I don't feel like the ODFW bio's have much to do with this proposal. It is the result of the way wildlife is managed in Oregon due to politics instead of science and I doubt the bio is happy about that. If the politicians hear from the ranchers there are too many elk the bios have little choice but to get rid of some elk. I could be wrong but that is my opinion anyhow. All the ODFW bios I know are great people who are doing the best they can.
My family and I have been hunting the northside unit for years.
The past couple of years the deer and elk population has dropped. You just don't see the animals like you used to. If you do see elk they are on private. There has been times where we were elk hunting and someone was flying over dropping something loud or flying low to spook the elk on to private. It's hard enough to find the elk as it is! I would sure like to see these numbers of elk that they Speak of on public land! I think they should let the numbers increase to what they were, at least the hunters would have a better chance of harvesting their animal. The tag numbers for elk are fine the way they are I think.