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May 3, 2016

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Here come the whales!

May and June are great times to view migrating gray whales off the Oregon coast. Some gray whales make their way up to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, while others are part-time residents and stay off the Oregon coast from June until November. Quite a few gray whales were spotted last week in the nearshore waters off of Brookings and Port Orford. The best time to view whales is on calm days – as stormy weather tends to make viewing challenging. Look for whales as they surface to blow air, and occasionally flip their talks above the water. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

Premium Hunts

Apply for a controlled hunt by Sunday, May 15

Beat the long lines that happen right before the deadline and apply now—online, at a license sales agent or by mail or fax order. Don’t forget to put in for Oregon’s new Premium Hunts. Note the deadline falls on a Sunday this year and ODFW offices aren’t open on weekends.

Fly fishing workshop coming up  

Learn to fly fish May 14 at the beautiful Fall River Hatchery in Bend.

Learn to razor clam this weekend at Fort Stevens State Park

Join us Saturday or Sunday morning (at 7 a.m., low tide is at 9 a.m.) at Fort Stevens State Park (parking lot near Peter Iredale) to learn how to find razor clams. This will not be a formal workshop but an informal chance to borrow ODFW equipment and learn how to find, clean and prepare razor clams. Equipment will be lent out on a first-come, first serve basis. Participants will need to make their own plans for lunch. Participants will also need to have a shellfish license and containers to transport any razor clams home.

Spring turkey hunting continues

Season continues thru May 31. Birds may be wary now, but hunting pressure has also declined. We’re already seeing lots of success stories, see tips and outlook for this season at the Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast and in district reports below.

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year

These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

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