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August
 
August 6, 2020 Application period begins for Oregon fishing businesses seeking relief for COVID-19 impacts; Sept. 8 is deadline to apply
August 4, 2020 ODFW’s Williamson River Boat Ramp to Close Temporarily
 
July
 
July 31, 2020 Commission meets virtually Aug. 6-7 to adopt 2021 Sport Fishing Regulations, including rules regarding Columbia River thermal angling sanctuaries
July 30, 2020 Meet Buck, Oregon’s only anti-poaching K-9
July 28, 2020 ODFW Fish Screening Task Force to meet virtually Aug. 5
July 23, 2020 ODFW will not propose expanded bear hunting in the lower Rogue River
July 22, 2020 Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee announces new fundraising campaign and first round of expenditures from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund
July 17, 2020 Troopers seek public’s assistance in solving poaching cases in Columbia County
July 17, 2020 Public meetings on 2021 sport bottomfish and halibut, commercial halibut seasons
July 17, 2020 Rogue-South Coast fish plan stakeholder teams meet virtually
July 16, 2020 ODFW and OR-FNAWS to host online workshop for bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat hunters on July 18
July 16, 2020 Two changes to recreational bottomfishing rules begin July 20
July 15, 2020 Columbia River summer salmon, steelhead fishing on through end of July
July 15, 2020 Vandalism leads to reduced services at Lorens Drift access site on Trask River
July 14, 2020 ODFW announces Columbia River recreational Pacific halibut openings
July 14, 2020 Use of bait and spearfishing for smallmouth bass temporarily allowed on Coquille River system
July 10, 2020 Fish and Wildlife Commission takes historic action by adopting a Climate and Ocean Change Policy
July 10, 2020 Disease surveillance program finds state's first case of Pseudorabies in feral pig in Central Oregon
July 9, 2020 Volunteers can help improve wildlife habitat in eastern Jackson County
July 8, 2020 More summer Chinook fishing on the Columbia River July 9-15
July 7, 2020 Razor clamming closed on Clatsop beaches July 15-Sept. 30
July 2, 2020 Clackamas River closes to spring Chinook retention July 4
July 2, 2020 Commission meets online July 10: Register in advance to testify
July 1, 2020 New group purchase feature makes it easier to buy licenses for family and friends
July 1, 2020 Medford, Ashland residents warned of aggressive deer in area: Leash dogs and don’t feed wildlife
 
June
 
June 30, 2020 Summer Chinook fishing opens on the Columbia River July 4
June 30, 2020 Game Bird Hunting Regulations now available: Expanded mountain quail and turkey hunting; new Veteran and Military Waterfowl Hunt Day
June 25, 2020 Big game regulations review continues: ODFW seeks input on potential Eastern Oregon archery, Cascade elk season changes
June 25, 2020 Leftover tags on sale July 1, 10 a.m. online: New for 2020, leftover tags are not available as additional tags
June 23, 2020 Columbia River sockeye/steelhead fishery closes effective Thursday, June 25
June 23, 2020 Merchant pleads guilty to illegal selling of shark fin in Portland market
June 23, 2020 ODFW announces two openings added to Central Coast spring all-depth halibut
June 19, 2020 Rogue-South Coast fish plan stakeholder teams meet virtually
June 18, 2020 CARES Act fund spending plan topic of June 24 online public meeting
June 17, 2020 ODFW Fish Passage Task Force will meet virtually June 26 (via Skype)
June 16, 2020 Lower Willamette River sturgeon retention allowed next two Saturdays in June
June 12, 2020 Commission adopts furbearer regulations and directs further look at beaver management
June 11, 2020 ODFW enacts temporary changes to harvest of wild fall-run Chinook salmon in many coastal rivers
June 10, 2020 Size and harvest limits for game fish temporarily lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir
June 9, 2020 Diamond Lake anglers can help improve fishery
June 8, 2020 States decline to set June retention sturgeon fishery on lower Columbia River
June 5, 2020 Commission meets virtually June 11-12
June 5, 2020 ODFW not proceeding with Sandy River regulation proposal
June 5, 2020 Hunter education classes resume June 13 with safety measures
June 5, 2020 Central Coast all-depth halibut adds sixth opening
June 3, 2020 Free Fishing Weekend June 6-7: No special events this year, but it’s still free to fish
June 3, 2020 “Hatchery Hole” at Cole Rivers Hatchery closed to all angling - Emergency regulation begins today
June 2, 2020 ODFW photo contest focuses on Oregon coast
June 1, 2020 ODFW seeks comment on fish passage waiver - Bowman Dam
 
