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2023 Big Game Hunting Regulations on ODFW Commission Agenda

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN ODFW PRESS RELEASE

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Sept. 15-16 in Burns for a field trip to the area on Thursday and a meeting at the Historic Central Hotel in Burns on Friday.

OREGON HUNTERS COULD GET THEIR CONTROLLED HUNTING RESULTS MUCH EARLIER AS PART OF A PROPOSAL FOR ADOPTION BY THE FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION NEXT WEEK, BUT ARCHERS LIKE TRAVIS CLOWERS, HERE WITH A 2022 OREGON CENTRAL BUCK, RIFLEMEN AND MUZZLELOADERS SHOULD ALSO PUT EARLIER ALSO . (COASTAL HUNTING PHOTO CONTEST)

View the tour and meeting agenda and watch a live stream of Friday’s meeting at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/22/09_Sep/index.asp

To accompany the commissioners on the tour which includes stops to discuss wolf management, dry forest resilience and bull trout restoration, meet at the Hines District Office (238 S Hwy 120, Hines) no later than 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Members of the public must provide their own transportation and lunch.

To testify remotely on Friday, register at least 48 hours in advance (by Wednesday, September 14 at 8 a.m.) at https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Z0SoBJG_RyipOKZMcU9p5w

To testify in person, register for the meeting.

Comments can also be emailed to [email protected]

A public forum allowing people to comment on topics that are not on the agenda is scheduled for Friday morning after the Director’s report. To participate in the public forum, contact the Office of the ODFW Director at (503) 947-6044 or [email protected] by Wednesday, September 14 at 8 a.m. (48 hours prior to the meeting).

The Commission will adopt the Big Game 2023 Rules at its meeting. One major proposed change is to move the date on which Controlled Hunt draw results are available, from June 20 to June 12. The deadline for amending controlled hunting applications would also move to May 25 (from June 1). The efficiencies of the electronic licensing system will allow ODFW to make results available more quickly.

Another change would add a controlled youth archery hunt that would give youth shooting a beacon the ability to hunt with a “one elk” bag limit in all but five units. Other proposals from the staff include a general end-of-season traditional archery opportunity in southwest Oregon and two all-weapon-legal controlled late-night deer hunts in western Oregon. For a complete list of proposed amendments to the Big Game Regulations, see https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/22/09_Sep/B/Exhibit%20B_Attachment%203_2023%20Staff%20Proposals_Big%20Game%20Regulations.pdf

In other cases, the Commission will be asked to:

  • Appoint a landowner representative to the Access and Habitat Council, which funds projects that provide public access for hunting or improve wildlife habitat on private land.
  • Approve the acquisition of 10 acres of land in Pendleton for the future headquarters of a new watershed district office as the current building (an early 1900s house converted to office space) is inadequate for the needs of the ‘agency.
  • Amend the rules of the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) to reduce the time required between grant submission and review.
  • Approve the recommendation to the Oregon Watershed Improvement Board (OWEB) for the appointment of a fish and wildlife habitat member to the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission.

The Panel will also hear from ODFW staff on chronic wasting disease and flow and temperature modeling efforts to advance understanding of the effects of climate change, and from the Harney County organization, the High Desert Partnership.