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Hunters, others invited to statewide meetings about seasons and regulations

   

Date:

April 21, 2009

Contact:

Michelle Dennehy  (503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748
Fax: (503) 947-6009

SALEM, Ore.ODFW will host a series of public meetings around the state to present and accept public comment on proposals for big game hunting seasons, upland game bird hunting seasons and furbearer regulations.

At the meetings, ODFW staff will provide information about big game herd health and numbers, propose the number of controlled big game hunting tags to issue this fall and review concepts for 2010 big game regulations. Tag proposals and the upland game bird season framework will be available online at ODFW’s website in early May.

Oregon offers both general seasons and controlled hunts for big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mtn goat, cougar, and black bear). The number of tags for controlled hunts is limited and hunters must apply for them by May 15 each year.

The framework for Oregon’s upland game bird hunting seasons is reviewed every five years. This is the year when changes can be suggested for 2010-2014 seasons. Meeting attendees can also make suggestions or comments about furbearer (bobcat, fox, coyote, beaver, etc.) hunting and trapping regulations.

ODFW staff will also discuss proposed new youth big game hunts and mandatory hunter reporting issues at the meetings. Reporting hunt results for each and every big game and turkey tag purchased became mandatory for hunters in 2008. But so far, most hunters are not reporting. Rates for fall 2008 hunting seasons range from just 2 percent for general fall bear tag holders to 63 percent for pronghorn tag holders.

The information hunters provide through mandatory reporting is critical for ODFW to accurately determine game harvest and set hunting seasons. Currently there are no penalties for not reporting, but penalties and/or incentives may be introduced for future hunting seasons if hunters continue to not report.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider ODFW staff recommendations and adopt final 2009 tag numbers and 2010 big game regulation concepts at its June 5, 2009 meeting in Salem. Game bird hunting regulations will be adopted at the Aug. 7, 2009 meeting in Salem. Furbearer regulations will be up for consideration by the Commission in summer 2010.

Interested individuals may also provide input on hunting regulations during public testimony at the Commission meetings. Written comments can be sent to ODFW Wildlife Division, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem, OR 97303 or e-mailed

Location, date, and time for 2009 Oregon big game public meetings. 
City Date Time Location
Enterprise May 1 3 – 6 pm ODFW Enterprise District Office
65495 Alder Slope Rd
John Day May 4 5:30 – 7 pm Grant County Health Dept. Johnny Titus Rm
528 E Main St
Lakeview May 5 7 pm Eagle’s Lodge – 27 South “E” Street
Springfield May 5 7 – 9 pm Dept. of Forestry Bldg. – 3150 East Main St
Heppner May 6 6 – 9 pm ODFW Heppner Office – 54173 Highway 74
Burns May 6 7 – 9 pm Harney Co Senior Citizen Center 17 South Alder
Baker City May 6 3 – 6 pm ODFW Baker City District Office 2995 Hughes Lane
Albany May 7 7 – 9 pm Amory Bldg., 104 SW 4th St
Clackamas May 7 7 – 9 pm ODFW NW Region Office Bldg. 16 17330 SE Evelyn St
Fossil May 7 6 – 9 pm 401 4th St Fossil OR
Grants Pass May 7 7 pm J.J. North’s Restaurant 1150 NE E St
Newport May 7 6:30 – 8 pm Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr. Bldg. 904 Rooms 30 – 32
La Grande May 7 3 – 7 pm   ODFW NE Region Office, 107 20th St
The Dalles May 7 7 – 8:30 pm The Dalles Screen Shop 3561 Klindt Dr
Charleston May 9 10am – 2 pm Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Birds & Mammals Class Rm. 63466 Boat Basin Dr
Seaside May 11 3 – 7 pm Seaside Convention Center – Seamist Rm 415 First Avenue
Klamath Falls May 12 6 – 8 pm OSU Extension Service 3328 Vandenberg Rd Klamath Falls
Ontario May 12 7 – 9 pm Malheur County Extension Service 710 SW 5th Ave
Pendleton May 13 3 – 7 pm ODFW Pendleton Office 73471 Mytinger Lane
Redmond May 13 7 – 9 pm Redmond High School Rm 37 675 Rimrock Dr Redmond
Medford May 14 7 pm Elks Lodge, Esquire Rm 202 N Central
Central Point May 18 6 – 8 pm Rogue District Office 1495 East Gregory Rd
Roseburg May 19 7 pm ODFW Roseburg Regional Office Conference Rm, 4192 N Umpqua Hwy

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