UPDATE: June 4th 2010 - For what we thought were Nesting Bird Regulations, the latest release from ODFW is the final draft May 2010 on "Hunting Dog Training Rules". The ruling appears to have more to do with bird dogs and it is not quite clear if it also includes hounds. Here is the Matrix proposed by ODFW.
Type of Training
|Release and/or take domestically raised or imported wildlife. Imported animals also require ODA import permit and disease free certification||Yes||Yes||Oregon revised Statute 498.052 requires a permit prior to release of domestically raised imported wildlife.|
|Take exempt animals fro training or by aid of a dog||Yes 1||No 1|
|Release exempt animals (Rock Doves)||No 1||No 1||Landowner/manager must allow release|
|Train dogs without releasing or taking wildlife||No 1||No 1|
|Release game birds during authorized game bird seasons (season bag limits apply)||Yes||Yes||Any person granted authority to release birds for training during a hunting season is required to have a permit for the release and must stop the taking of ALL birds when a legal limit of unmarked birds is reached.|
|1 Permit would be required for training activity on department owned or controlled lands or any land if specifically designated by the department as critical wildlife habitat.|
More details can be found on the 'Final Draft May 2010 Division 46 - Proposed Revision Competitive Trials, Commercial and Individual Training for Hunt Dogs."
The date for the management plan had been announced as June 4th 2010, Salem Oregon, 1pm. Apparently there was a change in the date and the Rabbit / Coon hunting was being considered on June 3rd. Management at Suavie Island was still informing people that there was to be an 'Informal' meeting about Rabbit huning on the 4th of June as planned. Not so, and news has not really gotten around as to what the out come was from the June 3rd management meeting. Apparently some of the coonhunters did stand and give testimony, but no rabbit hunters were available - they were still showing up on the 4th!
On June 4th - the management meeting focused on fishing, trapping and other items. Members from MPHC announced support of the trappers in the wanted change of Bobcat collection numbers.
Once again the hunter has been left out to dry by being misinformed and not paying close enough attention to the antics of the OFW department.