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  • Tuesday deadline arrives for hunt tags

  • Big-game hunters have until Tuesday night to apply for tags for upcoming controlled hunts, and a breakdown of the numbers shows plenty of hunters are expected to stand in lines at license outlets over the next four days.
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  • Big-game hunters have until Tuesday night to apply for tags for upcoming controlled hunts, and a breakdown of the numbers shows plenty of hunters are expected to stand in lines at license outlets over the next four days.
    Through Sunday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had processed 153,064 applications for big-game controlled-hunt tags, which is fewer than half of the applications the agency expects to process for this year's hunts.
    Last year, ODFW processed more than 380,000 applications, so plenty more are expected to flood agency computers by Tuesday night.
    Applications will be accepted until just before midnight, but most stores that contain point-of-sale computer systems close before that.
    Hunters uninterested in waiting in lines, however, can apply for tags online at or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license.
    The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to adopt tag numbers for each controlled hunt during its June 7-8 meeting. Results of the random draw should be available by June 20.
    The first Rogue River spring chinook salmon entered Cole Rivers Hatchery this week, almost a month after anglers started catching them along the hatchery dike.
    Thirty-eight chinook were tallied Wednesday when hatchery workers cleared the fish trap there, says interim manager David Pease. The first of them likely reached the trap over the weekend, he says.
    Last year's first chinook reached the hatchery collection pond April 16. This year, the first chinook were caught just a few yards from the trap entrance a month ago.
    The likely reason for the late showing is high and cool water in the Rogue the past month, Pease says. But flows started to drop and warm a bit this past week, and those conditions tend to spur migration.
    Likewise, the spring chinook bite started to pick up this past week for upper Rogue anglers from Shady Cove up to the hatchery.
    How to put together your own fly-fishing trip to southeast Alaska will be discussed Wednesday during the regular monthly meeting of the Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association.
    Lee Hibler's presentation, called "Doing Alaska on Your Own," will be drawn from 24 years of experience putting together float trips on southeast Alaskan rivers, where he fishes for rainbow trout, arctic char, dolly varden, grayling and coho salmon.
    The meeting will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host "Wet Fly" social hour, followed by dinner, club business and Hibler's presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
    For information on the association, see www/rogueflyfishers.org.
    The local Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold its annual fundraising banquet Saturday at the Ramada Convention Center, 2250 Biddle Road, next to Food 4 Less in Medford.
    The group puts on the banquet and auction each spring to raise money for local shooting-range improvements, shooting clubs and youth activities.
    The event includes a live auction, silent action, raffles, games and door prizes.
    Buffet tickets cost $35 each.
    For tickets and other information, call Diana Bauman at 541-772-4970, Tom Maddox at 541-621-8215 or Duane Mackey at 541-664-1032.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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