Oregon's hunting and angling regulations for 2012 are now available online and in sporting-goods' stores, and this year's hunting synopsis features some eye-popping photos of Oregon animals taken by women in the field.
On the cover of the new hunting regulations are pictures of two women with the deer and elk they killed in Eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
On the left is a Rocky Mountain elk taken in 2010 in the Starkey Unit by Amanda Alexander of Anderson, Calif., who later mailed the photograph of her bull elk to ODFW headquarters, says ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy.
On the right is a photo of Natalie "Naas" Sutter of Salem with a mule deer buck she shot in the Fossil Unit near her hometown of Mitchell, Dennehy says. Alexander is an ODFW employee.
The cover photo on the angling regulations booklet shows fly-fisher Dee Dee Phillips of Portland casting a fly for cutthroat trout on Drift Creek near Lincoln City. The photo was taken by Jessica Sall, ODFW's Fish Division spokeswoman.
The full regulations for both hunting and fishing can be read and downloaded from ODFW's website at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/licenses_regs/.
Agency biologists typically target the first week in December for public dissemination of the next year's regulations.
Oregon State Parks Department day-use parking passes are on sale through December for those who regularly visit state parks and state-operated boat ramps.
The department annually puts its park passes on sale for $25 — or $5 off — each December to lure Oregonians into buying them as holiday stocking stuffers.
The permit is required at 26 Oregon state parks, including TouVelle State Park. It also is recognized at Jackson County boat ramps along the Rogue River as part of a reciprocity agreement for river-users there.
State parks visitors who do not have long-term passes must purchase $5 daily permits.
The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast.
The coastal passports are on sale for $30 — regularly $35 — in December.
The various passes are available at most sporting goods stores, as well as at the customer service center at many larger retail chains.
Bragging rights will be on the line Thursday, Dec. 8, when the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association holds its annual horns and antlers night in Medford.
During the annual event, chapter members bring in the antlers and horns from animals they killed this year, with the best specimens earning plaques.
The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour, with a ham dinner starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is at the Eagles Lodge, 2000 Table Rock Road, Medford.
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