By Tyler Dungannon, Conservation Coordinator
OHA was the only organization to testify on game bird regulations at April’s ODFW Commission meeting. OHA supported continued conservatively controlled sage-grouse hunting that yields critical population information for wildlife managers, supported new youth pheasant hunting opportunities, new turkey hunting opportunities on EE Wilson Wildlife Area, and thanked ODFW for using hunters to mitigate turkey damage.
Fall turkey season will now open on Sept. 1 in western Oregon, and private-land Grant County turkey hunting opportunity will be abundant. OHA expressed concerns regarding impacts of this change on western Oregon turkey populations that predominantly use public lands, but we will look at the data next year and reassess whether this was a sound science-based decision to maintain quality hunting opportunity on public lands in western Oregon.