HUNTING: Siletz Bay Refuge opens | News

Almost 200 acres of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge lands west of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will be open beginning on Oct. 14 to duck and goose hunting.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow hunting of ducks, coots, and geese on the refuge. Waterfowl hunting is permitted seven days per week on refuge lands west of U.S. Highway 101. Hunting is allowed three days per week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) on the area east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough.

Hunters accessing refuge lands may use a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road. Additionally, hunting lands are reachable via boat. A car-top boat launch installed at the Alder Island parking lot on the east side of Highway 101 gives access to the Siletz River and Millport Slough. Due to the limited size of the parking and launch area, trailers and vehicles longer than 25 feet are not permitted in this lot. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot should use caution since no parking or official access point is provided by the Refuge.

State and federal hunting license requirements apply to waterfowl hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, 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.

Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset.

The 2017-2018 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl.

For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting visit the Siletz Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/refuge/siletz_bay) or call the Refuge Manager at (541)…

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