The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted 2022 Big Game Regulations during its meeting on Sept. 17, with a surprise modification to move the long-duration youth elk hunt start date from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15.
Archery elk regulations that moved Blue Mountains units to controlled hunting in 2022 were already adopted in August.
There is also a new Rocky Mountain bighorn hunt (556) as part of a rotation among the states of Oregon and Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. One California bighorn hunt (551) will no longer be available in response to pneumonia in the herd. Several new youth hunts were approved including for deer and spring bear.
The Commission also approved funding for several Access and Habitat projects that provide hunting access or improve wildlife habitat on private land.