Sauvie Island Waterfowl 101

So you say you’ve never hunted ducks at Sauvie Island but have always wanted to. You, sir or madam, are in luck.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has come out with a brand-new guide for beginners interested in hunting the agency’s über-popular and super-birdy wildlife area just 20 miles from the Rose Garden.

HAPPY SAUVIE ISLAND WATERFOWLERS. (COURTESY ERIKA McCORMICK, VIA RICK ALLEN, REEL TACKLE SHOP)

The Web page features everything from the basic license and permits you’ll need to open days for each unit to the wildlife area’s history.

The now-11,543-acre wildlife area, which began to be parceled together in 1940 and covers nearly half of the island, features roaming, bench- and makeshift blind, pass-shooting and boat hunting opportunities for mallards, wigeon, teal, pintail, shovelers, gadwall and other ducks. Goose hunting, however, is very regulated.

HUNT RESULTS. (ODFW)

The guide includes great PDF maps of Sauvie’s three units — Eastside, Westside and North — with directions for accessing each. There are also instructions for how to apply to hunt the Eastside Unit and how the poker-chip drawing works for the Westside Unit. The North Unit is open to all.

(ODFW)

Tables detail how many blinds and roaming hunters can be accommodated in each areas’ subunits.

There are also some hot-spot tips — “While Holman Point is generally not a steady producer it can be red hot on stormy days when the birds are constantly moving and poor visibility keeps them low” — as well as general waterfowling suggestions.

PINTAILS AT SAUVIE, FEB. 2010. (ODFW)

All in all a pretty good resource, we’d say.

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