ODFW hosts meetings on hunting and trapping seasons for 2015

The public can weigh in on proposals for big-game, game-bird and furbearer hunting and trapping seasons for Oregon in 2015.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials will host meetings statewide in early May during which they will provide information about big-game herd health and populations and propose the number of controlled big-game hunting tags to issue for this year.

Staff will also review concepts for possible changes to the 2015 big-game regulations, including any changes to archery seasons recommended by the Archery Review Public Advisory Committee.

Locally, meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Eagles Lodge, 2000 Table Rock Road, Medford; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Elmers Restaurant, 175 N.E. Agness Ave., Grants Pass.

Staff proposals for tag numbers, ARPAC recommendations and other proposed 2015 regulations changes will be available at the meetings and posted on the hunting section of ODFW's website by May 1.

Upland game bird seasons and furbearer regulations also will be discussed. Upland game bird seasons are reviewed every five years and seasons structures are due for review this year.

Oregon offers general seasons and controlled hunts for big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, cougar and black bear). The number of tags for controlled hunts is limited and hunters must apply for them by May 15 each year (or Feb. 10 for spring bear hunts).

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to adopt 2014 fall big-game tag numbers at its June 5-6 meeting in Salem.

The public can provide comments at the meetings, send letters by email to odfw.comments@state.or.us, or mail to ODFW Wildlife Division, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, OR 97302.

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