Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Contacts

Department Leadership

Director: Curt Melcher

Salem Headquarters Office

Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302

Phone: 503-947-6000

ODFW In-State Toll-Free: 800-720-6339

Email: odfw.info@odfw.oregon.gov

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

Chair: Mary Wahl (Langlois)

Members:

  • 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 enhance the clarity of these regulations, simplified language is occasionally used. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) aims for these summarized regulations to align with the actual language in Oregon statutes and administrative rules. However, in case of any inconsistency, the statutes and administrative rules take precedence. You can find the precise wording of relevant Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules at:


Wildlife Restoration Program

The Wildlife Restoration Program is funded by excise taxes from the purchase of:

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Bows and arrow components

Since 1939, Oregon has received over $340 million from this program to support various initiatives, including:

  • Acquisition of 12 State Wildlife Areas
  • Operations and maintenance of Wildlife Areas
  • Hunter Education Programs
  • Wildlife Research
  • Wildlife Habitat Programs
  • Shooting Range Grants

Thank you for contributing to the preservation of Oregon's rich cultural heritage.

Cultural resources in Oregon encompass both Indian and early Euro-American archaeological sites, burials, and sacred objects. These cultural sites are not a renewable resource, and once taken or damaged, they are lost forever. They are protected by law on both public and private land, and disturbing them can lead to serious penalties. For more information, visit oregon.gov/oprd/OH/pages/technicalresources.aspx.


Seeking Volunteers With RVs to Host for ODFW

If you own an RV and have an interest in fish and wildlife, we may have the volunteer opportunity you've been seeking. ODFW has 45 sites at fish hatcheries, wildlife areas, and district offices across the state where volunteers can help protect and enhance fish and wildlife in diverse locations, including the coast, mountain ranges, valleys, and the high desert.

Duties may vary depending on the location and season but can include:

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

Apply today to help protect and enhance Oregon's fish, wildlife, and their habitats. For more information and the application, visit www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/volunteer/host_program.asp or contact Donna Schultz, Volunteer Host Coordinator, at donna.l.schultz@odfw.oregon.gov or 541.757.5255.


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

While Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been detected in Oregon, it has been found in Idaho near Oregon's northeastern border. The Department has intensified monitoring efforts across the state due to the proximity of CWD to Oregon. House Bill 3152, passed in 2021, mandates that vehicles transporting wildlife or wildlife parts must stop for inspection if they encounter a Department-operated wildlife inspection station (refer to page 18 for details).

The Department will operate wildlife inspection stations for CWD sample collection during some fall hunting seasons. Cooperation and sample collection by successful deer and elk hunters in Oregon are crucial. Hunters submitting samples will be able to view test results within 4-6 weeks on ODFW's website.

For more information on CWD, details on submitting samples, and instructions on viewing results, please visit myodfw.com/cwd.

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