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Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Makes 'Hunter Orange' Mandatory for YouthMatt Lintz Salem-News.com
Kids must wear hunter orange by 8/1/11...unless they're already in the safety habit.
(BEND, Ore.) - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today made wearing hunter orange mandatory for youth 17 years of age and younger. The rule will take effect August 1, 2011.
The rule will require the wearing of a hunter orange upper garment OR hat for youth hunters while hunting game mammals and upland birds (except turkey) with any firearm.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission also set the 2011 Oregon Big Game Regulations which include season dates, bag limits and open areas, statewide youth hunts, and other information.
There were several additions to the 2011 big game regulations including allowing the use of any legal weapon during "rifle" pronghorn, deer and elk hunts; and allow hunters who bought a Sport Pac to use the deer voucher for 600 series hunts.
Changes for 2011 include:
The Commission decided to continue current regulations and not allow archery hunters to use lighted nocks or cameras. It also decided not to begin a pilot program that would have allowed crossbows for some hunters with disabilities.
The Commission is expected to take action on the Updated 2010 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and hear an informational briefing on the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon, a recovery plan for the species.
If the Commission does not finish today it will meet again tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200, Bend.
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