Commission adopts 2013 fall big game tags June 8, 2013 Oregon

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Commission adopts 2013 fall big game tags June 8, 2013 Oregon, ODFW News
     The Commission adopted final 2013 controlled big game tags based on ODFW staff recommendations at its meeting in Tigard today.  A total of 131,954 controlled hunt tags for fall deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat tags are available for the controlled hunt draw. Hunters will be notified of results no later than June 20...
      The Commission also heard about some proposals for 2014 big game regulations. They directed ODFW staff to further explore a proposal that would allow some disabled hunters to use crossbows during archery season. Currently, crossbows are not a legal weapon to hunt game animals in Oregon. Also at the October meeting, Commission will consider whether to change rules that require archery deer hunters to have a controlled archery elk tag in some units. Final decisions on 2014 big game regulations will be made at the October meeting in Newport.
     The Commission allocated the same number of tags that were available this year for next year’s big game auctions and raffles, which raise money for hunting access, wildlife management and research, and sponsoring sportsman organizations.

Fish and Wildlife Commission to set big game regulations and coastal salmon seasons at June 6-7 meeting May 23, 2013 OFW News Release
     The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to set 2013-2014 big game regulations and 2013 coastal fall salmon seasons during its two-day meeting in Tigard on June 6-7. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. both days at the Washington Square Embassy Suites, 9000 SW Washington Square Rd., Tigard, OR 97223.
On Friday, the Commission will turn to wildlife issues.
     The Commission will be asked to adopt final 2013 big game tag numbers and concepts for 2014 big game regulations. At this time ODFW staff is not proposing major regulation changes for 2014. Final 2014 regulations will be adopted at the October Commission meeting in Newport. 
     Total controlled tags for the 2013 fall seasons are proposed to change very little from 2012 seasons. See the full list of hunts and proposed tag numbers here. Overall, 2013 spring surveys found good winter survival in many deer and elk herds. The dry fall in 2012 resulted in herds going into winter with fall fawns and calves in less than ideal condition, but the mild winter moderated the impact to some herds. ODFW will have more details about what hunters should expect in its Fall Hunting Forecast, published annually in early September. ODFW processed 374,022 controlled hunt applications for the fall 2013 season. Mail-order applications are still being processed so the final number may be higher. (The deadline to apply was May 15.)  
     Members of the public who can’t attend the Commission meeting in-person can follow the proceedings via live video streaming (requires Adobe Flash). The full meeting agenda and link to video streaming are on theODFW website


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