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Bear hunting tags going fast as deadline looms

Spring bear tags for the Southwest Oregon hunt could be a tough ticket today as hunters gobble up the last few hundred of the 4,000 tags offered for this spring's hunt.

As of Wednesday morning, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had about 400 spring tags for the Southwest Oregon bear hunt, according to Michelle Dennehy, the agency's Wildlife Division spokeswoman.

Today is the last day to apply for controlled spring bear tags elsewhere in the state, which increases demand for the first-come, first-served Southwest Oregon hunt. The agency separated the Southwest Oregon hunt from the other controlled hunts because of its size and popularity.

The Southwest Oregon hunt encompasses all of Jackson, Josephine, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties, along with portions of Lane County.

The hunt opens April 1 and runs through May.

Those who buy one of these first-come, first-served tags are eliminated from applying for a controlled tag elsewhere in Oregon. Also, those who apply for a spring bear tag elsewhere in Oregon are banned from buying a tag for the Southwest Oregon hunt.

Results for the controlled-hunt drawings will be available online by Feb. 20 at www.dfw.state.or.us.

Fly-fishing opportunities on Idaho's Salmon River will highlight the discussion Wednesday night in Medford when the Rogue FlyFishers Association holds its monthly meeting.

Mary Ann Dozier, who is part owner of a Corvallis fly shop and a seasonal guide in Idaho, will offer a presentation on fly-fishing options not only on the Salmon River but also on the Big Wood and Big Lost rivers, as well as the Silver Creek Preserve.

Dozier guides for the Silver Creek Outfitters in Stanley, Idaho.

The meeting opens with a 6 p.m. "Wet Fly" social hour, followed by dinner, club business and then Dozier's program at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave. It is open to the public.

For information on the Medford-based association, check the group's website at www.rogueflyfishers.org.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.