Deadline approaching for Oregon controlled-hunt tag applications

Oregon hunters planning fall forays have a May 15 deadline for controlled hunt applications.

Apply online, at a license sales agent or an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office that sells licenses by 11:59 p.m. May 15 to get a shot at controlled-hunt tags for most big-game species.

The cost is $8 per application, and hunters need a 2018 annual hunting license to apply.

While it doesn’t pay to be a latecomer to the drawing, it certainly seems to be an ingrained trait among Oregon hunters.

ODFW processes more than 465,000 applications annually, and typically about half of those come in the last week, and more than 70,000 on the final day.

Many hunters wait until the last minute to apply, which can cause long lines at stores and ODFW offices, ODFW Wildlife Division spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says.

The agency has reduced tag numbers for some Eastern Oregon big-game hunts to account for high winter mortality of deer and pronghorn in some Eastern Oregon units, the agency says.

ODFW used the controlled-hunt lottery as a way to mete out tags and distribute hunting pressure for specific hunts and species. It does not include general-season hunts such as deer and elk hunts in the south Cascades.

YOH Day set for May 19 at Denman

The Rogue Valley’s younger outdoors enthusiasts will have a chance to test-drive a variety of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing, during a free event Saturday, May 19, at the Denman Wildlife Area.

Young Oregon Hunters Day will give youth ages 5 to 16 a chance to try such activities as trout fishing, tomahawk throwing, shotgun and archery shooting, laser shooting and flint knapping.

They’ll have a chance to learn to identify animal species by their pelts.

The 17th annual event, often referred to as YOH Day, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denman, 1495 E. Gregory Road in White City. Parental consent and chaperones are required.

The event is sponsored annually by the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, along with ODFW and Black Bird Shopping Center.

Food and beverages will be available, and a free raffle drawing will occur. However, drawing participants must be present to win.

Family fishing event in Grants Pass

A state-local partnership will bring a free trout-fishing event Saturday to Reinhart Park in Grants Pass.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will center around the pond, which will be stocked with 100 rainbow trout in the 12- to 14-inch range. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide bait, gear and assistance.

Kids 11 and younger can fish for free, while those 12 to 17 need a $10 youth license that is also good for hunting, fishing and shell-fishing. Adults need a one-day or annual Oregon angling license.

Licenses are not for sale at the event, and all fishing regulations apply.

Private partners in the event include the Crater Bass Club and Middle Rogue Steelheaders.

To get there, from Interstate 5, take Exit 55 and go two miles on the Grants Pass Parkway. Turn right onto SE M Street, which becomes SW Bridge Street. Go one mile and turn left onto Lincoln Road/OR-260 for almost a half-mile. Turn left onto Webster Road to the park. Look for a banner and racks of fishing rods by the pond.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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