[ODFW-News] Commission approves 2006 big game hunting regulations

ODFW News Odfw.News at state.or.us
Fri Oct 7 15:14:05 PDT 2005

For Immediate Release Friday, Oct. 7, 2005

Commission approves 2006 big game hunting regulations

SALEM - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at its regular monthly
meeting today in Salem approved big game hunting regulations for 2006.
Major changes include a 5-percent increase in spring bear hunting tags
statewide, to 6,778 tags. A new spring bear hunt in the Hood Unit is
The statewide cougar harvest quota is increased, from 580 to 668. The
check-in requirement is expanded from 72 hours to 10 days, recognizing
the needs of hunters in remote areas and those on extended hunting
Bighorn sheep hunters will see five new hunts throughout existing units.
Rocky Mountain goat hunters will have an additional four days in their
hunts. A second hunt for pronghorn antelope is added in the Whitehorse
Unit, with 80 tags estimated for 2006. 
Archery elk bag limits will be changed for 2006. The standard bag limit
will be a legal bull, except in units where herd levels allow antlerless
harvest. Biologists will propose units for antlerless animals to be
included in the bag limit, following herd surveys each spring. A list of
proposed "antlerless or legal bull" units will be available by May 1. 
The Ochoco Management Unit, east of Prineville, will become a controlled
archery hunt for elk in 2006. Bow hunters will need an Ochoco archery
elk tag to hunt deer in the unit. The tag also will be good in general
season areas. 
Details soon will be available on ODFW's Web site, www.dfw.state.or.us
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