Hunter-ed courses taken now will get kids afield this fall

Young guns who hope to hit the field for their first hunting experiences have opportunities now to get their hunter-education requirements handled or they will miss the upcoming seasons.

Hunter-education classes are taking registrations, and would-be hunters can also sign up for the required range days scheduled across Oregon in August and early September.

Too often would-be hunters wait until too close to the fall hunting seasons to seek out the hunter-education courses required....

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Hunters, anglers facing fee increases

Oregon deer hunters can expect to shell out $4.50 more to hit the woods next year, while steelheaders will be paying an extra $13.50 in licenses and fees under a compromise bill to help fund fish and wildlife budget woes beginning next year.

A suite of bills involving the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's proposed $350 million budget for the next two years includes a pared-down version of a fee-hike the agency sought to help settle a $30 million budget gap.

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