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Aug. 28 is deadline to purchase bow tag: Check fire restrictions before going hunting

August 21, 2009


Brewer's Blackbird
Joseph Miller of Central Point took this 7x7 bull elk in the Rogue Unit on the opening morning of archery season last year. He was hunting while home on two weeks leave from serving with the U.S. Marines overseas.

SALEM, Ore.Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT is the deadline to purchase a general season deer or elk archery tag. The season opens Saturday, Aug. 29.

Purchase tags online, at an ODFW office that sells licenses, at license sales agent or by mail or fax order. Remember to check store hours of license sales agents before going to purchase a tag. ODFW offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Deer tags are $19.50 for residents, $264.50 for non-residents and elk tags are $34.50 for residents and $361.50 for non-residents.

Last year, ODFW issued 31,529 archery deer tags and 31,877 archery elk tags.

Hunt safely and ethically; check fire restrictions

Bow hunters are reminded to hunt safely and ethically. Be sure of your target and what is in front and beyond it before taking the shot. Remember to hunt thically when around guzzlers or other water sources.

Bow hunters also need to check with land managers about any fire closures or restrictions that could affect access before heading out for archery season. According to the Inciwebsite, there are currently eight active fires in Oregon.

Some areas of the state have fire restrictions in place. Specific information about restrictions can be found on theOregon Department of Forestry’s website and hunters should also check with land managers for specific restrictions. Common restrictions include:

  • Prohibition of smoking, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and at designated locations.
  • Open fires such as campfires, charcoal fires, and cooking fires may be restricted to designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are often allowed.
  • The use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, may be prohibited, except on improved roads.
  • Possessing the following fire equipment while traveling in timber, brush or grass areas may be required: one axe at least 26 inches in length, with a head weighing at least 2 pounds; one shovel at least 26 inches in length, with a blade at least 8 inches wide; and one gallon of water or one fully charged and an operational 2.5 lb or larger fire extinguisher.

Hunters and others planning trips into Oregon’s wild areas should be prepared to be flexible with their plans if they encounter access restrictions. ODFW does not close hunting seasons due to fire danger. Hunters may need to use a different area if their favorite hunting spot is the site of an active fire or if a private landowner has closed access due to fire danger. Below are websites that can provide information about closures and restrictions.




Michelle Dennehy
(503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748

Fax: (503) 947-6009
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