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ODFW streamlines Sauvie Island hunting reservation process

September 1, 2016

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Hunters will have a new way of selecting hunting blinds this fall when they participate in any of the waterfowl hunts on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area’s eastside unit.

“The changes are designed to make the selection process fairer by making it equitable for all hunters who were lucky enough to draw a reservation,” said Brandon Reishus, ODFW migratory game bird coordinator.

Under the new system, hunters who draw any of the 19 controlled hunts that are offered on the wildlife area will be assigned a random check-in sequence number that corresponds to the order in which they will be allowed to pick a blind or check in to a roam unit.

For example, there are five available blinds in the Racetrack unit. Under the new controlled hunt drawing reservation system, each successful applicant for the Racetrack unit would receive a random number from 1 to 5. The hunter with #1 will have first choice of blinds, the hunter with #2 will have second choice of blinds, and so on and so forth.

Hunter will see this check-in sequence number when they check their controlled hunt results on-line, and this same number will also print on their controlled hunt reservation permit.  Reservation hunters must be in line at least two hours before shooting time and will be called to the check station window via AM Radio Station 1580 to choose their blinds.

Successful applicants must purchase their reservation permit before arriving at the wildlife area because license documents are not available at ODFW check stations. Once they have arrived at the wildlife area, hunters with reservations must park in the right lane of the reservation check-in road the day of their hunt. They will use the left lane to proceed to the check station window once their number is called.

Beginning shooting times vary throughout the season, depending on when the sun comes up in the morning. Shooting times are listed chronologically in a table published on Page 10 of the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.

Unfilled reservations are available to hunters without reservations on a first-come, first-served basis at the check station beginning one hour before shooting time. Separate vehicle lines are designated for reservation and non-reservation hunters.

For more information, contact Sauvie Island Wildlife Area at 503-621-3488 or visit ODFW’s on-line Beginner's Guide to Hunting Waterfowl on Sauvie Island.

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Contact:

Brandon Reishus (503) 947-6324
Mark Nebeker (503) 621-3488, ext. 225
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

 
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