IT IS TIME FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL KDRV SPORTSMENS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION SHOW!
There will be so much to see and do at this year's show as there always is. Every paid patron receives Northwest Sportsman magazine FREE for 1 year!
One of the major attractions for hunters is the Big Game head displays where you will see some of the very biggest bucks and bulls ever taken in Oregon. Every year there are new additions to this display as new record book animals join the show. And, you might even have a new addition for the wall of fame!
Seven Feathers is sponsoring the Head and Horns competition. Bring in your trophies from this year and have them measured up to win prizes of all kinds. Measuring is FREE with show admission. However, if the trophy is eligible for inclusion in the Record book, there is a $25 entry fee collectible at the time of competition. For the full ist of rules and to see what prizes you could win.....click here!
One other feature of the show this year is the Tuff Shed Ultimate Base Camp. You likely have seen Tuff Sheds around in all kinds of roles. But wait until you see how quickly and easily they can be set up as hunting lodge in the woods. No joke. This is so much easier than you think. Click here to see a taste of what will be seen at the show.
HUNTING WITH DRONES IS ILLEGAL IN OREGON!!
With the exploding use of drones, comes abuses. I see a lot of "professional drone pilots" out there now who do not seem to know what the FAA laws are regarding drone use, and they are supposed to KNOW them. So, can you blame private citizens flying drones for fun if they don't? But, ignorance is NO defense in court. It is against the law to use drones while hunting in Oregon. It actually is a well established law now. That means you cannot get out of your truck at say the top of a logged unit in the Cascades and fly a drone down it to see if there is a buck or bull down there in the season. This article from the East Oregonian outlies it all very well......click here to see it.
ELK HOOF DISEASE
ODFW is asking the public for help as citizen scientists in documenting elk in Oregon with a contagious form of hoof disease that is spreading from herds north of the Columbia River in southwest Washington. Please use the online form below to report observations of live elk, hunter-harvested or dead elk showing signs of elk hoof disease that may include lame or limping elk or elk with damaged, injured, missing or deformed hooves.
It may be important for a biologist or veterinarian to contact you for additional information, so please provide a phone number or email address. You may also submit photos or video of lame/limping elk.
If you harvest an elk or locate a dead animal with suspected hoof disease, please take the following steps:
Elk hoof disease fact sheet (October 2017)
Wolves are present in Oregon
ODFW is monitoring about 20 areas of known wolf activity, mostly in northeast Oregon and several in southwest Oregon. Wolves may also occur in central Oregon and the Cascades. See the Wolf web page for the latest information.
Wolves remain on the federal ESA west of Hwys 395-78-95. In the rest of eastern Oregon, wolves remain protected under the state’s Wolf Management Plan and no take is allowed, except in defense of human life or by livestock producers in certain situations in the eastern third of Oregon.
Oregon has not seen any conflict or human safety problems between people and wolves, but there are some tips online on how to avoid problems. This flyer also has tips on recognizing wolf sign, differentiating between wolves vs coyotes and protecting dogs from wolves.
ODFW appreciates any information about wolf sightings or encounters from hunters. Use the online wolf reporting form to share this information with wildlife managers.
ODFW is closely watching both wolf and big game populations. ODFW has not seen negative impacts from wolves requiring big game hunting tags to be reduced.
Besides annual surveys of wolves and big game, OSU and ODFW are working together on a wolf-cougar research project looking at competitive interactions and prey selection between wolves and cougars in the Mt Emily unit.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Game has put together a quiz I encourage ALL of you to take. As Southern Oregon and Northern California are confirmed wolf territory, KNOWING the difference between a coyote and a wolf on sight can be very critical.....ESPECIALLY for hunters. You MUST know the differences between a wolf and a coyote in appearance.
I did get 100 percent on this test. I mean I would sure hope I would being the Chairman of the Jackson County Wolf Committee. Let's see how you do. Some of these are going to be easy. Real easy. But there are a couple pictures in here that will require a real good look.
