ODFW has been reviewing big game hunting to simplify regulations, provide fair and consistent opportunity and ensure biological objectives are met. Here's how you can be a part of the review process.
The Department has been working for several years to conduct a complete review of big game hunting seasons and associated regulations.
This year’s review has been focused on eastern Oregon deer and elk archery seasons and the timing of West Cascade deer and elk season.
ODFW is collecting input on the following changes we are considering proposing:
2021 Proposed Controlled Hunts (incl. tag numbers)
The Department’s Wildlife Division and wildlife biologists are collecting hunter input on the changes that are being considered. We will use this input to inform the development of final proposals for 2021 big game hunting seasons.
Due to COVID-19 safety measures, ODFW is not hosting public meeting around the state. Hunters can provide input to Department staff via this online form. In addition to state level public outreach, ODFW district biologists will be conducting local outreach. If you have area specific questions or input, you can contact ODFW district wildlife staff at the these locations.
As part of the Big Game Review, the Department prioritized collecting unbiased information on the preferences and opinions of Oregon’s deer and elk hunters. Responsive Management, a survey and research firm specializing in hunting, fishing and natural resources survey work, was contracted to survey Oregon hunters. Survey efforts began in 2019 with over 2,000 randomly selected hunters being surveyed on their satisfaction, weapon preferences, factors influencing hunt choices, and other issues important for the Department to know.
In early 2020, an online public forum was launched for 30 days so all hunters could provide input on deer and elk hunting season and other issues that were important to them. The forum provided an opportunity for hunters to share ideas and opinions prior to the Department developing proposed changes to 2021 hunting seasons. Following the online forum, another survey was conducted of 4,000 randomly selected Oregon resident deer and elk hunters. This survey focused on preferences and opinions on specific issues related to changes being considered for 2021 hunting seasons.
Final Department proposed 2021 hunting seasons and controlled hunt tag numbers will be posted to this website by mid-August. Once this information is available, hunters can submit comments to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunters are encouraged to wait until final proposals are posted, so they are commenting on final Department proposals. Find more information on how to submit comments to the Commission or testify in-person.
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