ODFW Seeks Input on Fall Hunting Seasons

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host 21 public meetings in May to accept public comment on proposals for the number of tags for this fall’s controlled big game hunting seasons and the 2005 hunting regulations.

ODFW biologists will explain each of the proposals at the informal meetings scheduled statewide between Monday, May 3, and Thursday, May 20. The proposals call for a reduction in the authorized numbers of controlled deer and controlled elk tags, and an increase in the number of controlled tags authorized for bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, pronghorn and spring bear. Proposals are available later this week by contacting an ODFW office or by calling the ODFW Wildlife Division at (503) 947-6300.

In Oregon, two types of hunting seasons are authorized: general season and controlled season. During the controlled seasons, the number of tags is limited and hunters must apply for them by May 15. There is no limit to the number of general season tags sold.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, the rule-making body for ODFW, will set the number of tags available for the 2004 controlled hunts at its June 11 meeting in Baker City. Commissioners will receive a summary of all the public input before the meeting.

The following public meetings are scheduled:

ONTARIO: Monday, May 3, 7-9 p.m., Malheur County Extension Office, 710 SW 5 th Ave.;

HEPPNER: Tuesday, May 4, 3 –7 p.m., ODFW, 54173 U.S. Highway 74;

NORTH BEND: Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m., North Bend Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.;

REDMOND: Wednesday, May 5, 7-9 p.m., Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Dr.;

BURNS: Thursday, May 6, 7 – 9 p.m., Museum Clubroom, 18 West ‘D’ Street;

CORVALLIS: Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m., ODFW, 7118 N.E. Vandenberg Ave.;

MEDFORD: Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m., J.J. North’s Grand Buffet, 1016, N. Riverside Ave.;

SALEM: Monday, May 10, 7 - 9 p.m., ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. N.E.;

BAKER CITY: Tuesday, May 11, 7 - 9 p.m., Baker School District, 5J Administration Bldg, 2090 4 th St.;

EUGENE: Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., EWEB North Training Room, 500 E. 4 th Ave.;

LA GRANDE: Tuesday, May 11, 3 – 7 p.m., ODFW, 107 20 th Street;

LAKEVIEW: Tuesday, May 11, 4 – 8 p.m., ODFW, 101 North ‘D’ Street;

SEASIDE: Tuesday, May 11, 3 - 7 p.m., Seaside Convention Center, 415 First Ave.;

THE DALLES: Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m., Spooky’s Pizza, 3320 W. 6 th St.;

GRANTS PASS: Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m., Wild River Restaurant, 533 N.E. “E” St.;

NEWPORT: Thursday, May 13, 5 – 8 p.m., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Room 30;

PRAIRIECITY: Thursday, May 13, 4 – 7 p.m., Prairie City Ranger District, Strawberry Conference Room, 327 Front St.;

PENDLETON: Thursday, May 13, 3 – 7 p.m., ODFW, 73471 Mytinger Lane;

CLACKAMAS: Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 – 9 p.m., ODFW, 17330 SE Evelyn St., Bldg 16;

ROSEBURG: Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m., ODFW, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway; and

KLAMATH FALLS: Thursday, May 20, 7 –9 p.m., Shasta View Hall, 5831 Shasta Way.

Hunters also may testify at two upcoming Commission meetings. They are scheduled for Friday, May 14, at ODFW headquarters in Salem, 3406 Cherry Ave. N.E. and Friday, June 11, in Baker City. Written comments are also welcomed. They may be sent to ODFW Wildlife Division, 3406 Cherry Ave N.E., Salem 97303.