Fishing and hunting still legal during coronavirus threat in Oregon

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Fishin n huntin. It’s a huge part of Oregon. Right now as we head into uncharted territory with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic crippling society, lots of questions remain unanswered. As we expected, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown put a stay at home order in place. And as expected, the order is confusing and doesn’t address a lot of issues such as parenting plans in place, among many other concerns Oregonians have when trying to live a somewhat normal live during these stressful times.

So at least if anything, Oregonians are permitted at this time to still get some fishing and hunting in.

“It’s safe to go hunting and fishing with your family and friends in small groups,” ODFW wrote. “However, it is important to make sure that everyone is healthy before you go, and practice social distancing.”

At the time of writing this, Statesman Journal reports ODFW offices are closed to public access as of Monday. Staff does remain available via phone and email, where you can contact them through their website here:

Also worth mentioning is a bullshit prank making it’s rounds on social media, claiming ODFW fishing is closed at this time. The agency did address this on their Twitter feed.


Other ODFW closures and cancellations

  • Fish hatcheries are closed to public entry to keep fish hatchery staff healthy and they can continue to operate.
  • All family fishing events, hunter education classes, outdoor workshops and other group activities are canceled. Commission or other ODFW public meetings are canceled or going online.
  • Big game tag auctions rescheduled and now bid-by-phone due to COVID-19
  • Bear and cougar hunters: Successful cougar and bear hunters are temporarily not required to check-in their animal at an ODFW office, though they do still need to report basic information about their harvest within 10 days. Hunters need to call the office in the district where they harvested their cougar or bear and report their name, ODFW ID number, date of harvest, location of harvest (wildlife management unit), sex of animal and confirmation number for electronic tags. Or, they can email all the above information to [email protected]
  • Roadkill permits: Rules requiring that people check in roadkill parts within 5 business days have also been waived with the exception of heads with antlers from male deer and male elk. (The requirement to surrender heads with antlers is in statute and cannot be waived by ODFW.) Roadkill permittees must call a local office to arrange surrendering antlers. Please call your local office within 5 days of salvaging roadkill to make arrangements (though the actual surrender may occur after 5 days).

Read more at Statesman Journal