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Siletz Bay NWR

Postby cwsmith » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:16 pm

Question for anyone who might know - does anyone know if the Siletz Bay NWR opened up for hunting this season? I had heard early in the year that it may be opening, and have read lots of details as to their plan to open it up, but I just do not know for sure.

Does anyone have some information on this?

Thanks - Cody
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Siletz Bay NWR

Postby cwsmith » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:16 pm

Nevermind, found the information. A press release went out on this topic on Thursday 1/16. http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/news/index.cfm

January 16, 2014
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. A recently completed Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Bandon Marsh Refuge proposed to expand 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 extremely 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.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Location: Corvallis, Oregon


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