Oregon hunting tag proposals are similar to 2010

Southwestern Oregon hunters can expect similar seasons to last year under a set of hunting-tag proposals now being floated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for public vetting.

Agency leaders will hold a public meeting Thursday in Medford to gather local comments on this year's set of tag proposals.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eagle's Lodge, 1170 Table Rock Road. It will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, and the public is invited.

Most tag numbers are similar to last year, though some are down slightly. The biggest changes come in Northwest Oregon, where black-tailed deer numbers have dropped below desired levels, so ODFW biologists have proposed major cutbacks in doe tags there.

Public comments will be added to a packet of proposals that will go before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in June.

To view the various tag proposals for specific hunts, see www.dfw.state.or.us. Even though tag numbers have yet to be set, hunters have until May 15 to apply for this year's crop of controlled hunts and, as usual, hunters are waiting until the last minute to apply.

ODFW biologists are expecting more than 375,000 applications for tags this year, but as of May 1 only 120,151 applications had been processed, ODFW Wildlife Division spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says.

Applications are handled at point-of-sale license outlets, online or at ODFW field offices statewide.

Casting for Recovery golf benefit set at Stewart Meadows

The Southern Oregon chapter of Casting for Recovery will hold a golf tournament in June to raise money for its ninth annual fly-fishing retreat for breast cancer survivors.

The retreat will run Sept. 9-11 at the Big K Guest Ranch near Elkton and it is open to any Oregon woman who has had breast cancer. Potential retreat visitors have until July 1 to apply, and they can do so online at www.castingforrecovery.org.

The golf tournament will be held June 11 at Stewart Meadows Golf Course. It's a nine-hole, four-person scramble event and costs $50 per person, with carts extra.

The fee includes green's fees, lunch and a door-prize ticket. The deadline for registration is May 27.

For information, call Marty Phillips at 541-878-4886.

Bass tourney scheduled at Howard Prairie Reservoir

The Rogue Valley Bassmasters club is hosting an open tournament June 5 at Howard Prairie Reservoir. Participants do not have to be members of the club.

Up to 24 two-angler teams will be accepted. The cost is $100 per team, plus a $5 insurance fee. Participants also must show proof of at least $300,000 in liability insurance.

The tournament will be run out of the lake's Klum Landing.

For details and an entry form, see www.roguevalleybass.com or call Scott Copple at 541-621-3600.

Entry forms must be received by May 29.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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