By Zach Widner, Northwest States Senior Manager
On February 12, the Oregon House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on HB 2294, a bill that would require commercial cervid (deer, elk, moose) attractant products derived from cervid urine to come from a herd demonstrated to be free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
HB 2294 is sponsored by Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Representative Brad Witt.
While CWD has not yet been detected in Oregon, it has been detected within cervid populations in 26 states, with many states taking stringent measures aimed at preventing further spread. CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting members of the cervid family, including deer, elk and moose. Once contracted, the disease is always fatal.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (13.89%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (12.50%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (59.72%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.89%)