SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Pendleton and Heppner are in the mix for public meetings in July about the 2019 big game hunting regulations.

The state agency is holding the meetings to discuss simplifying big game hunting regulations for the 2019 season (details online at https://bit.ly/2MsgpKl), take public comment on the regulations and provide the public with the opportunity ask questions of district wildlife biologists.

The Pendleton meeting is July 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the ODFW office, 73471 Mytinger Lane, Pendleton, and the Heppner meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Heppner ODFW office, 54173 Highway 74, Heppner. The La Grande meeting also is on July 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the La Grande City Library Community Room, 2006 Fourth St., La Grande.

The agency is holding 19 meetings in all from July 2 in Seaside to July 19 in the Dalles.

Michelle Dennehy, ODFW spokesperson, said the agency hosts the meetings every year as a way to hear from the public on regulations. She also said many of the meetings coincide with chapter meetings of local sportsman’s groups.

Tag numbers for 2019 will be another meeting topic. The numbers should be very similar to 2018 numbers.

“Big game over-winter survival was good this year due to the mild winter,” according to the agency, but herds in some areas continue to recover from the severe 2016-17 winter.

The public also can email comments to odfw.commission@state.or.us. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will adopt the 2019 big game hunting regulations when it meets Sept. 15 in Bandon.

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