Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider 2014 big game seasons, and new Columbia Basin fishing endorsement at Oct. 3-4 meeting in Newport September 27, 2013 Oregon

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Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider 2014 big game seasons, and new Columbia Basin fishing endorsement at Oct. 3-4 meeting in Newport  September 27, 2013 Oregon, ODFW News
... The meeting on Friday, Oct. 4 will begin at 8 a.m. at the Hallmark Resort Inn at 744 SE Elizabeth St. in Newport, OR 97365.  The Commission will be asked to adopt the 2014 Big Game Regulations. No major changes are proposed, but slight adjustments proposed by ODFW staff include:  Delete and add several bighorn sheep hunts, to account for shifts in population. Add or delete several controlled deer and elk hunts in response to property damage or population changes. Expand Jackson Travel Management Area by 12 square miles. Create new Meacham TMA in Umatilla and Union Counties (41 square miles of Hancock Forest Management lands near town of Meacham) which would open three days prior to archery deer and elk seasons. Allow use of nontoxic round balls or nontoxic conical bullets with a density similar to lead during muzzleloader seasons. Remove prohibition against hunting cougar or bear during deer and elk seasons for the standard Rocky Mountain antlerless elk hunts.
Remove Alsea and Trask from units where archers and hunters with disabilities may take an antlerless elk, due to elk populations being below management objective.
     The Commission also will be asked to adopt rules to implement recently passed legislation that will enable nonresident uniformed personnel to hunt or fish in Oregon for same cost as residents, and raise the agent fee for non-resident hunting licenses and tags from $2 to $10. The Commission may also discuss the use of crossbows, which are currently prohibited to hunt game animals in Oregon. Some members of the public have proposed allowing the use of crossbows for some hunters with disabilities. ODFW staff has not made any recommendation to the Commission on the proposal.



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