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ODFW proposes more changes in hunting regs

By Jim Akenson, Sr. Conservation Director

Jim@oregonhunters.org

In the latest phase of its effort to simplify hunting regulations, ODFW is proposing significant changes to 2020 big game hunts. Highlights of proposed changes include:

  • 127 existing hunts consolidated into 49 hunts.
  • 91 hunt dates expanded, made simpler or made consistent with other hunts, including expanding the dates of most bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts to at least one month long.
  • 85 hunt areas expanded to the entire unit or hunt boundaries made simpler.
  • 57 bag limits made simpler or made consistent with other hunts, including a proposal to change Western Oregon deer bag limits to “buck with visible antler” and “antlerless deer.”
  • Nine new controlled hunt opportunities, including three late-season mule deer hunts, two mountain goat hunts, and a pronghorn hunt.

It’s critical that hunters stay informed and comment on the proposals. ODFW will host 18 public meetings around the state in July; please attend and comment. OHA will submit comments at the Sept. 13 Commission meeting, where a decision will be made on proposed changes.

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