On June 12, 2014, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon State University Wildlife Extension began surveying Oregon hunters regarding their opinions and attitudes about lead ammunition, available alternatives, and strategies used in other locations to reduce the use of lead ammunition.
There are no proposals by ODFW or the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to ban or restrict the use of lead ammunition for hunting in Oregon. However, ODFW anticipates that events outside the state, like the restoration of condors in northern California, litigation, legislation or a ballot initiative could affect the use of ammunition, hunting and wildlife management in Oregon. Because of this, the department felt it important to clearly understand the views of hunters and the public before this issue develops further. The survey will ensure that those views are clearly understood and can be fairly represented in any future discussions regarding lead ammunition.
The Oregon State University Survey Research Center is conducting the survey on behalf of ODFW and OSU Wildlife Extension. More than 4,000 Oregon hunters were selected at random and asked to take the survey. A survey of the general public is planned for later in 2014.
The hunter survey is online for reference only.
A random sample of hunters has already been selected to take the survey. Those not selected to participate in the survey may send comments to ODFW.WildlifeInfo@state.or.us.
Send comments to ODFW.WildlifeInfo@state.or.us