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Anti-Sportsmen: Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session | Oregon Outdoor Council
The 2019 Oregon Legislative session starts on January 14, and it’s kicking off with numerous bills that will extremely and negatively impact every sportsman and woman in Oregon. From duck hunters to recreational shooters to fishing guides and everyone in between, no one is immune in this session!For example, SB 501 would, among a LONG list of other things, limit ammunition purchases to 20 rounds per 30 days (after a background check for the ammunition purchase)! If passed, waterfowl hunting would likely be eliminated because a box of shells is 25 rounds which surpasses the 20 round limit per 30 days. Clay target shooting would also be eliminated due to the ammunition purchase restriction, and big game hunters would be extremely limited in target practice, likely leading to injured animals. Additionally, all recreational shooting would be extremely suppressed into non-existence.Before we dig into the details of the bills, fighting these outrageous efforts to chip away at every aspect of our lifestyle takes an immense amount of time, energy, and money. We depend on the funds raised at our Albany and Redmondbanquets to keep the anti-sportsmen legislators, environmentalists, and animal-rights activists at bay. We need you to not only be ready to contact your legislators when called upon, but attend these events and support our efforts, it’s absolutely crucial to our success.
House Bill 2068
Summary: Increases percentage of nonresident tags issued for hunting of black bear, cougar and antelope within particular area that may be issued by drawing.
Introduced by: at the request of Governor Kate Brown for State Department of Fish and Wildlife
House Bill 2071
Summary: Modifies eligibility for hunting tags for female mountain sheep.
Introduced by: at the request of Governor Kate Brown for State Department of Fish and Wildlife
House Bill 2072
Summary: Authorizes State Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate wildlife inspection stations for purposes of preventing spread of infections or infestations harmful to wildlife or of furthering wildlife management efforts.
Introduced by: at the request of Governor Kate Brown for State Department of Fish and Wildlife
House Bill 2251
Summary: Defines “assault rifle.” Prohibits transfer of handgun or assault rifle to person under 21 years of age.
Introduced by: at the request of Governor Kate Brown for Office of the Governor
House Bill 2361
Summary: Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish and prescribe fees for multiyear resident and nonresident hunting licenses.
Introduced by: Rep. Smith, DB (R)
House Bill 2370
Summary: Allows electors of county to approve measure allowing use of dogs for hunting, pursuing or taking cougars within county.
Introduced by: Rep Smith, DB (R)
House Joint Resolution 9
Summary: Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to declare constitutional right to hunt, fish or otherwise harvest wildlife, subject to certain legal restrictions.
Introduced by: Rep. Smith, G (R)
Senate Bill 244
Summary: Modifies and creates laws related to outfitters and guides and charter boats.
Introduced by: Sen. Roblan (D) and Rep. Helm (D)
Senate Bill 275
Summary: Requires owner or possessor of firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container except in specified circumstances.
Introduced by: Eleven Democrats in the Senate
Senate Bill 310
Summary: Revises requirements for membership on State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Introduced by: Sen. Hansell (R)
Senate Bill 323
Summary: Provides person with privileges and legal defenses available to person with Oregon concealed handgun license if person is licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state that recognizes Oregon concealed handgun licenses.
Introduced by: Sen. Thatcher (R)
Senate Bill 340
Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to annually establish special season during which holder of cougar tag or purchaser of sportspac may use dogs to hunt cougars.
Introduced by: Sen. Baertschiger Jr (R)
Senate Bill 341
Summary: Provides for immunity for landowner arising out of use of land for hunting, even if landowner charges for permission to use land for hunting.
Introduced by: Sen. Baertschiger Jr (R)
Senate Bill 398
Summary: Establishes elk depredation hunting tags.
Introduced by: Sen. Bentz (R)
Senate Bill 5
Summary: Makes shooting range and person discharging firearm at shooting range strictly liable for injuries resulting from bullets that stray outside boundaries of shooting range.
Introduced by: Sen. Courtney (D)
Senate Bill 439
Summary: Prohibits confining, restricting or exercising control over movements of game bird or game mammal for use in or promotion of hunting.
Introduced by: Sen. Boquist (R)
Senate Bill 501
Summary: Requires person to secure permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm.
Introduced by: Sen. Wagner (D) and Rep. Salinas (D)
Senate Bill 547
Summary: Prohibits use of gillnets and tangle nets for fishing.
Introduced by: Sen. Riley (D)
Senate Bill 580
Summary: Prohibits use of cyanide devices to control wildlife.
Introduced by: Sen. Prozanski (D) and Rep. Gomberg (D)
Senate Bill 593
Summary: Makes person holding resident disabled veteran hunting license eligible for additional preference points in controlled hunt permit preference system.
Introduced by: Eleven Democrats
Senate Bill 87
Summary: Allows gun dealer or person transferring firearm, ammunition or firearm component at gun show to establish minimum age for purchase of firearms, ammunition or firearm components, provided that minimum age is at least 21 years.



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This legislative session will be interesting. One party has a super majority in both houses and owns the governorship. While it is not unusual for one party to have the senate, the house and the governorship, it is not often that they have a super majority in both the house and the senate. That may very well have an effect on the passage of some of these measures and some of them hitting a stone wall.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out and I'm sure that as the session moves on SB 501 will gain the most attention. I have never been a member of the NRA, but after reading the language of this bill, I will be signing up on Monday.


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Thanks for this list Barb! I wll have to look into these a little bit more before I contact my representative.


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Me personally I don’t care about increased non-resident tags for bear or cougar because non-resident success is lower than resident due to things like unfimiar with hunting area, unfamiliar with tactics, etc. On the other hand, I don’t think we should increase non-resident opportunities for antelope because it already takes multiple years for residents to draw tags. And if non-residents want to hunt antelope why not go to a state like Wyoming where the possibilities of getting non-resident tags is through the roof. Plus Oregon has higher non-resident license and tag prices than most other western states do just another reason to go to WY.

As for hunting cougars with dogs it needs to be brought back. Only reason it was outlawed was due to emotional resistance from the flat landers in the valley. County by county vote, on every county ballot, even the counties where we know it won’t pass.
Have ODFW allot hound only hunting seasons in the winter (best time to hunt cats due to snow levels) than run parallel with bobcat seasons. Model it after Idaho or Montana. Since we’re on the subject we should allow bear hunting with dogs too, seeing as Oregon has an estimated 25,000-30,000 bear population. Just like with cougar, have separate hound seasons so hound hunters and spot & stalk hunters are conflicting; it’d be just like separate rifle vs bow seasons for elk.

Obviously these are just my opinion and I’ve eaten crow before and I’m willing to eat it again for better natural resource results


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I did finally read through this list and sent off a couple of letters with my responses to representatives. I agree with @SiletzTroutKiller. although I wouldn't be opposed to the increase in non resident antelope tags if the residents tags increase as well and the populations can handle it. I would also like to see baiting brought back for bears along with hound hunting. Even if it is only during a specific season/time of the year.
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