William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Announces Fall Black-tailed Deer Hunt
Sallie Gentry, (541) 757-7236
Hunters and other visitors to William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge will see significant changes to the annual black-tailed deer hunt beginning this season. Highlights include an expanded hunt season, expanded hunt area, permitting use of muzzleloaders during specified dates, and allowing use of the state 615 Willamette Unit antlerless tag. These changes to the current hunt were put into place after a public comment period and are designed to provide increased recreational opportunities.
The Refuge archery season begins on August 25th and ends September 23rd. The hunt will take place in the same designated Refuge area as in previous years, referred to as Zone 1. Valid state 615 tags may be used from September 1st through September 23rd using archery only. Hunting with a valid state 615 tag continues in Zone 1 from September 24th through September 28th, using archery, shotguns using buckshot or slugs, and muzzleloaders. The general gun season for Zone 1 begins on September 29th and runs through October 31st.
The extended hunt period takes place on November 1st and 2nd in the newly designated hunt area, referred to as Zone 2, which includes Bald Top, Woodpecker Loop, Intertie Trail, and Mill Hill Trail. Hunters must possess valid state 615 tags or general season deer tags. Hunt methods are restricted to archery, shotguns using buckshot or slugs, and muzzleloaders. Zone 2 will be closed to all other public access during the two-day hunt.
Self-service hunt kiosks will be located off Finley Refuge Road across from the Turtle Flats Restroom, and off Bruce Road near the east end of McFadden Marsh bridge. Maps and regulations will be clearly posted at the hunt kiosks, as well as on the Refuge website at http://www.fws.gov/willamettevalley/finley.
Only black-tailed deer may be hunted. All other hunting is prohibited. Hunting is permitted seven days a week from ½ hour before legal sunrise to ½ hour after legal sunset. Only shotguns using buckshot or slugs and muzzleloaders for the restricted firearms deer hunt may be used during the designated dates. Either sex deer may be harvested with appropriate state-issued tag. Overnight camping and after hours parking is prohibited on the Refuge. All hunters must complete a Big Game Harvest Report (FWS form 3-2359), available at the self-service hunt kiosks, after each hunt day. Hunters may use portable or climbing deer stands but must remove them from the Refuge daily. Hunters must have a current State hunting license and valid state-issued deer tag. Hunters under 18 must have their hunter safety card on their person.
Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations.
Hunting is not currently permitted on the Snag Boat Bend Unit, Ankeny or Baskett Slough Refuges.
For more information regarding the scheduled hunt or the Refuges, please contact the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters at (541) 757-7236. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Visitors may also access updates on our website at http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/finley/index.html .