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Oregon adopts 2018 Big Game Regulations

SALEM, Ore. — The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted Big Game Regulations when it met today in Welches, Ore.

There are a few changes including shifts in season dates. The Commission updated language to make it clearer that mechanical and moveable blades are not lawful to use for archery hunting.

The Commission declined to expand the prohibition on night vision optics until they further explore the issue.

The Commission also approved funding for several recommended Access and Habitat projects to improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon.

The Commission heard updates on several issues including sea lions’ impact on Willamette River winter steelhead, sage-grouse conservation efforts, and the Wolf Conservation and Management plan which is in the process of being updated. No action was taken on these issues.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state and it typically meets monthly. Its next meeting is Oct. 13 in Prineville.