Forest Closures

Scrillznac

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Anyone ever experienced this before in Oregon? Walla Walla, Wenaha, and Mt Emily are pretty much shut down for the time being. Just wondering what the odds are of ODFW reinstating our points if we can't bow hunt National Forest.
 

muleylover

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It hasn't happened in Oregon since the early 90's. I would hope talks will be happening with ODFW about this scenario. I know in the past they have reinstated points for some hunts. When the Grizzly Fire burned up the Weneha unit in 15 tag holders were given the option to return there tags and get there points. I know one that was a max point holder that did, easy done. If you drew out of the 25% pool that makes it tough because you will probably never draw it again. Pray for Rain, its not going to get any better for the next couple of months.
 

Supertrucker

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I think after last years fires Oregon is taking a more proactive approach at try to curb accidental (and intentional) fires from starting.
 

Togwotee

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If there are major fires in in a major portion of the unit during the season most likely the tag can be surrendered and points reinstated. just because there are closures most likely won't get any action from ODFW.

Good tags and junk tags get the same consideration . don't expect anything unless it's something extreme.
 

desperatehills

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It hasn't happened in Oregon since the early 90's. I would hope talks will be happening with ODFW about this scenario. I know in the past they have reinstated points for some hunts. When the Grizzly Fire burned up the Weneha unit in 15 tag holders were given the option to return there tags and get there points. I know one that was a max point holder that did, easy done. If you drew out of the 25% pool that makes it tough because you will probably never draw it again. Pray for Rain, its not going to get any better for the next couple of months.
I know a guy that drew that year with no points. No brainer for him, he kept the tag and killed a nice 6 point
 

Scrillznac

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I drew Walla Walla Archery with 16pts. All wouldn't be lost if I couldn't hunt and got my points back. If that happens, I'm hopeful they would also give me a point for this year as well. I'm all for the Forest Closure with hopes that it lessens the risk of other fires starting. I totally get why they closed it from a resources standpoint. Hopefully they continue progress on the Bootleg and more resources become available by mid-August. It sounds like the Elbow Creek fire has a good fire line around most of it and winds out of the NW should help it from spreading west into more national forest. Fingers Crossed! Off to Warner in 11 days for my brothers archery antelope hunt. Going to be a busy fall! (Let's hope anyway).
 

muleylover

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When they gave folks the option in 15 to return there Weneha tags they were given a pp from what I was told. sounds like Elbow may have spotted across the Tucannon on the North side and doubtful they will catch it there. Fingers crossed. Good luck on the archery hunt!
 
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