2014 Crab Bounty Hunt Starts Sept. 1st At Winchester Bay


2014 Annual Crab Bounty Hunt Rules

1. The 2014 Crab Bounty Hunt begins at 1:00pm on September 1, 2014 and ends promptly at 2:00 pm on September 30, 2014.

2. To be eligible for the prize or a consolation prize (or any other prize) a tag shall have been registered prior to 2:00pm on September 30, 2014. Only those with a valid shellfish license (or verification that a shellfish license is not required of the participant) shall be eligible . Each tag will be registered on the date it is taken to the Sportsmen’s Cannery in Winchester Bay. All tagged crabs must be presented to Sportsmen’s Cannery for tag verification and registration.

3. The Crab Bounty Hunt is open only to individuals who use recreational crabbing gear. Commercial crabbers and all divers are excluded from participation in the Crab Bounty Hunt. The method of taking a crab and all Crab Bounty Hunt tags are subject to verification. Members of the Winchester Bay Merchants Association and their immediate family members, and their employees are not eligible to win the prize. You do not need to be present to win.

4. The number representing the winning bounty tag has been selected in a blind drawing and is called the Selected Tag Number and has been placed in a secure location. Shortly after the close of the Crab Bounty Hunt, the sealed envelope containing the Selected Tag Number will be opened. If the Selected Tag Number matches a registered crab tag, a $1,000 prize will be awarded.  The planned opening is scheduled at 3:00pm on September 30, 2014 at the Sportsmen’s Cannery.  The location is subject to change.

5. If no registered tag has matched the Selected Tag Number, there will be drawings from the registered tags to award a guaranteed $1,000 in prizes. To the holder of the first tag drawn a prize of $500 in cash will be awarded, the the second tag drawn a prize of $300 and to the third tag drawn there will be a prize of $200.

6. By accepting any prize or reward, a bounty hunter agrees to allow the use of their name and picture in advertising and press releases by the Winchester Bay Merchants Association, Inc.

7. The Salmon Harbor Marina rules prohibit crabbing from most docks in the Harbor.  The exceptions are the end of Dock 3 in the West Boat Basin and the end of Dock A in the East Boat Basin; these docks are closed between 10:00pm and 6:00am. Dock 9 in the East Boat Basin is available 24 hours. Please respect these rules.

8. There is a limit on the number of crabs each person may catch each day. There is also a size limit – and only male crabs may be kept. The laws concerning crabbing are available at the businesses which sell or rent crabbing supplies. The state also requires a Shell Fish License for taking crabs in Oregon. Following these game laws will ensure our habitat of a renewable resource for years to come.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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