Oregon waterfowl hunters will see their record run of long duck seasons reach the sweet 16 mark this fall as yet another maximum-length hunting season awaits.
Solid duck counts along the Pacific Flyway, as well as decent local duck production, means Oregon hunters again will have 107 days of duck hunting this fall and winter.
The seasons, based on frameworks crafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, were adopted Friday in Salem by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The duck and merganser season opens Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 25 in Zone 2, which includes Klamath and Lake counties, as well as most of Eastern Oregon. After a short break, hunting resumes Nov. 28 and runs through Jan. 20.
Duck hunting in Jackson County and the rest of Western Oregon opens Oct. 13 this year and runs until Oct. 21. Hunting then reopens Oct. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The daily limit remains seven ducks.
As in past years, the season sports 105 shooting days for adult waterfowl hunters, with two days set aside for the annual federal waterfowl youth hunt set for Sept. 22-23.
Southwest Oregon's goose-hunting season opens on the same day as duck season, but it halts Nov. 30 and resumes Dec. 8. Goose hunting locally will end on the same day as duck season, as well.
Klamath County's goose season opens Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 25 before it takes a brief hiatus and reopens Dec. 10 and runs through Jan. 27.
The late seasons in Klamath and Lake counties, as well as the South Coast Zone, will open Feb. 23 and run through March 10.
The limits remain four dark and six white geese a day.
The commission set the seasons based on a traditional framework that backloads hunting dates to focus more effort in January and less in October. They are nearly identical to last year's dates.
The staggered seasons are designed to make better use of weather conditions for hunting in the different zones.
Also, the commission set the Southwest Oregon September season for Sept. 8-12.
The Rogue Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is taking reservations for its annual fundraising dinner and banquet set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Ramada Inn in Medford.
DU remains a world leader in wetland preservation and restoration, with the bulk of the work coming from local fundraising efforts such as this one, says Clark Bonner, the chapter's chairman.
DU has invested more than $3 million in Oregon projects over the years.
Along with the traditional auction and raffle offerings, the chapter will have eight exclusive "gun tables" where a gun will be raffled off amongst the guests at that table.
For information about how to donate to the event and for tickets, call Ed Santa Maria 541-690-1520.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.