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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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