From the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission - Commission adopts big game regulations and plan to hire new director

Linda Marr Medford, Oregon - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations, which includes increasing the statewide cougar quota. 

Major changes include several modifications to archery season regulations as a result of the recent Archery Review Public Advisory Committee process, including:

  • Adding three controlled archery deer hunts in Walla Walla, Mount Emily and Wenaha units, and removal of the requirement to have a controlled elk archery tag to deer hunt. The tag will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Adding a new November controlled archery white-tailed deer hunt in the Wenaha unit (estimate 30 tags, will be the hunters only archery deer opportunity).
  • Severing the link between archery deer and elk tags in Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, Maury, and Warner units, meaning an archery elk tag will no longer be required to hunt deer.
  • Adding new Maury and Warner unit controlled archery elk hunts. Tags will also be valid during the general archery season.
  • Returning Sled Springs, Chesnimnus, and Steens Mountain units to the general archery deer season.

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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Free youth pheasant hunts around the state in September – Sign up now!

Free youth pheasant hunts in Oregon this September - image from the ODFW Facebook Page Salem, Oregon - Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can now sign up for free upland bird hunts being planned at 11 locations across the state in September (Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles/Wamic).

ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove may also be hunted. Volunteers from Oregon Hunters Association and other sportsman groups often bring their trained hunting dogs to guide participants. Some events also begin with a shotgun skills clinic, so participants can practice clay target shooting before hunting.

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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Shooting ranges can apply for grant through March 17

Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has first shot at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shotgun Range opening

Salem, Oregon — Non-profit shooting ranges based in Oregon are invited to apply for a cost-share grant to improve their facilities. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. PT on March 17, 2014.

The application can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/range_development.asp

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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Learn how to hunt with ODFW Outdoors

Oregon Pheasant Hunting success - Photos by ODFW -

Workshops in Monmouth, Maupin in January and February

Salem, Oregon - ODFW Outdoors is offering several small game and pheasant hunting workshops in January and February in Monmouth and Maupin.

These workshops are perfect for beginners because ODFW provides all the gear needed including shotguns, shells, eye protection, and hunter orange clothing. Each class begins with a basic hunter safety lesson and practice on the shotgun range. Then participants head into the field for a real hunt, guided by hunting dogs and their handlers. Finally, participants learn how to clean and prepare a bird, and go home with cooking tips and recipes.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Straight from the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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From Crimson Trace - Gear Up for the Shooting Range with Crimson Trace

Crimson Trace CRKT PICATINNY TOOLWilsonville, Oregon - Crimson Trace, the leading brand of laser sighting systems for personal protection firearms, now offers a wide assortment of shooting accessories to aid with practice at the range—and for firearms safety at all times.

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Two Days of Tactical Police Competitions in Southern Oregon

Shooting Bays for NRA Tactical Police Competition at the Jackson County Sports Park in Medford, Oregon

Medford, Oregon - The offices of NRA's Tactical Police Competition Division were empty today. Abandoned desks and cubicles decorated with phone directories, old programs, unclaimed trophies and souvenirs of cities that once welcomed them with open arms. The only clues as to where everyone went are taped to the hallway's whiteboard. Oregon. They've gone to Oregon.

A few phone calls revealed that most have been there for a few days now. Some as long as two weeks. Sounds reasonable. After all, it takes a while to put together a proper Tactical Police Competition.

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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Make the most of your child’s big game hunting opportunities

Sam Grandle with his dad Tim and his first elk, taken during the Glass Hill Youth Hunt (252T2) in northeast Oregon last year./>
Sam Grandle with his dad Tim and his first elk, taken during the Glass Hill Youth Hunt (252T2) in northeast Oregon last year.
Salem, Oregon - Many parents don’t know it but youth (ages 12-17) are guaranteed a controlled buck, antlerless deer and elk tag (100, 600 and 200 series) before they turn 18 under a special program called the “First Time Hunt” program. Here is how the program works:

  • Youth must apply in the regular controlled hunt draw (deadline May 15) and not draw a tag.
  • Once a youth draws a tag in a series, they are no longer eligible for the “First Time Hunt” program for that series.
  • After failing to draw a tag, youth should apply for a guaranteed First Time Hunt from July 1-Sept. 1.
  • Fill out the application and submit to Licensing Division from July 1-Sept. 1. Y
  • Youth must choose a hunt that meets the minimum tag allocation (at least 201 tags for buck deer/100 series hunts and 51 tags for elk/200 series and antlerless deer/600 series hunts). ODFW posts eligible hunts on the First Time Hunt page in late June of each year.

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New Zealand native Tiffany Piper with Larry and Brenda Potterfield

From Leupold & Stevens - Leupold® to Sponsor Bianchi Cup Junior Champ Tiffany Piper

Beaverton, Oregon – Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Tiffany Piper to the company’s stable of competitive shooters.

A regular atop the Bianchi Cup junior division, the 19-year-old New Zealand native is looking to pick up her first women’s title at the famed match this year. En route to her third junior title, Piper also finished third in the chase for the overall women’s title in 2012.

Beginning with air pistol as a 10-year-old, Piper moved up to a .22 rimfire by age 11 and .38 Super by age 12. Piper competed in her first Bianchi Cup when she was just 13. An accomplished action pistol shooter, Piper won four consecutive New Zealand national titles, four consecutive national junior titles and was part of the 2008 World Cup champion ladies team.

“It’s great to be a part of the Leupold family of shooters,” Piper said. “I’m looking forward to this year’s Bianchi Cup and shooting against the world’s best action pistol shooters.”

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