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ODFW offices closed Oct. 16 due to furlough day

October 7, 2009


SALEM, Ore. Although ODFW will be closed on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, a mandatory unpaid furlough day for all state employees, customers may still purchase hunting and fishing licenses and tags online or at a license sales agent that day.

Oct. 16 is the deadline to purchase a general season Cascade bull elk tag, so hunters that have waited until the last day will need to purchase their tag online or at a license sales agent. Any exchange involving a Cascade bull elk tag must be done at an ODFW office by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Tags cannot be exchanged at license sale agents.

ODFW’s wildlife areas and hatcheries will be open to visitors on Oct. 16 and other furlough days but staff will not be available to assist customers. Hunters are still responsible for checking in and out of wildlife areas using the self check-in process.

Any wildlife areas that have a staffed check-in process will not be open to hunters on furlough days. For the 2009-10 season, the only wildlife area affected is Sauvie Island Wildlife Area in Portland. Nov. 27 is another furlough day and Sauvie Island will not be open for waterfowl hunting, which is reflected in the 2009-10 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.    

The closure on Oct. 16 is the first of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the remainder of the current two-year budget period due to state budget cuts. The other scheduled mandatory furlough days are:

Nov. 27, 2009

March 19, 2010

April 16, 2010

June 18, 2010

Aug. 20, 2010

Sept.17, 2010

Nov. 26, 2010

March 18, 2011

May 20, 2011

For more information on furlough days, visit the State of Oregon website at




Richard Hargrave (503) 947-6020
Fax: (503) 947-6009



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