May
 
May 29, 2020 Razor clam opening on central coast
May 29, 2020 Don’t kidnap young wildlife
May 28, 2020 Rogue-South Coast fish plan stakeholder teams meet virtually
May 27, 2020 ODFW seeks comment on an ODOT fish passage waiver and an exemption request
May 26, 2020 ODFW Fish Screening Task Force to meet virtually June 5
May 22, 2020 ODFW seeks comment on fish passage waiver in Columbia County
May 22, 2020 Let turtles cross the road; nesting habitat is key to their survival
May 22, 2020 Big game raffle tickets available online until May 30
Drawing to be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.
May 21, 2020 States close Columbia River spring Chinook season
May 21, 2020 Federal grant, hunting/wildlife conservation groups help fund wildlife underpass on Hwy 97 near Gilchrist
May 20, 2020 Some wildlife areas reopen to overnight camping today (May 20)
May 19, 2020 Crabbing reopens to non-residents on May 20 along most of Oregon coast
Ocean areas north of Cape Falcon, Columbia River remain closed to non-residents
May 18, 2020 Oregon men charged with poaching 27 big game animals
May 18, 2020 States set 2020 summer and fall salmon seasons
May 14, 2020 Nearly $16 million in CARES Act funding to be made available to Oregon’s marine-related and coastal fishery businesses impacted by COVID-19
May 13, 2020 States give Columbia River salmon anglers four more days
May 13, 2020 Ashland residents and visitors reminded to secure food, be bear aware
May 11, 2020 OHRC Board to meet virtually on May 14
May 11, 2020 Bear injures man near Creswell; victim treated and released from hospital
Bear matching description killed yesterday by wildlife managers
May 8, 2020 ODFW proposing to expand fishing from a boat on the Sandy River
May 7, 2020 Central Coast all-depth halibut opens May 21
May 5, 2020 Controlled hunt deadline remains May 15: Guidance for hunters during the pandemic
May 1, 2020 Oregon reopens Columbia River salmon/steelhead fishing
May 1, 2020 Non-residents can fish and hunt in Oregon again beginning May 5
Clamming/crabbing remains closed to non-residents; new non-resident refund policy announced
May 1, 2020 Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee to host virtual meeting May 5
 
April
 
April 29, 2020 Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board to meet by teleconference on May 8
April 29, 2020 Temporary flow increase on Crooked River to test benefits for spring Chinook and steelhead
April 27, 2020 Santiam basin remains closed to retention of native steelhead
April 27, 2020 Wild Chinook bag on Siletz River reduced to one fish from May 1 to July 31
April 24, 2020 ODFW announces updates on Pacific halibut sportfishing season openings
April 24, 2020 Be on the lookout for nesting birds: Springtime is hatching time
April 23, 2020 Rogue-South Coast fish plan stakeholder teams meet virtually
April 20, 2020 Spring Chinook season opens in Hells Canyon on April 25
April 15, 2020 Oregon has at least 158 wolves; Annual Wolf Report released
April 15, 2020 Communities pitch in to offer $10,000 reward for information on poached bighorn ram
April 14, 2020 Fall tags reduced for some deer, elk hunts in eastern Oregon
April 10, 2020 Commission meets via Skype on Friday April 17; Watch via YouTube livestream
April 9, 2020 Oregon closes recreational hunting and fishing to non-residents to limit travel amid COVID-19 restrictions
April 8, 2020 ODFW hosts virtual public meeting on commercial market squid fishery
April 8, 2020 Oregon extends Columbia River salmon/steelhead closure
April 7, 2020 Elk hoof disease confirmed for first time in Douglas County
April 7, 2020 Bait ban, sturgeon fishing closure take effect April 16 on Gilbert River
April 6, 2020 Ladd Marsh Bird Festival cancelled due to COVID-19
April 6, 2020 Boaters still required to stop at aquatic invasive species inspection stations
April 6, 2020 ODFW outdoor education events cancelled through May 31
April 6, 2020 ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet by teleconference on April 10
April 3, 2020 Continued fishing and hunting depends on social distancing: ODFW staff monitoring fishing locations
April 3, 2020 ODFW seeks applicants for positions on statewide, regional Access and Habitat program boards
 
