Application, Administration and Enforcement of Wildlife Laws

ORS 496.138
Commission policies and programs

  • rules
  • public hearings
  • agency request budgets


Consistent with the policy of ORS 496.012 (Wildlife policy), the State Fish and Wildlife Commission shall implement the policies and programs of this state for the management of wildlife. These policies and programs shall consider the uses of public and private lands and utilize voluntary partnerships with private and public landowners to protect and enhance wildlife habitat and effectively manage wildlife. In addition, the commission shall perform any other duty vested in it by law.


In accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, the commission shall adopt such rules and standards as it considers necessary and proper to implement the policy and objectives of ORS 496.012 (Wildlife policy) and perform the functions vested by law in the commission.


Except as provided in ORS 183.335 (Notice) (5), the commission shall cause a public hearing to be held on any proposed rule or standard prior to its adoption. The hearing may be before the commission, any designated member thereof or any person designated by and acting for the commission.


Before submitting an agency request budget or information to the Governor pursuant to ORS 291.201 (“Tax expenditure” defined for ORS 291.201 to 291.222) to 291.222 (Furnishing information and assistance to Governor-elect), the commission shall hold a public hearing on proposals for planned expenditures and enhancement packages that the commission intends to recommend to the Governor for inclusion in the Governor’s budget. [1973 c.723 §12; 1993 c.659 §7; 2016 c.117 §73]
Chapter 496

Notes of Decisions

Fish and Wildlife Commission has statutory authority to provide by rule for is suance of special ceremonial hunting permits for specific tribes that are not otherwise allowed under hunting and fishing agreement between federal and state governments and that tribe. Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon v. Department of Fish and Wildlife, 244 Or App 535, 260 P3d 705 (2011)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Commission authority to restrict use of boat ramp it locates on state land, (1971) Vol 35, p 900


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