Hunters should review 2013 big game regulations

Before going into the outdoors in pursuit of big game mammals, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and Oregon State Police remind hunters to review the 2013 Oregon Big Game Regulations for important information, including:

Significant changes in bag limits for elk hunters have eliminated the harvest of antlerless elk on National Forest lands of the Cascade’s west slope units including Dixon, Evans Creek, Indigo, McKenzie, Rogue and Santiam. Archery hunters should also pay close attention because in past years they were allowed to harvest antlerless elk in most of these units.

These changes are in response to concerns about overall elk populations and calf recruitment, so hunters going to these areas are urged to study the regulations closely to learn about legal bag limits for their hunting season.

Hunters with an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permits should closely review the regulations for bag limit changes during elk seasons. The harvest of antlerless elk on National Forest lahttp://www.hoodrivernews.com/admin/news/story/add/#nds was eliminated for persons holding those permits (check page 88).

Hunters who possess controlled elk hunt tags should closely review both controlled hunt bag limits and hunt area boundaries.

Also, due to high fire danger this year many private landowners will either limit or not allow access to hunters, especially during early seasons. It is the responsibility of every hunter to know the access policies for any private land they intend to hunt.

It is never an excuse to not have received permission to hunt on anyone’s private land. Questions about access to private lands for hunting should be directed to the respective landowner.

Copies of the 2013 Oregon Big Game hunting regulations may be obtained from any point of sale license agent, at any ODFW office, online at http://bit.ly/14Eoxuf.

Questions about the hunting regulations can be directed to any local ODFW or OSP office.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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