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ODFW to host public meetings for hunting

03/28/14 -- ODFW will host a series of public meetings around the state of Oregon in early May to hear public comment on proposals for big game, game bird, and furbearer hunting and trapping seasons.

At the meetings, ODFW staff will provide information about big game herd health and populations and propose the number of controlled big game hunting tags to issue for this year. Staff will also review concepts for possible changes to the 2015 big game regulations, including any changes to archery seasons recommended by the Archery Review Public Advisory Committee (ARPAC).

Staff proposals for tag numbers, ARPAC recommendations and other proposed 2015 regulations changes will be available at the meetings and posted on the hunting section of ODFW’s website by May 1.

Upland bird seasons and furbearer regulations are additional topics open for discussion and comment during these meetings. Upland game bird seasons are reviewed every five years and seasons structures are due for review this year.

Oregon offers general seasons and controlled hunts for big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mtn goat, cougar, and black bear). The number of tags for controlled hunts is limited and hunters must apply for them by May 15 each year (or Feb. 10 for spring bear hunts).

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to adopt 2014 fall big game tag numbers at its June 5-6 meeting in Salem. Concepts for 2015 big game regulations will be presented to the Commission at this June meeting, with final adoption occurring in October. Bird hunting regulations are adopted in August.

The public may provide input on ODFW proposals during public testimony at the June or August Commission meetings in Salem or by sending written comments to odfw.comments@state.or.us, mail to: ODFW Wildlife Division, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302.

2014 Big Game Public Meeting Schedule

Seaside, May 1 4 - 7 pm Seaside Convention Center – Seamist Rm. 415 First Avenue Seaside OR

Enterprise May 2 3 – 6 pm, ODFW Enterprise District Office, Enterprise OR

Roseburg May 5, 6 pm, ODFW Roseburg Regional Office, Conference Rm, 4192 N Umpqua Hwy Roseburg OR

Burns, May 6, 7 – 9 pm, Harney County Visitors Center, 484 N Broadway, Burns OR

John Day, May 6, 5:30 – 7 pm, John Day District State Forestry Office, 415 Patterson Bridge Rd, John Day OR

Jordan Valley, May 6, 6 pm MDT, Lions Hall, Hwy 95 North Jordan Valley OR

Lakeview, May 6, 6 pm, Eagles Lodge – 27 South “E” Street, Lakeview OR

Springfield, May 6

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
3150 East Main St Springfield OR

Bend, May 7, 4 – 7 pm, ODFW Bend Office 61374 Parrell Rd Bend OR

Charleston, May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave North Bend OR

Gold Beach, May 7, 6 pm, Gold Beach City Hall, 29592 Ellensburg Ave Gold Beach OR

Heppner, May 7, 6 – 9 pm, ODFW Heppner District Office, 54173 Highway 74 Heppner OR

Klamath Falls, May 7, 5:30 pm, OSU AG Extension Service, 6923 Washburn Way Klamath Falls OR

Newport, May 7, 6 – 8 pm, ODFW Marine Resources Program Office, 2040 SE Marine Dr Newport OR

Baker City, May 8, 4 - 6 pm, ODFW Baker City District Office, 2995 Hughes Lane Baker City OR

Medford, May 8, 7 pm, The Eagles Lodge,2000 Table Rock Rd Medford OR

Ontario, May 8, 6 pm MDT, OSU Extension Cente, 710 SW 5th Ave Ontario OR

Grants Pass, May 14,7 pm, Elmers Restaurant, 175 NE Agness Grants Pass OR

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