Oregon Contest and Field Trial Ban Gets Hearing, SB 439 Sponsorless

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Take Action Today! Oregon sportsmen should contact their state senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 723. Oregon members can find their state senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.

The Oregon bill that would prohibit coyote contests, along with bird dog and hound dog field trials and training events, will receive a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m. in room HR C of the Oregon State Capitol building.

SB 723 would ban events that have the objective of taking wildlife, which could include pen-raised gamebirds, for prizes or other inducement or for the purpose of entertainment. This bill, introduced by Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) and Sen. Jeff Golden (D-Ashland), would ban any event where dogs are trained that awards a ribbon, ranking, medal or a trophy.

While anti-hunting groups claim the bill is only about coyote contests, SB 723 goes much farther. Senate Bill 723 would impact all hunting with dogs because field trials develop high-quality breeding lines that sportsmen and efficient conservation depend on. The bill carries heavy penalties: any person or organization in violation of this proposal could face up to 364 days in jail and a $6,250 fine.

Oregon Bill Restricting Hunting Preserves Loses Sponsor

Following a barrage of opposition from hunters, hunting preserve owners and gamebird farms, Oregon Sen. Brian Boquist (R- Dallas) has pulled his sponsorship of Senate Bill 439 that would have made it illegal for a hunting preserve to keep game birds and other species penned until release. Senate Bill 439 could be the beginning of attacks by animal-rights groups on hunting preserves. By pulling his sponsorship, SB 439 currently has no sponsors to move the bill through the legislative process, which means the bill will sit idle unless a new sponsor is added.

Hunting preserves keep their game in pens so they can protect them from predators and harsh weather.  Senate Bill 439 would make it illegal for preserve owners to confine, or otherwise restrict or exercise control over the movement of their game species.

“We thank Senator Boquist for pulling his name from the bill and will continue to monitor it to make sure it does not pass.” said Luke Houghton, Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services.

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