Goose and Waterfowl Hunting Open on Bandon Marsh
Goose and waterfowl hunting on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Coos County began with the regular goose season opening on September 29 and continues with the opening of waterfowl hunting on October 13. Bandon Marsh NWR is the only available public goose and waterfowl hunting lands within the Coquille River watershed and provides hunters the opportunity to harvest a variety of geese, dabbling ducks and coot. All state of Oregon waterfowl regulations apply to hunting on the refuge. Construction of permanent blinds is not permitted on the refuge, but hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the refuge. Hunters should review the 2012-2013 Oregon Game Bird Regulations www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl published by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife prior to going afield.
The portion of the Bandon Marsh NWR west of Highway 101 and outside of Bandon city limits is open for waterfowl hunting during all authorized waterfowl seasons, excluding the September Canada goose season. The southern 1/3 of this part of the refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon, where it is illegal to discharge firearms by Oregon state law. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs. Refuge lands east of U.S. Highway 101, known as the Ni-les'tun Unit, remain closed to hunting. Call South Coast Refuge Manager David Ledig at 541-347-1470 for more information, or visit www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/index.htm and follow the link to the Bandon hunting map.
On September 18, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans and Environmental Assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Bandon Marsh NWR which includes a proposal to expand waterfowl hunting to include the Ni-les'tun Unit. The Draft CCP/EA describes a vision for the Refuge and presents goals, objectives, and strategies for management over the next 15 years. The Draft CCP/EAs are available for review and comment until October 22, 2012. The Service invites the public to review the plan and encourages active participation. Copies of the plan are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon and Coquille. The full document may be accessed online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the main Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550. Comments can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed by October 22, 2012, and should be addressed to Roy Lowe, Project Leader, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; fax number (541)867-4551; or e-mail Oregoncoastccp@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:12 PM in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR