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August 23, 2016

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Elk Hunt

Looking for elk on Saddle Mt.
-Photo by Ken Sofich -

General archery seasons open Saturday, Aug. 27 – Regulation changes

There are bag limit changes for elk bowhunters in several units this year. Bowhunters in the early general bow season can no longer take an antlerless elk in Saddle Mt, Wilson and Scappoose. For 2016, the bag limit is one bull in Scappoose and Wilson and one 3 pt+ bull only in Saddle Mt. In the Minam and Desolation units, general season bow elk hunters have a bag limit of one elk this year (formerly bull only). Finally, lighted arrow nocks are now allowed for bowhunters. Lighted nocks increase visibility of an arrow and make it easier to follow an arrow’s flight and retrieve it.

Know before you go – Check fire restrictions

Hunting seasons are open but there are use restrictions and some private lands may be closed to access during fire season. Check See ODF’s Fire Restrictions Page for more information and the latest Corporate Closure List for private land information. Check with the land manager (US Forest Service, BLM, ODF) for public lands information.

Buoy 10 salmon season ramping up at mouth of the Columbia

The world famous Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River is under way, with an estimated 960,200 fall Chinook and 322,600 coho expected to return to the Columbia River this fall. Anglers are already out in force, with hundreds of boats taking to the water out of Astoria every day in pursuit of these prized Northwest fish. If past years are any indication, the fishing should only get better and better as the season progresses into September.

Double your fun with a second fishing rod

If you’re planning to get in on one of Oregon’s famous fall salmon seasons on the Oregon coast you might want to consider doubling your fun by adding a second rod to your equipment list this year. ODFW fishery managers approved most coastal streams and bays along the coast for the use of a second rod through Oct. 31. Some coastal bays are already fishing well and reporting larger fall Chinook this year. (Note: The two-rod validation does not include the Columbia River.)

Sign up now for free youth pheasant hunts or family pheasant hunts

ODFW will host a variety of pheasant hunts this year, including 11 free youth hunts at locations around the state in September and three hunts for families at locations in Portland and Corvallis. See for more information and to register.

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