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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

For immediate release
Thursday, September 12, 2003
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young
Information and Education Division
(503) 947-6020
3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97303-4924



Strategies for 2004 Black-Tailed Deer Hunting Season Presented

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission heard several options available for the 2004 black-tailed deer hunting season to address concerns of declining populations.

Tom Thornton, game program manager for ODFW, said hunting seasons are not driving the black-tailed deer population in western Oregon. However, hunter success and buck to doe ratios have declined over the past 20 years. In addition, deer hair loss syndrome and changes in land management practices have affected black-tailed deer populations.

Thornton presented the following options for consideration:

- Shorten the rifle season, especially the late season;
- Reduce or eliminate spike deer harvest;
- Reduce antlerless deer tags;
- Shorten antlerless deer hunts;
- Reduce the number of unit-wide hunts;
- Shorten the early archery season;
- Reduce or eliminate late archery season;
- Change archery bag limit to two-point or better;
- Reduce or eliminate late archery harvest;
- Reduce or eliminate antlerless harvest through bag limit restrictions;
- Reduce number of leftover tags for sale; and
- Offer leftover tags only to hunters with no tag.

The Commission will consider the options next month in Roseburg.






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