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Commission meets Oct. 7 in Pendleton
 
September 30, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Oct. 7 in Pendleton to adopt 2012 Big Game Regulations.
The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, Walla Walla Umatilla Room, 304 SE Nye Ave and proceeds through this meeting agenda.

The Commission will be asked to adopt 2012 Big Game Regulations. Some changes to hunt boundaries and tag numbers are proposed, along with new hunts for 2012. See the proposal for details.

One proposed change would allow the sale of preference points through Nov. 30 each year. Most rifle big game hunting east of the Cascades and some Western Oregon hunting is limited-entry. Hunters build up preference points to increase the odds of drawing the tag of their choice.

At this time, preference points must be purchased by May 15 each year, which is also the controlled hunt deadline. Extending sales through Nov. 30 would allow hunters to spread the cost of licenses, tags and applications throughout the year. It would reduce the rush to meet the May 15 deadline, which often results in long lines for customers.

The Commission also will be asked to adopt administrative rules for new non-resident commercial fishing license fees. This is in response to HB 3657 passed by the 2011 Legislative session that limited non-resident commercial licenses and permits to $50 higher than resident fees. Non-resident commercial fees currently range from $120 to $440 higher than equivalent resident fees.

ODFW staff will present 13 Restoration and Enhancement Program projects totaling $403,357 for the Commission’s consideration and approval.

The Commission also will consider the purchase of a building in Newport to house ODFW’s Marine Resources Program. In 2008 the MRP moved into a leased a building in Newport after it outgrew its existing offices and lost a lease on supplemental space owned by OSU. The 2011 Legislative session approved $600,000 for the purchase of the building currently being leased.

The Commission will be asked to reappoint Roy Elicker director of ODFW. Elicker was first appointed as director in August 2007.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly.

Public testimony will be held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy
Tel. (503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748
Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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