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Oregon hunters asked to take deer, elk season survey

Oregon resident hunters are asked to weigh in on their deer- and elk-hunting experiences from the current rifle and archery seasons this winter as part of an online survey state biologists will use possibly to tweak future seasons.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has contracted with the firm Responsive Management to collect input from resident hunters on the current season formats, their experiences with them and what they would like to see as possible changes to them going forward.

The input will be considered while crafting the 2021 big-game hunting seasons, according to ODFW.

The agency is in the midst of a review of primary deer and elk hunting seasons as part of an ongoing effort to improve big-game hunting seasons and associated regulations statewide, according to ODFW.

All hunters are encouraged to take part in the comment forum, which can be found at www.oregonbiggameforum.org through March 3.

Plenty of other public-comment opportunities will be available before the 2021 big-game seasons are set, particularly once the proposed changes for that season are crafted, according to ODFW.

Responsive Management will later conduct other research, including surveys of randomly selected people who commented through the online forum.

Responsive Management is a survey research firm that specializes in collecting public attitudes toward natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.

How to avoid wildlife encounters

The Oregon State University Extension Service is hosting a program Thursday in Central Point to help residents learn how to avoid and/or manage confrontations with wildlife ranging from rattlesnakes to black bears and cougars.

The program is headed by Kim Aufhauser, a long-time National Park Service ranger who teaches extensively in the area of law enforcement, wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.

The two-hour program begins at 6 p.m. at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

The cost for attendance is $15, or $25 for couples. OSU Extension Service volunteers receive a $5 discount.

To register, go to http://bit.ly/LandStewardClasses or call 541-776-7371.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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