It’s done! Oregon’s draft rule on dog training with pen raised birds
Okay everyone, six weeks, seven meetings and hundreds of hours of give-and-take finally resulted in this first real set of laws regulating (allowing) dog training with pen-raised game birds. Whew!
Nineteen members of a volunteer committee (actually, two were paid ODFW employees) came from all over the state and represented a diverse set of viewpoints. We had members from the Sauvie Island Conservation Partnership to hunting preserve owners, professional dog trainers to hardcore amateur field trialers. We had houndsmen and falconers and as you can imagine, there were some knock-down, drag-out fights.
In the end, the process resulted in a draft rule that nobody is completely satisfied with. That’s how this politics thing works. We on the committee agreed that we can live with it. Can you?
This version is the final draft with all strike-outs, corrections, etc. and is in rough form pending a look-see by the department’s rules-writing guru, then the Attorney General’s office. It will be presented to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission for their approval on June 2.
Mark the date, and don’t rest on your laurels. You can bet the anti-hunters, bird watchers, cat lovers/dog haters and preservationists will be at that June 2 meeting wearing their carrot suits and carrying picket signs. They will be flooding the commission with emails and letters, and likely will line up to testify at that meeting.
We also have that right, and simply because our diverse non-partisan group created this rule doesn’t mean it can’t be changed, or not adopted at all. If the latter occurs, we are back to square one. Current law prohibits virtually all dog training on public or private land with pen raised birds, all year.
Don’t let the PETA and Audubon folk hijack this open and democratic process! Go here for a draft email you can send, adopt, use as your testimony or send to your friends. In fact, do all four!