ODFW commissioners have scheduled an upcoming public meeting in Bend to discuss and then vote on acceptance of proposed changes to the Oregon Wolf Plan.
Commissioners will also consider the request to set the 2011 Oregon big game regulations including season dates, open areas, bag limits and the scheduling of statewide youth hunts. An informational update on the Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy, and a decision on whether to make the wearing of hunter orange a requirement are also on the agenda.
The meeting will be held at the Deschutes County Service Building, 1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200, in Bend. Commissioners will convene at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 and will carry over any agenda items not addressed on Thursday into Friday, Oct. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the wolf plan revisions at the Friday meeting.
The wolf plan revisions are being submitted for commissioner consideration as part of a required 15-year reassessment of the state's wolf plan. The updates include changes to help ODFW improve implementation of the plan.
Commissioners set tag numbers and approved, in principle the 2001 hunting seasons, according to ODFW. Responding to public response, ODFW staff amended regulation proposals to allow use of bow-mounted cameras and lighted bow nocks, and the use of crossbows for some hunters with disabilities. Commissioners plan on issuing a decision on allowing the use of any legal firearm during pronghorn, deer and elk hunts. Allowing sport pac hunters to use deer tags for antler-less hunts is also up for decision.
ODFW is cooperating with other agencies and private entities on the Sage-Grouse conservation plan revisions, and staff will present an informational update to commissioners during the meeting.
Five options will be considered for the proposal to require the wearing of hunter orange while hunting for game mammals and upland birds excluding turkeys. The options range from no action to requiring all hunters to don hunter orange upper garment and hat.