By Al Elkins & Amy Patrick, OHA Lobbyists
OHA continues to lead the fight against IP13 by spreading the word with several interviews and a letter to the editor submitted to The Oregonian.
OHA Policy Director Amy Patrick took part in a podcast interview with Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins regarding IP13 in December; that podcast episode is scheduled to be released in January. Additionally, another IP13 interview with The Outdoor View, a hunting and outdoor platform based in California, has been posted to their website and YouTube channel. OHA also submitted a letter to The Oregonian’s editor in response to the IP13 proponents’ opinion piece published earlier in the month.
Links to all of these items will be included on OHA’s IP13 webpage as they become available: https://oregonhunters.org/initiative-petition-13/
IP13 would criminalize hunting, fishing and trapping, and it would make it virtually impossible to raise livestock.
You’re invited to the 2022 Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus online auction
Check out the 2022 Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus online auction, which will kick off Feb. 1 and continue through Feb. 10.
The online fund-raiser can be found at https://oregonscf.cbo.io. The live list of items for auction will be updated by mid-January.
The caucus consists of legislators, pro-sportsmen’s groups and their lobbyists. This group works to pass legislation that has a positive impact on hunting, fishing, and wildlife in Oregon. Each year the caucus holds a fund-raising event to help pay for its activities and staff.
New pro-sportsman partnership lifts off
The Sportsmen’s Conservation Partnership (SCP) will hold its inaugural meeting in January, when it will approve bylaws, install officers, assign committees, solidify the goals and mission of the group, and hear from selected state agencies on timely topics.
The partnership was born from the increasing pressure of issues such as IP13, trapping bans, and other anti-hunting or non-scientifically based wildlife management agendas.
By amplifying the voice of sportsmen’s groups around the state, the SCP hopes to offset the more vocal contingent of animal-rights and anti-hunting groups before the Legislature, as well as at the agency level with policy and rule-making issues.
OHA has played a key role in the conception and creation of the SCP and will continue to work closely with the new organization.