A&H properties offer good upland hunting and access to public land. The Maupin and Biggs units are included in the general Eastern Oregon season. Wild turkey are distributed throughout the southern portion of the Keno Unit. Mountain quail are commonly found in or around 2 to 5-year-old clear-cuts in the coastal mountains. Quail seem to be still trying to recover from the hard winter of 2016-17 and their numbers have been down the last few years. Thus, one anonymous observer recalled the naturalist. If there is one reliable water source at hand the chances of finding the birds increase. Possession Limit. Note that hunting is not allowed on most Corps of Engineers property. This appears to have resulted in good production for most upland birds. Main Phone (503) 947-6000 Hunting permits are available at Headquarters. Spring surveys for male sooty grouse in the Cascades this year resulted in similar detections to last year. We are currently 19 inches of rain below normal for the water year. In western Oregon, precipitation in May and June likely resulted in better than average production of young as many wetlands remained wet well into the summer. Hunters can also try hunting our UCAP properties for Huns. Contact ODFW's Public Service Representative at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Production was good for the second year in a row with 3.1 chicks/adult which is about 30 percent above the long term average. Hunting pheasants and Hungarian partridge on the Olmstead property in Eastern Washington. 1 It is unlawful to obtain and possess more than two 2020 fall turkey tags, of which only one can be a General Eastern Oregon Fall Turkey Tag. The Ni’Les-tun and Bandon Marsh Units of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Bandon will have areas open for waterfowl hunting. See the, Prospects for waterfowl hunting will be good if the district sees some rain to flood feeding areas when the birds come down from the north. I slogged down through the boot-sucking muck in the creek bottom and up into the mud flats on the other side. The statewide youth waterfowl season is Sept. 26-27. Dove numbers seem to be similar this year in the Rogue Valley compared to past years. Hunting opportunities are limited due to the lack of wetlands, marshes, and access, especially on public lands – but hunters could try hunting the limited BLM along the Crooked River or the Prineville Reservoir. Storm systems in northern Oregon and Washington push birds south to our area. As a courtesy for several years ODFW had continued to mail the stamps to hunters each spring. On the mid-coast, opportunities for goose hunting are limited to the estuaries or private agricultural land. The Wildlife Area is closed 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. daily. Turkey and chukar offer the best opportunities this season for upland hunters, with turkey widely distributed through the county. Grouse hunters will often find them on closed forest roads or near creek bottoms. Wetland cells that are normally filled with water were dry throughout the nesting season, which possibly impacted nest production as nests would have been accessible to land predators. Wetland cells are currently dry and many of our pumps do not have access to water. Mourning doves seemed to start their breeding activity a little earlier this year and many birds have already begun leaving the area. Like mourning doves, band-tailed pigeons are another of Oregon’s migratory upland game birds. The Rogue River is a good place to hunt during the September goose season as well as on the Hall Tract of the Denman Wildlife Area. Opening day of dove season, that harbinger of autumn, is around the corner. Mourning dove appeared to have had good nesting success. Turkeys had another good hatch and should be very abundant especially at lower elevations on private land. Western Oregon experienced one of the wettest springs on record, which did not bode well for early hatching chicks. Ruffed grouse can be found near creeks and over grown roads mostly at mid elevations of both the Cascades and Coast Range. I’d seen a cock pheasant fly this way and wanted to get another crack at him. The gun boomed and one bird dropped and I ran past it, hoping to get another shot. Mourning doves on the other hand did PHENOMENAL! Just like waterfowl, hunters should scout for concentrations of doves, which will usually be close to food sources, harvested grain fields, or waterholes. Extras * Licenses $6.00 instate/$13.00 out of state – Bird cleaning $2.00/bird – Clays 25 clays $12.00 50 clays $20.00 100 clays $35.00 250 clays $70.00 * Shotgun lessons $45.00/hr . Goose hunting occurs throughout the valley but hunters will want to obtain permission to hunt private lands or hunt properties enrolled in the Open Field Program that allow access for goose hunting. Waterfowl hunters should expect a good hunting season this year. However, numbers and distribution can change on a yearly basis and success can be good in these areas into January. Upland bird hunting opens at 10 a.m. during waterfowl season (see regulations for details). See the current, Sept. 12-13, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area (Eugene). Minimum $700 in birds . Quail are mostly associated with heavy cover adjacent to riparian areas. Hunters should focus around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Unfortunately, these geese migrating out of Canada are now by bypassing traditional staging areas such as Summer Lake on their way to California. The Northwest Permit Goose Season will be open this year on the Wildlife Area, but only for white geese (Ross and snow). Upland counts for the district were average to above average for all species with the exception of gray partridge (Hun). Drop bag off at designated collection sites located around the state or at ODFW offices. The birds were crossing the trail as I rounded the corner. The key to a successful hunt is prior scouting for areas where geese are going to feed or rest. The big rooster pheasant leapt from the ground about 10 feet in front of me, crowned 10 feet up and flew like a rocket to the cover of some 12 foot reeds a quarter of a mile away. Hunters who want to hunt CVWA need to fill out a permit daily. Make sure to bring water for your dogs as water will be scarce on much of the wildlife area. All visitors are required to have an ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Permit to park on the wildlife area. Please return wings and tails of mountain quail and forest grouse; they provide important information about populations. Hunting prospects will depend on Pacific Northwest weather systems moving birds into and around Klamath County before freeze-up. Sooty and ruffed grouse can be found in forested portions of Hood River and Wasco County. Request your game bird validation stamp Ruffed grouse are found in middle elevation forests near water. California quail prefer lower elevation brushy habitat, particularly near agricultural and riparian areas. California quail - Surveys on established routes yielded 32 quail per 10 miles, a 24 percent decline from last year and 23 percent below the 10-year average. Typically, good production results in favorable hunting success due to the large number of juveniles. Agricultural fields, and hunters are encouraged to take advantage of the Cascades this year are right average... 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