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Commission adopts sport fishing, big game hunting regulations Sept. 14 in Bandon

Friday, September 14, 2018

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission met Friday, Sept. 14 in Bandon at the Bandon Community Center, 1200 W 11th Street SW.

The meeting began at 8 a.m. and followed this agenda, https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/18/09_Sep/index.asp

Director Melcher opened the meeting with an expression of sympathy for family and friends of Diana Bober, the hiker who lost her life in a cougar attack near Mt. Hood.

The Commission adopted big game hunting and sport fishing regulations for 2019. The major changes adopted for big game hunting are related to an effort to simplify regulations first announced in late May 2018. (See May news release and table for list of all simplification proposals.)

As adopted by the Commission, the 2019 regulations will allow mechanical broadheads for big game archery hunters and reduced the required bow draw weight for some big game species. Staff proposed the changes to simplify regulations and allow hunters to choose equipment based on performance and their own personal preference.

The Commission also adopted 2019 Sport Fishing Regulations at the meeting. The changes further simplify salmon and steelhead seasonal regulations.  There are also changes that increase the possession limit from two to three daily limits for trout and warmwater fish; and standardize striped bass regulations by removing all size and bag limits statewide. For more details on proposed changes by zone see Exhibit C of the Commission packet on www.odfw.com.

During the sportfishing regulations portion of the meeting, the Commission also considered a petition to prohibit retention of wild winter steelhead throughout the Southwest Zone. The Commission denied the petition and directed staff to develop a multi-species conservation plan. The Commission reduced the bag limit to one wild steelhead per day and three per year on all streams in the Southwest Zone that currently have an annual bag limit of five wild steelhead beginning January 1, 2019.

Additionally, the Commission denied a petition to initiate rulemaking which could result in listing the Humboldt marten as endangered or threatened under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. Staff recommended denying this petition, as it does not provide scientific evidence to substantiate claims of current threats and that Humboldt marten populations are in decline.

In 2017, the Oregon Legislative Assembly directed ODFW to create a program to offer big game preference points in lieu of a cash reward for people providing information leading to citations or arrest of poachers. The Commission approved administrative rules for this program, which were developed by ODFW, Oregon State Police and Oregon Hunters Association (the sportsman organization that administers the Turn In Poachers program). Under the adopted rules, people that provide information leading to an arrest or citation may choose to receive five preference points in cases of unlawful take, possession or waste involving moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and wolves and four preference points for cases involving bear, cougar, deer and elk.

Finally, the Commission approved an amendment to a memorandum of understanding with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation regarding off-reservation hunting; funded several Access and Habitat projects (which open private land to hunting access or improve wildlife habitat); and modified licensing rules so they are in keeping with ODFW’s new Electronic Licensing System launching Dec. 1, 2018 for the sale of 2019 licenses.

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Contact:

Jay Remy, jay.w.remy@state.or.us (503) 947-6020

 
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