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  • Deer-elk combo tag sets another record

  • A Pendleton man paid a record $48,000 for an Oregon combination deer and elk hunt auctioned March 1 in Las Vegas as part of a fundraiser to boost big-game management in the state.
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  • A Pendleton man paid a record $48,000 for an Oregon combination deer and elk hunt auctioned March 1 in Las Vegas as part of a fundraiser to boost big-game management in the state.
    Calvin Spratling's winning bid was $3,000 higher than the previous record, which was set in 2010, for the Oregon Governor's Combination Deer and Elk Tag.
    The tag was auctioned by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation during its Elk Camp event.
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers deer, elk, sheep and other high-profile tags in auctions, with 90 percent of proceeds going to big-game management and research, says Michelle Dennehy, ODFW Wildlife Division spokeswoman.
    The combination tag allows Spratling to hunt elk, black-tailed or mule deer anywhere in Oregon where there is an authorized deer or elk hunt. The hunt season is elongated, running from mid-August through late November.
    It's one of 11 tags auctioned annually to raise money for wildlife management.
    Spratling's bid was the second record bid garnered by an Oregon raffle in less than a month.
    Kevin Small of Bakersfield, Calif., paid $135,000 for an Oregon bighorn sheep tag auctioned Feb. 2 by the Foundation for North American Sheep at its annual Sheep Show in Reno, Nev., to raise money for bighorn sheep management in Oregon.
    Small's winning bid was $5,000 higher than the previous record, which was set in 2005 and matched in 2011.
    Urban ponds in Central Point and Grants Pass were stocked this week with rainbow trout.
    Expo Pond at the Jackson County Expo Park received 11,400 legal-sized rainbow trout Tuesday from Cole Rivers Hatchery along the upper Rogue River near Trail.
    Also on Tuesday, Reinhart Pond at the Grants Pass Sports Park received 300 rainbows.
    The fish are all a little longer than 8 inches and are legal to keep when caught. The limit at both ponds is five trout a day over 8 inches, but only one can be longer than 20 inches per day.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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