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Department of Fish & Wildlife

Curt Melcher, Director

Salem Headquarters Office

4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE

Salem, OR 97302


ODFW in-state toll-free 800-720-6339

[email protected]

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

Mary Wahl (Chair) - Langlois

Becky Hatfield - Hyde - Paisley

Kathayoon Khalil - Portland

Mark Labhart - Sisters

Bob Spelbrink - Siletz

Leslie King - Portland

Jill Zarnowitz - Yamhill

Notice to Hunters

In an effort to make these regulations easier to understand, at times simplified language is used. ODFW’s intention is for these summarized regulations to be consistent with the actual language in Oregon statutes and administrative rules, but in the event of an inconsistency the statutes and administrative rules take precedence. The actual wording of relevant Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules can be found at: and

wildlife restoration

The Wildlife Restoration Program funds projects and programs to enhance your outdoor experience, using an excise tax from purchase on:

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Bows and arrow components

Since 1939, Oregon has received over $340 million to support numerous programs, such as:

  • 12 State Wildlife Area acquisitions
  • Wildlife Area operations and maintenance
  • Hunter Education Programs
  • Wildlife Research
  • Wildlife Habitat Programs
  • Shooting Range Grants

Thank You for Protecting Oregon’s Rich Cultural Heritage

  • Cultural resources in Oregon include both Indian and early Euro-American archaeological sites, burials, and sacred objects.
  • Cultural sites are not a renewable resource. Once taken or damaged they are lost forever.
  • They are protected by law on public and private land. Disturbing them can lead to serious penalties.
  • Further information is available at

Seeking Volunteers With Rv’s To Host For Odfw

Do you have a RV and are interested in fish and wildlife? We may have the volunteer opportunity you have been looking for.

ODFW has 45 sites at fish hatcheries, wildlife areas and district offices throughout the state. Volunteers can choose to help protect and enhance fish and wildlife in unique locations along the coast, in the mountain ranges and valleys, or on the high desert.

No two sites are the same and duties may vary for location and season. Here is a sampling of the duties:

  • Landscaping, gardening and grounds maintenance
  • Fish culture – spawning, feeding, releasing fish
  • Carpentry, painting and other maintenance projects
  • Clerical work – computer data entry, filing and phones
  • Farming to benefit wildlife, assisting at check stations
  • Public outreach – greeting visitors, leading tours
  • Placing nest boxes, banding ducks and geese
  • Assisting disabled anglers, helping with public events

Apply today and help us protect and enhance Oregon's fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

For information and application visit:


Donna Schultz, Volunteer Host Coordinator

[email protected]


Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not yet been found in Oregon, but it has been found in Idaho near Oregon’s northeastern border. The Department has increased its monitoring efforts throughout the state due to the proximity of CWD to Oregon. House Bill 3152, passed in 2021, requires vehicles transporting wildlife or wildlife parts to stop for inspection if they encounter a Department-operated wildlife inspection station. Refer to page 18 for details. The Department will be operating wildlife inspection stations for CWD sample collection during some fall hunting seasons. Cooperation and sample collection by successful deer and elk hunters in Oregon is needed. Hunters submitting samples will be able to view test results within 4-6 weeks on ODFW’s website. For more information on CWD, ways to submit samples, and how to view results, please visit: