'Get your deer tags now, don't wait'

'Get your deer tags now, don't wait'

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Saturday is the start of the General Buck Deer Season, and thousands will be heading for the woods to fill their tag.

The bucks should be plentiful this year according to reports from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Wildlife Biologist Terry Farrell says deer populations are solid and conditions are good. "Deer season looks to be very good this year," he said. "We've got a couple of indicators that show us that deer season's going to be pretty good. One is, we've had good fawn production in the last few years. We also had good carryover from the last couple of buck seasons and some mild winters, and so, all those and good forage this year contribute to good conditions for deer."

Farrell reminds hunters to get the license and tag before Saturday, and he says the earlier the better. "The sooner the better, the lines get very long Friday afternoon, so if you can get your tags, if you haven't gotten them already, get them now before the lines get long."

Farrell says when you go out, know where you're at and make sure you have permission to hunt if you're on private land.

There is a new law this year: Hunters 17-years-old and under must wear something that's orange and can be seen from all angles.

The ODFW would also like hunters to bring in the bottom deer teeth to help with their research.