ODFW proposes major changes; please be heard
By Jim Akenson, OHA Sr. Conservation Director
Proposed changes to Oregon’s big game regulations will be discussed with public comment opportunity at a series of meetings around the state in July. Some of the proposals are sweeping changes, and hunters need to be heard.
One proposal would make spikes legal in the general western Oregon buck season and illegal in controlled 600-series antlerless hunts.
An example of the influence hunters can have occurred at the June Commission meeting, where OHA representatives stated the importance of keeping certain coveted 600-series hunts with an either-sex bag limit available for many interested hunters who have compiled preference points for them. The Commission then recommended that the proposal to change those hunts to 100-series buck deer hunts be dropped.
Other proposed changes include:
- Longer, later seasons for pronghorn, bighorn, and mountain goat hunts to give hunters who draw a prized tag a later opening and more time to hunt.
- 127 existing hunts consolidated into 49.
- 91 hunt dates expanded or made simpler or consistent with other hunts.
- 85 hunt areas expanded to the entire unit or simpler boundaries.
- 57 bag limits made simpler or consistent with other hunts.
- 9 new controlled hunts, including 3 late mule deer hunts, 2 mountain goat hunts, and a pronghorn hunt.
Plan to attend one of the meetings. This will be the only chance to comment before the Commission enacts rule making at the Sept. 13 meeting in Gold Beach.
See the proposed changes at: https://myodfw.com/articles/proposed-changes-2020-big-game-regulations and the meeting schedule at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2019/06_Jun/062419b.asp
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