Oregon Hunting News

Wildfire Damaged Wildlife Habitat Rehabilitation Grants Available
Along with timber and homes, critical wildlife habitat is being affected by this summer's extensive wildfires. To encourage private landowners to act quickly to address habitat damage to their properties caused by wildfire, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Access and Habitat Program has earmarked $100,000 in emergency funds for projects to reseed burned areas.
Biologists Watch Forest Fires for Wildlife Effects
With the fire season still young, wildlife biologists wait and hold their breath. "We haven't seen much direct loss," said Craig Foster, a wildlife district biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Lakeview. "This isn't like the Pines Springs Basin fire of '89 moving 70 miles an hour and catching deer and elk."
Big Game Controlled Hunt Records Consolidated
An analysis of the results of the 2002 controlled hunt draw found that 3,600 hunters had multiple records in the computerized system, which affected draw results. ODFW staff told the Commission that an additional 1,474 tags were awarded as a result of the analysis because the affected hunters should have been successful in the draw.
Big Game Tag Numbers Set
Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission completed the final stage of the 2002 big game regulations process with their adoption of big game tag numbers. Archery deer hunters got some good news with a change in bag limit in several units across central Oregon. Hunters in the Hood, Biggs, Fort Rock, Heppner, Maupin, Silver Lake units, and that part of the Columbia Basin unit open to archery hunting, as well as in the White River unit outside the National Forest, will be allowed to harvest any deer instead of the previous bag limit of one buck. This is the first year this bag limit applies to the Maupin unit. Commissioners voted also to recognize the Canyon Creek archery-only area with traditional archery limitation for the first week of the general season.
Input Sought on Big Game Tag Numbers
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.
Big Game Hunts Application Reminder
State wildlife officials remind big game hunters that the deadline to apply for this fall’s controlled hunts is quickly approaching. Hunters should submit their application through their local license agent, ODFW office, or mail order well before the May 15 cutoff to avoid long lines and potential computer problems.
Tuberculosis Survey Public Meetings
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host five informational meetings around the state next week to describe an ongoing tuberculosis investigation in eastern Oregon wildlife and to answer questions. Biologists from ODFW and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will present details on the disease and its transmission risks, current findings, and plans for ongoing research and sampling. ODFW and ODA confirmed the presence of tuberculosis (TB) in one farmed elk late last year. Since then, state and federal agencies have worked to determine the source of the TB and whether it is present in the wild.
Bighorn Sheep Reintroductions
Eighty-one California bighorn sheep are now adjusting to their new homes in four locations across the state thanks to cooperative efforts of several organizations and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. California bighorns were gone from Oregon by about 1915, due to unregulated hunting and diseases contracted from domestic sheep. The first successful effort to re-introduce bighorn sheep to Oregon was completed in 1954, when 20 California bighorns were moved from Williams Lake, British Columbia to Hart Mountain.
Computerized Licensing System Functioning Normally
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today said the computerized licensing system appears to be functioning normally and will allow hunters and anglers to obtain a valid license, as required, to hunt and fish on Thursday.
Hand Written Licenses
The computerized licensing system to issue hunting and fishing licenses remained shut down Monday afternoon due to problems with a new software program, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Officials are working to get the system operational as soon as possible.