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Changes To Oregon Upland Bird Hunting Proposed; Comment Open

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Upland bird hunters have a chance to weigh in on possible changes to upland bird hunting seasons as ODFW is considering the framework for 2020-2025 seasons.

SYNCHRONIZING THE START OF WESTERN OREGON FALL TURKEY SEASON WITH EASTERN OREGON’S AS WELL AS EXTENDING THE HUNT THROUGH JAN. 31 ARE AMONG THE CHANGES TO UPLAND BIRD HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES THAT ODFW IS LOOKING FOR COMMENT ON. CARL LEWALLEN GOT THIS ONE IN LATE 2019 ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STATE. (COAST HUNTING PHOTO CONTEST)

ODFW sets the general framework for upland bird hunting seasons once every five years, rather than making major changes annually, because upland bird numbers can fluctuate widely each year.

Long-term changes in upland bird numbers are largely due to the quality and quantity of habitat available, with little impact from hunting,” explains Mikal Cline, ODFW Upland Bird Coordinator. “Our goal is always to maximize upland game bird hunting opportunities while adequately protecting bird populations.”

Some staff proposals being considered are:

·        Open mountain quail season statewide with a 10-bird bag in western Oregon and a 2-bird bag limit in eastern Oregon. Hunters have the potential to encounter mountain quail in every county of the state due to successful translocation efforts in eastern Oregon. This change would protect hunters who may not be able to distinguish mountain quail from California quail on the wing, while still maintaining a conservative management approach. This change also aligns mountain quail seasons with California quail seasons in Hood River and Wasco counties, but does reduce the bag limit for mountain quail from 10 to 2 and delays the mountain quail opening until the second Saturday in October in these two counties. (Previously, hunters could hunt mountain quail in Hood River and Wasco counties on Sept. 1, but not California quail.) Similar to western Oregon, eastside quail bag limits would be combined (e.g. 10 birds singly or in aggregate with mountain quail, within the daily bag limit you may not have more than 2 mountain quail.)

·        Eastern Oregon upland bird seasons (chukar, pheasant, mountain quail) opening changed from “Saturday closest to Oct. 8” to “second Saturday in October.” This change is necessary to adhere to a season opening one week after most eastern Oregon controlled deer seasons begin. Controlled deer seasons are proposed to open the first Saturday in October beginning in 2021. This change would not affect the proposed 2020 eastern Oregon upland bird opener, which is already scheduled for the second Saturday in October.

·        Extend fall turkeys season to Jan. 31 statewide. Extending the hunting season for fall turkey by one month will allow additional opportunity for hunters and provide a tool for managers dealing with nuisance and damage, particularly on private land. Many fall turkey tag holders do not actually use their tags and harvest is low (approximately 1,000 birds statewide in 2018). Eastern Oregon fall turkey hunting seasons will remain private lands only from Dec. 1 – Jan. 31.

·        Change western Oregon fall turkey opener to be concurrent with eastern Oregon. Currently western Oregon fall season opens on Oct. 15 and the eastern Oregon season is proposed to open on the second Saturday in October. Having a concurrent opener simplifies regulations and adds more hunt days to the western Oregon fall turkey season.

·        Remove caps on total tags available for Oregon fall turkey hunts. Wild turkey populations continue to expand throughout Oregon. Western Oregon fall turkey tags have never sold out, so tag limits are not necessary. Eastern Oregon fall turkey tags always sell out, but based on mandatory reporting, harvest rates and actual hunter participation are low. Removing artificial tag caps will increase opportunity for hunters and provide an additional tool for Wildlife Districts seeking to address turkey damage using licensed hunters.

·        Eliminate White River WMU controlled fall turkey hunt (ending fall turkey hunting on the wildlife area and unit). The White River WMU hosts one of the most popular spring turkey hunts in Oregon with the highest hunter density. Maintaining the White River WMU turkey population is a management priority, but hunter success continues to decline. Fall seasons are a management tool to control turkey populations by potentially removing breeding hens from the flock, and therefore incompatible with White River WMU turkey management goals. Removing the White River Controlled Fall Turkey Hunt (K41) also simplifies turkey hunting regulations by removing the last controlled turkey hunt in the state.

To comment on these proposals, or make other suggestions, contact Mikal Cline, Mikal.L.Cline@state.or.us, (503) 947-6323.

The Commission will adopt a framework and 2020-2021 Game Bird Regulations at their April 17 meeting in Reedsport. Interested people can also testify in person about the topic at the meeting.

Oregon Upland Birdhunters Asked To Drop Off Forest Grouse, Quail Wings, Tails

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW is asking successful forest grouse and mountain quail hunters to return a wing and a tail from each bird they harvest.

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Look for collection barrels (often bright blue with yellow signs, see photo) at major road junctions or highways in popular hunting areas. You’ll also find barrels at some ODFW offices and popular rural markets.

To find specific barrel locations see the map below, or call the ODFW office closest to your hunt.

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How to submit your wings and tails

·        Clip the right wing close to the bird’s body.  Submit the left wing if the right wing is damaged (i.e. worn or missing feathers).

·        Remove all tail and rump feathers by skinning out the lower 2 to 3 inches of the back of the bird and clipping off the tail.

·        Place wing and tail together in provided paper bag, and write the date of kill and general location where indicated.  Please do not use plastic bags, they speed decomposition and make the wings and tails hard to use.

·        Put the wing bags inside the collection barrel or drop them off at the nearest ODFW office. We can also send you additional bags and postage-paid return envelopes, if you need them. Call 503-947-6301 for additional bags and envelopes.

Why ODFW collects wings and tails

Biologist use the wings and tails to collect information on species, age, hatch date, recruitment and sex ratios of the birds. They’ll use this information to get a clearer picture of grouse and quail populations that will help determine hunting seasons. Since wing collections started in 1980, hunters have submitted more than 30,000 grouse wings!

Wing analysis is only one of several surveys ODFW uses to monitor forest grouse and mountain quail populations in Oregon. The wing data complements other information gathered in production and harvest surveys.

The season for forest grouse is Sept. 1 through Jan. 31 statewide. There is no open season for spruce grouse.

Mountain quail seasons vary across the state:

Western Oregon, Hood River and Wasco counties, Sept. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020.

Crook, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Klamath, Umatilla, Morrow and Wallowa counties, Oct. 5, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020.

Remaining eastern Oregon counties — no open season.