Mariah Moulton

Mariah Moulton with a buck she killed last year. Eastern Oregon archery hunters will have to apply for a buck tag in 2021.

Archery deer hunting in Eastern Oregon will change from a general season to a controlled season next year.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the 2021 Big Game Hunting Regulations including changes to archery deer season and West Cascade elk season at a recent meeting.

The West Cascade elk any-legal-weapon season will move three weeks later to improve hunt quality, which will also eliminate the seven-day break during general deer season in the Cascades.

Commissioners declined to adopt changes that would have allowed big game hunters to use crossbows during any-legal-weapon seasons (when rifles, bows, handguns and other weapons are also allowed).

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