ODFW Closes Hunting And Fishing To Non-Oregon Residents

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-Oregon residents due to concerns about travel to the state to participate in outdoor activities.  ODFW officials say they are hearing concerns from rural communities about people visiting to hunt and fish and placing additional burdens on the communities’ limited resources.   The closure will go into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m., and will extend until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to travel into Oregon.  The order does not apply to anyone living in Oregon for less than six months who has not yet established residency.  ODFW monitoring has shown that while Oregonians are still participating in fisheries, clamming, shed hunting, and wildlife viewing it is in significantly lower numbers and that the majority of participants are doing it close to home and practicing social distancing.  ODFW field staff monitoring participation in the field say they have seen out of state license plates and out of state angling and shellfish licenses in use.  Department staff is also fielding numerous calls from non-residents inquiring about plans come to Oregon to hunt or fish.

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