Or. Admin. R. 635-075-0022 - Landowner Hunting Preference Tags for Mule Deer

(1) This rule further implements HB 2027A whereby the 2013 Legislative Assembly directed the Department through the commission to specify a formula that bases the number of landowner preference tags available for mule deer on the management, research, and habitat needs set forth in the wildlife management plan for mule deer.
(2) For purposes of this rule, the population management objectives (MOs) for each wildlife management unit that were adopted by the commission in August 2016 are considered representative of the management, research, and habitat needs for mule deer.
(3) The formula to determine the number of landowner hunting preference tags available for buck deer in a unit is as follows:
(a) In those wildlife management units where the estimated mule deer population is less than 60% of the established population management objective, the number of landowner hunting preference tags available for buck deer in that unit may be limited to five tags or 10 percent of the total controlled buck tags authorized for the public for each hunt in that unit by the commission, whichever is greater.
(b) In those wildlife management units where the estimated mule deer population is equal to or more than 60% of the established population management objective, but less than 80% of the established population management objective, the number of landowner hunting preference tags available for buck deer in that unit may be limited to five tags or 15 percent of the total controlled buck tags authorized for the public for each hunt in that unit by the commission, whichever is greater.
(c) In the Biggs, Columbia Basin, and Mount Emily wildlife management units, and in the NE Owyhee 167A hunt area, and in those wildlife management units where the estimated mule deer population is equal to or more than 80% of the established population management objective, the number of landowner hunting preference tags available for buck deer in that unit may be issued based upon a landowner's acreage as set forth in 635-075-0005(8).
(d) If conditions such as but not limited to disease or harsh winter weather occur, resulting in adoption of a Temporary OAR to reduce 100 Series mule deer tags by equal to or more than 25% from the number authorized by the Commission in areas listed or described in 635-075-0022(3)(c), Limited Landowner Preference mule deer tags in those areas may be limited as described in 635-075-0022(3)(b).
(4) If landowner preference tags remain from the controlled hunts described in 635-075-0022(3)(a) or (b) after the game mammal controlled hunt drawing, the Department will issue remaining tags to qualified landowners as described in 635-075-0024.
(5) Landowner Hunting Preference Tag numbers for mule deer in 2022 will be adopted by temporary rule prior to the June 2022 controlled hunt draw.

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Or. Admin. R. 635-075-0022
DFW 1-2015, f. & cert. ef. 1/6/2015; DFW 69-2015, f. & cert. ef. 6/11/2015; DFW 81-2016, f. & cert. ef. 6/27/2016; DFW 27-2017, f. & cert. ef. 3/21/2017; DFW 48-2017, f. & cert. ef. 4/24/2017; DFW 179-2018, amend filed 12/04/2018, effective 12/4/2018; DFW 180-2019, amend filed 12/19/2019, effective 12/19/2019; DFW 67-2020, temporary amend filed 06/09/2020, effective 6/9/2020 through 12/1/2020; DFW 154-2020, amend filed 12/18/2020, effective 12/18/2020; DFW 71-2021, temporary amend filed 06/09/2021, effective 06/09/2021 through 12/01/2021; DFW 183-2021, amend filed 12/30/2021, effective 12/30/2021

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Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 496.138, 496.012, 496.146 & 496.162

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 496.138, 496.012, 496.146 & 496.162

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