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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has forbidden the hunting of antlerless elk in the Coast Range to hunters with disability permits.

The Roseburg News-Review reports that in previous years, hunters with disability permits could take an antlerless elk while rifle hunting in the Tiogo Unit.

This year, hunters may only take harvest a three-point or better bull elk.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife made the change because the elk population in that area is below the department's management objective.

The anterless elk option was also eliminated for archery hunters this past season.

ODFW officials said as the elk population recovers, it will consider allowing antlerless harvests where appropriate.

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