By Tyler Dungannon, Conservation Coordinator
OHA supports continued harvest of sage-grouse due to the indispensable biological data that it yields, in addition to the recreational opportunity that it provides hunters who are fortunate enough to draw permits.
Sage-grouse hunters provide biological data by sending hundreds of harvested wings each year to ODFW for analysis of specific demographic rates such as nest success, sex ratio and age structure.
There are many factors driving population decline, including predation and habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, but the conservative hunter harvest does not limit sage-grouse populations in Oregon. Hunters are at the front lines of conservation for the species, and it is imperative that sage-grouse maintain their gamebird status in order to receive support from hunting organizations, which substantially contribute to sage-grouse conservation.
OHA sent a letter stating the facts to the Commission in July for the decision at the August Commission meeting.