Hunters Asked to Check Fire Restrictions

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters to call ahead and learn the current access restrictions before choosing their hunting camp. Fire conditions have led some managers to close their lands to the public.

Many hunters are planning to participate in general season archery hunts for deer and elk that start Saturday. Bear and cougar seasons are open statewide as are several controlled hunts for antelope, bighorn sheep, antlerless deer and antlerless elk.

Fire closures are in place on federal lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, and private lands in Douglas and Coos Counties. Additional fire closures are expected on short notice. ODFW has compiled a list of phone numbers for hunters to access the latest information and has posted it to the Web at www.dfw.state.or.us/fire_drought.htm.

While access to particular lands may be closed, the hunting season is not. If all opportunity is restricted to hunt a particular season, affected hunters may be provided options as directed by ODFW's fire policy. The policy is posted on the Web at: www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrWild/fireaccess_guide.htm.