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Dog training advisory group meets Feb. 24
Agency makes temporary rule to clarify legal training
February 1, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore.—The first meeting of an advisory group that will advise ODFW in its revision of hunting dog and falcon training rules will be Feb. 24 at 10 a.m., ODFW Headquarters in Salem, 3406 Cherry Ave NE.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting. Public comments will be taken during the meeting.

The advisory group includes representatives from hunting dog trainers, game bird propagators, shooting preserve operators, falconers, hunters, bird conservationists, Oregon State Police and ODFW.

ODFW plans to hold three total meetings and complete the final meeting before April 8, 2011—in time for draft rules to be brought before the Fish and Wildlife Commission for consideration at the June 3 meeting in Salem. Proposed rules will be available for public review prior to the June 3 Commission meeting.

Temporary rule clarifies legal training

While the rules are being revised, ODFW filed a temporary rule with the Secretary of State on Jan. 27 to give commercial and recreational trainers a way to continue to train dogs in the way they are accustomed.

The rule is now in effect and will be part of the temporary rule package presented to the Commission for ratification during their Feb. 4, 2011 meeting in Salem.

The temporary rule:

  • Lifts the prohibition on training on game bird nesting habitat from April-August on private lands and identified dog training areas on public lands. (For example, Sauvie Island, Klamath and Denman Wildlife Areas feature specific dog-training areas.)
  • Puts in rule the permit dog trainers will need to use to release domestically-raised game birds. The free permit is available online and is valid once downloaded and completed.
  • Allows for the taking of properly marked domestically-raised game birds during training activities on private lands and identified dog training areas on public lands.

“Without the temporary rule, much of the dog training going on in Oregon is probably in violation of state rule and statute,” said Kevin Blakely, acting ODFW deputy director.

We look forward to working with the advisory group to give trainers and field trial organizers a lawful way to conduct their business and activities while not unreasonably impacting wildlife in their habitats.”

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Contact:

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

 
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