Input Sought on Big Game Tag Numbers

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Hunters: Have you ever wanted to recommend increasing the number of tags available for a hunt? Or that hunter crowding needs to be addressed with fewer tags? Now is your chance.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host public meetings around the state in May to gain input from hunters and other Oregonians about tag numbers for controlled big game hunts and pending regulation changes. Proposals are available by contacting an ODFW office or calling the ODFW Wildlife Division at (503) 872-5260.

Many hunts in Oregon are "controlled" by limiting the number of hunters who can participate in a particular hunt. Hunters must apply for most big game controlled hunts by May 15. A lottery is held to award the tags to applicants.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will set the number of tags available for the 2002 big game hunts at its June meeting. Commissioners will receive a summary of all the public input before the meeting.

The following public meetings are scheduled:

Ontario: Monday, May 6 at 7 pm, Malheur County Extension Office, 710 SW 7th Ave.;

Canyon City: Monday, May 6 at 3 — 7 pm, ODFW, 305 N Canyon Blvd.;

Baker City: Tuesday, May 7 at 8 am — 6 pm, ODFW, 2995 Hughes Lane;

Salem: Tuesday, May 7 at 7 - 9 pm, Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Bldg 50, Room 111;

Lakeview: Wednesday, May 8 at 3 — 7 pm, ODFW, 101 North "D" St.;

Newport: Wednesday, May 8 at 3 —7 pm, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Room 9;

Heppner: Wednesday, May 8 at 4 —7 pm, ODFW, 430 Heppner-Lexington Highway;

Springfield: Thursday, May 9 at 7 — 9 pm, ODFW, 3150 East Main St.;

LaGrande: Thursday, May 9 at 2 — 7 pm, ODFW, 107 20th St.;

Monument: Thursday, May 9 at 3 — 7 pm, Monument Senior Center;

North Bend: Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm, North Bend Library;

Clackamas: Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 — 9 pm, ODFW, 17330 SE Evelyn St., Bldg;

Seaside: Thursday, May 9 at 3 — 7 pm, Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A;

Grants Pass: Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm, JJ North’s, Grants Pass Shopping Center;

Roseburg: Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm, ODFW, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway.

Hunters may also testify at two upcoming Commission meetings. They are scheduled for Friday, May 10 at the Red Lion Hotel in Medford and Friday, June 7 at the ODFW Headquarters Office in Portland. Written comments are also welcomed. They may be sent to ODFW Wildlife Division, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207 or emailed to