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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a series of town hall meetings around the state in April to gather public input on the agency's proposed 2019-21 budget. This is being done because revenues are greatly exceeding expectations. And so rather than sticking with the planned increases, they are now looking at eliminating them....or even....GASP!!....lowering prices if possible. No major changes to the budget or new fee increases are proposed.
 
The proposed budget, which is being developed by ODFW and an external budget advisory committee, will be presented for review and comment at the meetings listed below taking place in Bend, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Medford, North Bend, Newport, Portland and Tillamook.
 
“This is a great opportunity for us to meet with our constituents and get their feedback,” said Curt Melcher, ODFW director. “I encourage folks to attend, meet with our staff and learn more about our funding proposals to manage Oregon’s fish and wildlife.”
 
ALL of the major hunting groups in Oregon, including the largest in state group, the Oregon Hunter's Association have pleaded for tags and licenses to be decreased if possible. It looks as though that is going to be given serious consideration. 
 
Public comments will be used to help refine the budget before it is presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on June 7 in Baker City. Once a proposed budget is approved by the Commission, it will be submitted to the Governor for her consideration. The budget will ultimately be determined by the 2019 Legislature.
 
All meetings will be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings will be;
 
 
Medford, Thursday, April 5, Jackson County Library, Medford Branch Adams Room, 205 S Central Ave
 
North Bend, Monday, April 9, North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
 
Newport, Tuesday, April 10, Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth St
 
Tillamook, Wednesday, April 11, Tillamook County Library, 1716 3rd Street
 
Portland, Thursday, April 12, Doubletree Inn (Lloyd Center), 1000 NE Multnomah Street
 
Comments on the agency proposed budget can also be submitted through May 1 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to ODFW Director’s Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 7302-1142.
 
Public testimony will also be heard at the Commission meeting June 7 in Baker City.

 

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:

  1. Remove and save the affected hoof/hooves in a plastic bag and place in a cool area for further evaluation by ODFW.
  2. Take digital photos of affected hooves.
  3. Fill out this online form.

Call the toll-free wildlife health lab number at 866-968-2600 or email our veterinarians at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange collection of the diseased hoof.

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 problemsThis 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.

 

 

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Regulation changes

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: season opened April 1 here in Southern Oregon. Bear numbers are very good here in Southern Oregon, especially in the Applegate and Rogue units which have some of the highest bear harvest numbers in the state. Typically the harvest improves as the season progresses; this may be especially true this year after our severe winter. Typically boars emerge from their dens earlier than sows and cubs. Remember that it is illegal to harvest a sow with cubs.

In general it is good to start off the season glassing open hillsides during sunny mornings and evenings. Bears will most likely be out at this time feeding on grasses and anything else they can fill their bellies with. As the season continues into May another useful method of hunting is using a fawn distress call. There are many newborn fawns this time of year so you are imitating a natural food source. Other predator calls can be successful as well.

Remember that within 10 days of harvest you are required to check your bear skull in at an ODFW office, the skull must be unfrozen and preferable have the mouth propped open. For more information refer to page 61 of the 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.

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 64 of the 2018 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 65 of the 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information.

Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunter can find coyotes around meadows and brush piles where mice and rabbits are found. Predator calls are very useful when used in conjunction to known prey base.

 

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DOUGLAS COUNTY (Dixon, S. Indigo, NW Evans Creek, Melrose, SW Siuslaw, E. Tioga and NE Powers Units)

Cougar: The cougar season is currently open. With the recent resurgence of winter and lower elevation snow, hunters can now find these cats a bit easier by looking for fresh tracks in likely habitat. Look in areas adjacent to agriculture and within areas of higher concentrations of deer. When fresh tracks are found, set up and call with either mouth or electronic predator calls.

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: Muskrat and mink harvest ended March 31. Remember to check your river otters in with ODFW for Ownership Tags. River otter trappers have five business days following the close of the season to check in otter pelts for Ownership Tags. The Roseburg ODFW office will check river otter pelts on Mondays by appointment only. Call 541-440-3353 to set up an appointment.

Furtakers, remember to complete your Furtaker Harvest Report, either online, or through the forms provided on our website.

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.

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.

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