March
 
March 30, 2020 Continued fishing and hunting depends on social distancing: ODFW staff monitoring fishing locations
March 30, 2020 $3,500 reward for information on bighorn ram poached at wildlife area
March 30, 2020 No spring Chinook fishing, steelhead fishing also closing April 16 on Umatilla River
March 26, 2020 Spring bear tag sale deadline extended until Friday, May 1
March 25, 2020 Oregon joins Washington in closing Columbia River fisheries
March 25, 2020 Two hunts cancelled due to disease outbreak in bighorn sheep
March 25, 2020 April 10 deadline for Willamette Valley landowners to apply for WWMP funding
March 24, 2020 Public meeting on thermal angling sanctuaries in Columbia River moves online
March 20, 2020 ODFW offices limit public access as precaution against COVID-19; Staff remain available by phone and email; some check-in requirements waived
March 19, 2020 Big game tag auctions rescheduled and now bid-by-phone due to COVID-19
March 17, 2020 ODFW fish hatcheries to close to visitors as precaution against COVID-19
March 16, 2020 Recreational razor clamming closes on central coast
March 13, 2020 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting cancelled for March 20; other ODFW events postponed
March 13, 2020 ODFW cancels educational classes and workshops until April 13
March 13, 2020 North Powder Pond Access Road to be Improved
March 10, 2020 Fishery managers seek input on potential Thermal Angling Sanctuaries at several mid-Columbia tributary mouths
March 10, 2020 Learn to hunt turkey before spring season opens April 15; Register now for youth, adult hunting workshops
March 10, 2020 C2 Cattle Ranch Youth Turkey Hunt Drawing Now Open
March 9, 2020 Sturgeon season closes March 11 in John Day Pool
March 5, 2020 Spring Chinook season April 15-June 30 on Hood River
March 4, 2020 Cougar killed in The Dalles after livestock losses
March 4, 2020 Five deer hunts in Blue Mountains cancelled due to disease outbreak in fall 2019
 
February
 
February 28, 2020 Recreational razor clamming open from the Columbia River to the Siuslaw River
February 26, 2020 ODFW seeks nominees to represent Oregon on Pacific fisheries council – Apply by March 6
February 21, 2020 ODFW Fish Passage Task Force meets in Salem Feb. 28
February 20, 2020 Spring bear draw results are now available – Get your tag by March 31
February 19, 2020 States set 2020 Columbia River spring Chinook seasons
February 19, 2020 Statewide archery tournament for students March 7 in Albany: Register for NASP® tournament until Feb. 29
February 18, 2020 Rogue-South Coast fish plan stakeholder teams meet in Gold Beach, Central Point
February 14, 2020 Washington, Oregon agree on allocations for 2020 Columbia River salmon fisheries
February 13, 2020 Free fishing in Oregon on President’s Day weekend Feb. 15-16
February 12, 2020 Trask Hatchery closure continues while construction proceeds
February 12, 2020 Wizard Falls hatchery grounds temporarily close for maintenance
February 11, 2020 Sturgeon seasons to close in Bonneville, The Dalles pools
February 7, 2020 Spring bear hunt applications due by Feb. 10
February 7, 2020 Commission amends falconry program rules and hears update on sturgeon
February 6, 2020 ODFW considering next five-year framework for upland bird hunting seasons
February 5, 2020 Hunters invited to share opinions on big game hunting via online forum
February 4, 2020 Gov. Brown appoints members to Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee
 
January 2020
 
January 31, 2020 ODFW monitoring cougar activity in The Dalles
January 31, 2020 Commissioners meet Feb. 7 in Portland - Meet and Greet Feb. 6 at Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show
January 31, 2020 Land acquisition permanently protects habitat for federally endangered butterfly
January 31, 2020 Sign up now for a hunter education class or field day
January 30, 2020 ODFW seeks comment on ODOT fish passage exemption request
January 29, 2020 Public meeting Feb. 12 in Newport on Central Oregon Coast recreational spring all-depth halibut season
January 24, 2020 ODFW seeks comment on fish passage waiver and exemption requests
January 23, 2020 ODFW seeks candidate to represent ocean fishing interests
January 17, 2020 Commission denies petition to prohibit wild winter steelhead retention in the SW Zone
January 17, 2020 Recreational razor clamming opens on North Coast
January 17, 2020 Artists: 2021 wildlife art competitions announced
January 15, 2020 Mainstem Umpqua spring Chinook anglers can only retain hatchery fish
January 15, 2020 Report hunt results by Jan. 31 – Avoid the $25 penalty for not reporting on deer and elk tags
January 14, 2020 White-tailed deer die-off in Blue Mountains due to EHD
January 10, 2020 Commission meets Jan. 17 in Salem
January 9, 2020 Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board to meet in Salem Jan. 16-17
January 7, 2020 Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund Event in Bend on Jan. 10
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