Bear hunting season opens April 1 in Oregon

Bear hunting season opens April 1 in Oregon
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From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Controlled spring hunts for black bear will open in both the Coastal and Cascade big game management units of northwest Oregon on April 1, 2010.

The bears in the Coast Range and at low elevations are generally the first to become active each spring. Bear activity in the Cascades and at higher elevation will increase later in the spring.

Bears feed heavily on grasses and other plants in the early spring and hunters should concentrate their scouting around meadows, stream riparian zones and open hillsides. Tracks, scat and other bear sign should be easily located in areas that bears are frequenting. Glassing clearcuts and other openings early in the morning can be another productive method to locate bears. Hunters are reminded to check the 2010 Big Game Regulations for their exact hunt boundaries, season dates and requirements for checking in their bear. Some private timberlands may be open for hunting during this season. Please check with the landowner before hunting on private lands.

Hunters are reminded that the skull of any bear taken must be presented to an ODFW office or designated collection site within 10 days of the kill to be inspected, tagged and have a pre-molar tooth removed for aging. Only the skull is required for the check-in and it should be unfrozen when presented. ODFW staff recommends that the hide be removed, by the hunter or taxidermist, before check-in and to call ahead to make arrangements to have the bear checked since biologists located in field offices may be out in the field handling other issues.

Please review the 2010 Big Game Hunting Regulations before your hunting trip to ensure that you are familiar with all of the requirements.

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