Protecting Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, or ODFW, has a mission: to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. Oregon’s fish and wildlife policies are set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, a seven-member volunteer board. Commission members are appointed by the Governor. ODFW regulates fishing in the state of Oregon, both in freshwater rivers, lakes and streams and on the Oregon Coast. That means, among other fish-y things, they issue angler’s licenses, provide education, set seasons and limits on specific species and, each year, ODWF stocks millions of trout in dozens of reservoirs, lakes and ponds throughout the state. ODFW also helps manage Oregon’s 34 million acres of public land open to hunters of big game, like elk and deer. Their management of game bird hunting and populations includes upland birds, waterfowl and turkey. From the mentored youth hunter program to the Recreation Report to ODFW’s hands-on workshops and family fishing events, they will provide the instruction you’ll need to actually catch a fish, dig for clams, crab, apply for a hunting tag or get the latest conditions. Two-thirds of the ODFW staff work in field offices, hatcheries, wildlife areas and other facilities throughout the state. This puts the resource managers close to the resources they’re managing, and in touch with local hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers.

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Top Restaurants for Bend's Eastside

Most people come to Bend to explore the Westside, known for its shopping and multitude of restaurants, but if you are looking for a part of town that’s a bit off the beaten path, then you might find yourself on the Eastside of town. You can still find really fun, hip spots like Jacksons’s Corner, along with some classic, small town joints such as Jake’s Diner. On Tap, a replication of The Lot on the Westside, is a food truck lot with beers on tap for a fun outdoor setting. Visit Worthy Brewing  – which happens to be on the Bend Ale Trail – so you can get yourself a stamp while enjoying a well-crafted brew and a variety of pub favorite menu items. If you are looking for something other then pub food, then El Corporal will get ya feelin’ good with some margaritas and delicious, traditional Mexican food.

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