Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Recreation Report

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ODFW Recreation Report
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Highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:

Youth turkey clinics at Denman and White River wildlife areas, April 6
Wild turkey hunting can be a great way to introduce your child to hunting—not to mention it’s a lot of fun! At these clinics, kids will spend the day learning turkey hunting skills and techniques: scouting, turkey biology, use a turkey call, turkey habitat, and camouflage. They’ll also have a chance to practice their shotgun and archery skills.
Learn more and register.

Apply for a premium hunt
ODFW’s Premium Hunts give any hunter a chance to draw an additional deer, elk or pronghorn tag with a months-long season. There’s no preference point advantage, and you can apply again even if you’ve drawn before. Tag application deadline is May 15 (sound familiar?).

Learn more and apply.

Best bets for weekend fishing
Winter conditions throughout much of the state will make fishing conditions tough. But for the hardy angler, there are options:
Winter steelhead are still being caught on the Siletz every day, and if the weather warms up fishing should improve.
The lower Alsea is in good shape for drift boats and winter steelhead fishing has been fair.
Both the North and South Umpqua should be in shape for some weekend fishing, and there should be good numbers of winter steelhead around.
We’ve gotten recent reports of some good days of steelhead fishing on the Smith River.
Ice fishing access to Phillips, Pilcher and Wolf Creek reservoirs is good (though 4×4 vehicles are recommended). So is fishing.
Waterbodies scheduled to be stocked in the Willamette Zone this week include Row River Nature Park Pond (aka Cottage Grove Pond) Walter Wirth Lake, Walling pond, Dorena Reservoir, Sheridan Pond, EE Wilson Pond, and Alton Baker Canal.
Find more details about all the weekend opportunities in the zone reports.

Apply now for your 2019 big game tags

Yes, the tag application deadline isn’t until May 15. But there’s always the last minute rush to apply for tags, and this year there’s an extra step (verifying your account) with the new licensing system. Apply early and beat the rush.

Here’s how to apply for a controlled hunt.

Be safe when winter fishing
Oregonians are lucky to be able to fish 365 days a year. But during the worst winter weather (like now) anglers should be taking some extra safety precautions: Check road conditions before you go and be prepared for winter driving conditions. Carry a change of dry clothes and be mindful of the risks of hypothermia. Take the following precautions when ice fishing: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice.

New phone line for reporting 2018 hunts
The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system. In addition to applying online, you can now call the dedicated reporting phone line at 866-947-6339 to report your hunts.
Spring turkey hunting workshops coming up in Tygh Valley, Central Point; New this year: Workshop for adults April 7
Spring turkey hunting workshops coming up in Tygh Valley, Central Point; New this year: Workshop for adults April 7
Spring turkey hunting workshops coming up in Tygh Valley, Central Point

New this year: Workshop for adults April 7
Thursday, March 7, 2019Additional photos available, email Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

SALEM, Ore.—Get ready for spring turkey hunting season before the season opens statewide on April 15! Register now for one of the three spring turkey hunting workshops ODFW is hosting in early April—two for kids and the first-ever ODFW turkey hunting workshop for adults on April 7 at the White River Wildlife Area in Tygh Valley.

Each workshop will cover turkey hunting skills such as scouting, turkey biology, using a turkey call, and gear. Participants will also get the chance to practice shotgun skills, with all necessary gear (including shotguns and shells) provided by ODFW and partners.

Workshop dates and locations follow; click the event link for more information. Register online at ODFW’s Licensing Page (go to Purchase from Catalog / Class Workshop / Outdoor Skills to see the turkey hunting workshops) or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. Workshop registration is not available at license sale agents. Note that youth or parent must be registering from the youth’s online account to register for the youth-only workshops online at ODFW’s Licensing Page.

Youth turkey hunting clinic (age 17 and under), April 6, White River Wildlife Area (Tygh Valley), 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by ODFW and Oregon Hunters Association. Cost: $10, lunch provided. Register by March 25. Email Catherine.n.sandor-korte@state.or.us with questions. 

Youth turkey hunting clinic (age 17 and under), April 6, Denman Wildlife Area (Central Point), 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: free, but hunter education certification is required to participate. Hosted by ODFW and Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association. Register by April 1. Email albrechtdg@aol.com with questions.

Adult turkey hunting clinic (age 18 and older), April 7, White River Wildlife Area (Tygh Valley), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $52, includes lunch. Register by March 28. Email Catherine.n.sandor-korte@state.or.us with questions.

 “Calling in a tom during spring turkey season can be as exciting as calling in an elk,” said Catherine Sander-Korte, ODFW outdoor skills. “These workshops will leave you ready to get outdoors for this spring turkey season.”Spring turkey season runs April 15-May 31 statewide in Oregon, with a special youth-only hunt April 13-14.

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