ATTEMPT TO BAN HUNTING WITH ALL DOGS UNDERWAY IN OREGON
The numbers you will see nationally in the story linked mirror Oregon. Or vice versa. 4 percent of Oregon's population hunts.
Some big reasons to get people interested in hunting that were missed here include;
Healthier meat for you and your family. If you see somebody posting all the time on social media about how healthy they eat, and they are not a hunter......well, there ya go.
Fitness freaks should be naturals for hunting. The popular myth is of hunters in vehicles driving around getting drunk and shooting anything that moves. Wrong. And those who appreciate a good workout will love hunting done right. Kristy Titus from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has maintained for years that hunting is actually an extreme sport, and an excellent work out. To that end she encourages hunters to always be working out to be ready to hunt.
And, the day is going to come where being a hunter is going to keep you and your family alive. Being able to live off the land is going to be an essential skill for survival when the BIG disaster happens, or if the collapse of society happens. The food supply system as constructed through society will not exist. Then what? Hunters will become very beloved then. Promise you. To see the full story, click here.
MANDATORY HUNTING REPORTS FOR THE FALL EXTENDED TO APRIL 15TH
Hunters have until April 15 to report their 2018 hunts.
The deadline to report all 2018 big game and turkey tags has been extended until April 15, 2019 (from Jan. 31) to give hunters more time to report under ODFW’s new licensing system. Thanks to the wildly unpopular system Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has gone to, they could not make the thing work right well enough to get the reports in on time. For that reason they extended the reporting deadline. To report your hunt now, what they WANT you to do is load up the new app that is supposed to do everything, locate and/or verify your account. Then choose “Submit a Hunting and Fishing Outcome Report” or “Outcome Reporting / Mandatory Reporting” to complete your report. OR! You can still submit a report by calling in just has you have always done. That number is 1-866-947-6339. I am urging you to do it by phone. This new electronic system is garbage. And, it is creating a sanctioned path for overharvest. If you go to a retailer like Black Bird here in Medford and want your license and tags printed out for you, they will. It will be on regular 8and a half by 11 paper. There is NOTHING stopping anybody from right to the nearest copier and making all the tags they want. Oregon State Police Game Troopers will have absolutely no way to know if this is tagged buck number one, or tagged buck number 20 for the hunter they are checking. At last report the people of Oregon were still purchasing over the counter as they have always done by a 3 to 1 margin. This electronic system is only saving $1.5 million. In Oregon's overall budget, that is a drop in the bucket. Kat Brown spends more on her kayaking whale watching trips. So use the call in method to report on April 14th and 15th as a way to show your displeasure at the new system.
ALL gamebird seasons are now closed in Southwestern Oregon including waterfowl: The exceptions to that are:
Eurasian collared-doves: These are non-native game birds that can be harvested year-round with no bag limit; however, a hunting license is required. They are found just about everywhere throughout Southwestern Oregon, and seem to be in especially high concentrations near residential zones.
Coos County - Geese: Goose hunting in the south coast zone opens back up on Feb. 23 and runs through March 10 with an expanded bag limit. Please visit the game bird regulations for zone boundaries and limit changes.
Spring bear tags: The SW tag is now controlled and the application deadline for controlled spring bear hunts was Sunday, Feb. 10.
Controlled elk hunting: Although general season big game hunting is over, there remain a few youth and private land controlled hunts for elk that run until the end of February or March (please check the regulations for details on your hunt). These late season hunts are good opportunities for youth to get out in a different time of year when the elk tend to be herded up in larger groups and responding to changes in the weather. Hunters with tags for hunts on private lands have a good opportunity to still take an elk, and help address damage situations. Please pay careful attention to property lines during these late season hunts, and always ask permission to hunt on private property.
Cougar season is open statewide year-round or until zone quotas are met (see zone quota page). With our recent snowfall, now is a good time to go out and see if you can cut some fresh tracks and maybe call in a cougar. Please remember it is mandatory to check in any harvested cougar with ODFW, including the unfrozen skull, hide, proof of sex, and reproductive tract if female. Please call your local office to schedule the check in. For more information refer to page 62 of the 2019 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations.
Western gray squirrel: Western gray squirrel hunting remains open with no bag limit in that part of the Rogue unit south of the Rogue River and S Fork Rogue River and north of Hwy 140. See page 63 of the 2019 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations for more information.
Coyotes are abundant in our area. Remember to ask for permission to hunt on private lands. Hunters 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.
Dixon, Indigo, Evans Creek, Melrose, E Tioga and NE Powers Wildlife Management Units
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Elk: Several controlled elk hunts are ongoing. 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: 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.
Eurasian collared-doves: These non-natives are expanding throughout Douglas County. These birds have no protections in Oregon, so there are no closed seasons 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
W Tioga, Powers, and portions of Sixes Wildlife Management Units
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Coos Mountain Access
The Coos Mountain Access Area goes into effect Aug. 25 and will be in effect year-round for the next three years. This is the newest Access Area in Oregon and encompasses about 63,000 acres in the heart of the Tioga Unit. Within this Access Area most of the arterial roads are open for motor vehicle access and many, but not all, of the secondary roads are open for foot or bike access. This new Access Area was created in response to some private landowners in the area expressing a willingness to allow public access in a way that is compatible with their land management goals.
Lands within Coos Mountain Access Area provide excellent opportunities for big game and upland gamebird hunting and viewing. Roads that are open to foot or bike access also provide great opportunities to hike or use mountain bikes in conjunction with hunting and viewing in an area where those opportunities are not plentiful. Roads open to motor vehicles are marked with green dots. All other roads are open, only to foot or bike access. For information on Coos Mountain Access Area , contact The Charleston Field Office at (541)888-5515. Maps are available.
Elk: Populations are healthy in Coos County for the most part. Bull ratios are at or above management objectives for all units. Hunters will find success searching out places where elk move to escape vehicle traffic.
Considering the level of traffic typically seen during the general deer season, controlled bull hunts and the extended cow hunts, elk will have moved to places with the least human impact. One tip would be to check out the Coos Mountain Access Area in preparation of next season. Rules related to this area are designed to limit vehicle traffic and provide areas of refuge for elk and other animals. It also creates good hunting condition along roads that are open to foot or bicycle traffic.
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.
Eurasian collared doves: These non-native doves are found in Coos County. While they are generally found near residential areas, they can be found in other locations. They tend to be most common in association with agricultural lands and other rural settings. There is no closed season or bag limit for them and they are, reportedly, good to eat. Hunters need to get permission to hunt them on private land. With a little pre-hunt scouting it is possible to find the birds in sufficient numbers to have a quality hunting experience.
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.
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 on 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.