ODFW Hears Briefing on Black-Tailed Deer Harvest Season Decisions

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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last week heard two information briefings on 2004 ocean salmon seasons and 2005 black-tailed deer hunting seasons and in preparation for decision-making later this spring.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly.

Black-tailed deer seasons under consideration:

The Commission last week heard a briefing on the current options for 2005 black-tailed deer hunting seasons under consideration for the June meeting. Public comment on the options will be taken during public meetings held throughout the state starting in late April and continuing through May.

The Commission will consider:

* Increasing the current telephone survey of harvest success to more than 25 percent of hunters, but avoiding a mandatory reporting;

* Retaining the bag limit of “one buck deer having not less than a forked antler;”

* Retaining the existing firearm season structure of 35 days: Oct. 1 – Nov. 4;

* Reducing opportunities to obtain more than one deer tag by eliminating the some 800 series “additional deer” hunts and converting 800 series preference points to 600 series hunts;

* Continuing a five-year trend to reduce tags for antlerless/spike deer hunts;

* Delaying any changes to archery seasons until results of hunter survey and public review process is complete;

* Changing the High Cascade buck hunt to be a hunter's sole hunting opportunity for 100 series buck deer and lengthening the season to 16 days.