Waterfowl Hunting Delayed on Coastal Refuges
Waterfowl hunting on Nestucca Bay, Siletz Bay and the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh will not open as hoped during the current 2013-14 waterfowl hunt season, which concludes on January 26th. Recently completed Comprehensive Conservation Plans propose to offer additional opportunties for waterfowl hunting on these three refuges. Currently those lands remain closed to waterfowl hunting while the new regulations undergo a required national review and publication process.
“Our staff worked very hard during 2012 and 2013 to prepare hunt plans to expand waterfowl hunting at Bandon Marsh Refuge and to open waterfowl hunting for the first time at Siletz Bay and Nestucca Bay refuges”, said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast Refuge Complex. The new hunt plan documents for the three refuges were submitted in a timely manner to the Washington DC office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, staff reductions there made it impossible to complete the mandatory planning and review process in time to open new hunts during the current hunting season. Authorization for new or expanded hunt programs on Refuges will become effective upon publication of the Final Rule in the Federal Register, which is expected to occur in February 2014.
“We were disappointed not to be able to provide public waterfowl hunting on refuge lands during the current waterfowl season,” said Lowe. Waterfowl hunting will be open on portions of Siletz Bay, Nestucca Bay and the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh throughout the 2014-15 waterfowl hunting season in accordance with State and Federal waterfowl hunting regulations.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:05 AM in Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex