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‘Night hunting’ could be made legal for elk

SALEM, Oregon — Elk that damage private property could be killed at night under a proposal from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that will be considered this September.

Right now, ODFW can issue kill permits for elk that damage farmland or other private property; ODFW Deputy Director Kevin Blakely said they are talking about allowing night hunting of those elk.

“Throughout the state we have seen elk population increases on private agricultural land with (a) subsequent rise in the number and severity of damage complaints occurring on those properties,” Blakely said.

Blakely said they are also discussing allowing hunters with unused elk tags to participate in night hunting.

He said “night hunting” means shooting animals outside normally established hours for hunting game animals.

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