Big Game And Turkey Rule Changes Discussed By ODFW

Local ODFW offices will host a series of public meetings around the state to discuss 2018 big game regulations, a revised Wild Turkey Management Plan and other issues. See the schedule of meetings below. Hunters and anyone interested in big game hunting and turkey management are welcome to attend the meetings to ask questions and provide feedback. Highlights to be discussed at the meetings include:

Wild Turkey Management Plan Update: The state’s Plan for managing its turkeys was last updated in 2004. Staff biologists are working on updating the Plan, with major changes including revising trap and transplant guidelines for logistic efficiency (for example, so nuisance turkeys are relocated to closer districts), aligning disease testing protocols with new translocation guidelines for birds, and putting more attention on solutions for turkeys causing nuisance and damage, especially in western Oregon. See a draft updated Plan and other information at

2018 big game tag numbers: Buck deer tag numbers are proposed to be reduced 4.5% and antlerless deer 5.5% due to last year’s tough winter in parts of eastern Oregon and because more hunters are actually purchasing the tags they draw, which decreases the level of correction. (ODFW calculates the number of tags that are drawn but not actually purchased and corrects tag numbers by that level to maximize hunting opportunity.) Elk tag proposals also declined slightly because more hunters are buying the tags they draw.

Hunting technology and methods: ODFW has heard from people supportive of prohibiting baiting game mammals (deer and elk) and adding language that prohibits the use of night vision technology for hunting. The department is looking for public comment on these proposals.

For more details on proposed 2018 tag numbers and other changes being considered, visit ODFW’s Hunting page and see 2018 Regulations – Public Meetings July 6-20 information. Public comments can also be provided by emailing The Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to adopt 2018 Big Game Regulations at its Sept. 15 meeting in Welches. Public testimony will also be heard at that meeting.

Questions or comments about bird hunting regulations are also welcome during these public meetings.  Game bird regulations will be adopted in April 2018.

Public meeting locations:

Lakeview July 11 6 – 8 pm Eagles Lodge

27 South “E” Street, Lakeview OR

Redmond July 11 6 – 8 pm Redmond High School, Community Development Rm

675 SW Rimrock, Redmond OR

Ontario July 11 12 – 7 pm (MT) Ontario ODFW Field Office (Open House)

3814 Clark Blvd, Ontario, OR

Roseburg July 11 6:30 pm ODFW Roseburg District Office

Conference Rm, 4192 N Umpqua Hwy, Roseburg OR

Springfield July 11 6:30 – 8:30 pm Oregon Dept. of Forestry

3150 East Main St, Springfield OR

Newport July 11 6 pm OSU Extension Office

1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, OR

Burns July 12 7 – 9 pm Harney County Community Center

484 N Broadway, Burns OR

Heppner July 12 6 pm ODFW Heppner District Office

54173 Highway 74, Heppner OR

La Grande, Baker & Enterprise July 12 6 – 9 pm La Grande City Library, Conference Room

2006 Fourth St, La Grande, OR 97850

John Day July 12 5:30 – 7 pm John Day District State Forestry Office

415 Patterson Bridge Rd, John Day OR

Charleston July 12 7 – 8:30 pm North Bend Public Library

1800 Sherman Ave, North Bend  OR

Pendleton July 12 4 – 7 pm ODFW Umatilla District Office

73471 Mytinger Lane, Pendleton, OR

Klamath Falls July 13 6 – 8 pm Shasta Grange Hall

5831 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls OR

The Dalles July 13 6 pm The Dalles Screen Shop

3561 Klindt Dr, The Dalles OR

Clackamas July 19 5:30 – 7:30 pm ODFW Clackamas District Office (Open House)

17330 SE Evelyn Street, Bldg 16, Clackamas OR

Grants Pass July 20 7 pm Elmers Restaurant

175 NE Agness, Grants Pass OR

Information provided by ODFW