June, 8 2014 – Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board
Today (June, 5 2014) at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting the OOC and our partners at the Oregon United Sporting Dog Association and the Oregon Trappers Association defeated a proposal to reduce the Eastern Oregon Bobcat annual bag limit from 5 to 3 per harvester per year.
The vote was unanimous to retain the current bag limits and season dates for the next two years. Factual testimony overruled the lack of scientific information on why the reduction was proposed by ODFW staff and why the proposed reduction was needed.
In other words we were successful in thwarting another attempt to reduce Oregonians right to harvest one specific component of our sustainable natural resources. This is just another example of the Oregon Outdoor Council fighting the anti-wildlife harvest elements in Oregon. I encourage you to use the form in the upper right corner to subscribe to our emails.
Below is a press release from ODFW on the commission meeting.
June 5, 2014
SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission set 2014 fall controlled big game tag numbers and 2014-16 trapping regulations today during a meeting in Salem.
A total of 134,312 big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, Rocky Mtn goat, bighorn sheep) tags will be available in the draw, the number and type proposed by ODFW staff. Draw results will be available by June 20 online at My Hunter Information or by calling the automated line at 1-800-708-1782. This year for the first time, ODFW will not be mailing postcard notifications of draw results. Hunters need to check for results themselves online or by phone.
Trapping regulations were adopted as proposed by staff, except the Commission declined to reduce the annual eastern Oregon bobcat limit from five to three. The annual bobcat limit in eastern Oregon will remain at five for the 2014-16 seasons.
The Commission heard about proposed concepts to change 2015 big game regulations. These will get final consideration in October. Learn more about the concepts by viewing the agenda item packet.
The Commission approved funding for Access and Habitat projects recommended by the A and H board. These will provide hunting access or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon.
It also set the number and type of 2015 auction and raffle big game tags available, which will be the same as last year. In 2014, auctions and raffles generated $630,711 for wildlife management and research and hunter access, including new records for a bighorn sheep tag ($155,000) and deer and elk raffle sales ($133,509).
The Commission reduced the price of the 2015 Habitat Conservation Stamp from $40 to $20. These are stamps people can purchase voluntarily to support the conservation of high priority native species and habitats identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.
Finally, the Commission was briefed on the proposed 2015-17 ODFW budget. They will give it final consideration during an Aug. 1 meeting in Salem.
The Commission will meet again tomorrow, June 6, to discuss fish management issues. The meeting begins at 8 a.m.