ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet in Salem on Dec. 7

Tweet ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee to meet in Salem on Dec. 7 November 28, 2017 SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Commission Room at the ODFW Headquarters Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive in Salem. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes STEP program planning, STEP program updates, and review of mini-grant applications. The Oregon Legislature created Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. The committee’s 13 members are appointed by the Governor and represent all areas of Oregon. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at (800) 720-6339 or (503) 947-6002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information on the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program visit the ODFW Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP/ or call program staff at (503) 947-6211. ### Contact: Kevin Herkamp (503) 947-6232 Read more at...

Crab harvesting reopens on a portion of Oregon coast

Tweet Crab harvesting reopens on a portion of Oregon coast November 22, 2017 Click map to enlarge The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial bay crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the north jetty of Coos Bay. The reopening includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Crab samples taken from the area indicate levels of domoic acid have dropped and remain below the alert level. The recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed coast-wide on Oct. 16. Crab harvesting remains closed from the California border to the north jetty of the Coquille River (including the Coquille estuary), and from Tahkenitch Creek (north of Winchester Bay) to Cape Foulweather (north of Newport). Crabbing north of Cape Foulweather to the Columbia River remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Today’s test results and health advisory come at a complicated time of year for Oregon’s crab fisheries. By rule, Dec. 1 is Oregon’s earliest annual start for ocean crabbing, for both commercial and recreational fisheries. However, this year, due to low crab meat yield and elevated levels of biotoxins in some areas, much of Oregon’s ocean area remains closed to crabbing after Dec. 1. Additional testing for meat yield and biotoxin levels will continue at least through the end of December. For both recreational and commercial crab fishermen, below is a simple guide for what is currently open and closed. Before you go crabbing, please confirm the status of ODFW/ODA harvest areas...

Youth can apply to hunt deer at C2 Ranch near Medford – Deadline Nov. 30

Tweet Youth can apply to hunt deer at C2 Ranch near Medford – Deadline Nov. 30 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 CENTRAL POINT, Ore.—ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program and the C2 Ranch are offering youth hunters with a 630T Rogue Unit youth deer tag the chance to hunt deer on the ranch’s 9,500-acre property near Medford this year. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30 and 16 winners will be drawn on Dec. 1. Each winner will get a one-day guided hunt. A parent or other adult can also accompany the youth hunter. Find the PDF application at https://myodfw.com/articles/c2-ranch-hunt-application and follow the directions to apply. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30. It is free to apply and free to hunt for the hunters that win the opportunity. All winners are still responsible for purchasing a hunting license and a deer tag. Winners will need to contact the ranch to set up a hunting time. The A&H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The A&H Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses, big game auction and raffle tag sales. ### Contact: Jeannine Smith (541) 826-8774 jeannine.c.smith@state.or.us Read more at...

Madras man cited for failing to follow import restrictions to keep Oregon CWD-free; Carcass of first free-ranging Montana deer to test positive for CWD brought to Oregon

Tweet Madras man cited for failing to follow import restrictions to keep Oregon CWD-free; Carcass of first free-ranging Montana deer to test positive for CWD brought to Oregon November 17, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—Last week, Montana reported its first case of a free-ranging deer testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The deer was harvested by a Montana hunter and its carcass was brought to Oregon by the hunter’s relative, who lives in Madras. The parties involved failed to follow regulations that prohibit certain parts of deer, elk and moose that contain central nervous system tissue (where the prion that causes CWD is most concentrated) from being brought into Oregon. People hunting in states with CWD who harvest a deer, elk or moose may only bring back parts without spinal cord or brain tissue (e.g. antlers on a clean skullcap). See page 29 of the Oregon Big Game Regulations under “Parts Ban” for more information. ODFW and OSP contacted the relative late last week after learning from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks that the deer had tested positive for CWD. They discovered that prohibited parts containing neurological tissue had been brought into Oregon and had been disposed of in the local area following butchering. ODFW and OSP immediately retrieved these deer parts for safe disposal. Some parts of the deer also went to a landfill. ODFW was unable to locate and retrieve these parts, as too much time had passed since their disposal. However, the parts are deeply buried and will not come into contact with deer or elk, so are considered a low risk to free-ranging wildlife. Following investigation,...

Fish for free the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving; #Optoutside and fish, crab, clam on Nov. 24 and 25

Tweet Fish for free the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving; #Optoutside and fish, crab, clam on Nov. 24 and 25 Thursday, November 16, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—ODFW is waiving all fishing licensing requirements on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to #optoutside with friends and family during the long holiday weekend. On Nov. 24 and 25, 2017, all fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free for both Oregon residents and non-residents. That means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days. All other fishing regulations apply. Below are some good bets for fishing, crabbing or clamming on Thanksgiving weekend. For more, check ODFW’s Recreation Report, which is updated on Wednesday each week. Be sure to check water conditions and the weather forecast before heading out and dress appropriately. If you’re heading to the coast, be wary of high surf. Trout: Lakes and reservoirs across Oregon have been stocked with trout in recent weeks, and several western Oregon lakes will be stocked the week of Nov. 20 including: Waverly Lake (Albany), Emigrant Lake (Ashland), Hyatt Reservoir (SE of Ashland), Applegate Reservoir (SW of Ashland), Expo Pond (Central Point), Faraday Lake (Estacada), Blue Lake (Fairview), St Louis Ponds (Gervais), Reinhard Park Pond (Grants Pass),  Mt Hood Pond (MHCC-Gresham), Junction City Pond, Medco Pond (east of Lost Creek Lake), Willow Lake (east of Medford), Agate Reservoir (White City/Medford), Garrison Lake (Port Orford), Walter Wirth Lake and Walling Pond (Salem), Alton Baker Canal (Springfield) and Progress Lake (Tigard). Winter steelhead: Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of winter steelhead season on the coast, and some early returning hatchery...