Click here to take the test.
OPEN SEASONS: COUGAR, COYOTE, CONTROLLED ELK.
There are just a few changes from last year:
Edible portions of game mammals is now defined and includes the meat from the front quarters, hind quarters, the loins (backstrap) and tenderloins. For elk, the meat of the neck is also included. See page 95 of the Big Game Regulations.
Hunters with a disabilities permit are reminded to check page 93 of the Big Game Regulations to see which units allow them to take any sex deer or elk. The bag limits are the same as they were last year.
JACKSON, JOSEPHINE, CURRY COUNTIES (Applegate, Chetco, Evans Creek, Rogue, portions of Dixon, and Sixes)
Spring Black Bear: The southwest Oregon limited bear tags are sold out for this upcoming season. The application deadline for spring bear is over, results have been posted. Check My Hunter Information for your results.
Youth Antlerless ELK seasons are currently open for units in our area; these are controlled draw hunts that provide a limited number of youth to harvest an elk in our area. This is a great opportunity for the youth to harvest an elk. These hunts are designed to provide young hunters with a safe, well-supervised, low-stress setting where they can enjoy the hunt while building fundamental skills. A reminder that youth are required to wear hunter orange.
Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). With the upcoming elk and deer seasons remember to purchase your cougar tag since majority of the cougars are harvest while in pursuit of other species. There is a mandatory check in of all cougars harvested within 10 days of the after harvest; the unfrozen skull, hide, and proof of sex must be taken to an ODFW office during normal business hours. If a female cougar is harvested it is also mandatory to bring in the reproductive tract in order to gain valuable population data. For more information refer to page 34 of the 2017 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.
Western gray squirrel: Open year-round. There is no bag limit or closed season in that part of the Rogue unit south of the Rogue River and S Fork Rogue River and north of Hwy 140. See page 4 of the 2017 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information.
DOUGLAS COUNTY (Dixon, S. Indigo, NW Evans Creek, Melrose, SW Siuslaw, E. Tioga and NE Powers Units)
Elk: A few controlled elk hunts are open. Elk populations are similar to last year so this hunting year will be average. Elk numbers are highest in the Tioga with lower levels in the Dixon, S. Indigo and Melrose units.
Cougar: The cougar season is currently open. Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.
Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Douglas County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.
Furbearers: Bobcat, fox, marten, muskrat, mink, raccoon, river otter and beaver fur taking seasons are now open. Remember to check your bobcat and river otters in with ODFW for Ownership Tags. The Roseburg ODFW office will check bobcats and river otter pelts on Mondays by appointment only. Call 541-440-3353 to set up an appointment.
Eurasian Collared-Doves – These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons for these invasives and no limits to their harvest. Target Eurasian collared-doves around agricultural areas and forest openings where food sources are abundant. Be sure of your identification before you hunt these abundant invasive birds. Identify this species and its habitat
COOS COUNTY (west Tioga, west Powers, north Sixes, southwest Siuslaw)
Hunters need to be aware that ownership of several timber land parcels in Coos County has recently changed. In some cases the new owners have different access policies than their predecessors. Make sure you know what the policy is before accessing private land and don’t assume the policy is the same as prior years.
Elk: Clear cold weather will force elk to feed in areas where the forage is of the highest quality available to them because they need the extra nutrition to help them deal with the temperatures. The best forage will be found either on private pasture lands where grass gets TLC from the landowner or it will be found on hillsides with south exposure. Sun will warm the soil in these places, which will help grass grow more vigorously. Look for fresh sign of animals in these areas and check them early and late in the day to see if elk are present.
Coyote: Numbers are strong throughout Coos County. Using predator calls to lure them in can be an effective method for harvesting coyotes. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to ask permission before hunting on private land.
Cougar: Hunters can expect an average year. Cougars are abundant throughout with indicators pointing to stable or increasing numbers. Hunting cougar is a challenge because these animals are very secretive, but harvest success is greatest adjacent to private land with high deer populations using a predator call.