education class and must be accompanied by an adult (21 and older) who may not hunt during the event. Participants are encouraged to bring their own hunting gear, however, extra blaze orange clothing and eye protection will be available at all events.
Anglers, salmon season on the Columbia River is here! And with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) predicting a generous number of returning coho and chinook salmon, there’s no better time to fish.
A staggering 700,000 coho salmon are expected to return this fall as well as 500,000 chinook salmon. If estimates are correct, this will be the largest coho return since 2001.