Thanks for visiting the OHA Bend Chapter website.

On the pages at the lower left, you can find out about our chapter meetings, our officers on the About Us page, see chapter updates on the News page, view chapter photos on the Photo Gallery Page, and learn about upcoming events on the Calendar page. You can send us an Email by clicking the orange Contact Us button at the upper right. Please check out the state OHA website and other interesting sites on our Links page. Explore the other pages to learn about our fundraising activities, projects, local issues, etc. We hope you will find this site useful and return often. “Good Hunting”


Posted by Candy Yow on Sunday, December 29, 2019

December 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking the public’s help for information regarding the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of a buck deer east of Bend near Pine Mountain. Troopers believe the deer was shot & left to waste sometime Christmas week

Anyone with information is urged to contact OSP Trooper Aaron Roth through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile)

Read More.

January 8, 2020
– February 12, 2020

Bend Golf and Country Club
61045 Country Club Dr.
Bend, OR 97702

See tabs to lower left or call the number provided for more details or to register

Bend Chapter Mule Deer Classic Banquet – March 14, 2020  541-639-5024 Volunteers needed
– See Mule Deer Classic Tab or click here to register
Committee Meetings 6pm Jan 15 & 29, Feb 19 & 26 and Mar 3 & 10 @ Pappy’s Pizza 20265 Meyer Dr Bend

Family Day – May 30, 2020 541-480-7323

All Hands-All Brands Project – June 19-21, 2020 541-330-0140 For more details or to sign up click here

Ladies Hunting Camp – July 16-19, 2020  www.ladieshunting.com

Yet that’s exactly what our Chapter’s PotHole Springs Buck & Pole Fence Project accomplished this Fall!
We turned a $15K donation from OHA State plus 500 mostly Bend OHA member volunteer hours worth $16.6K into an ADDITIONAL $94.9K of state and federal grants that will be used for more habitat and conservation projects in the same area.
THAT’S HUGE and the direct result of Bend Chapter efforts!

See BUCK & POLE PROJECTS tab to lower left for more details

Upcoming Events

The Bend Chapter is one of the OHA’s original chapters.

Oregon Hunters Association is a family oriented organization and the largest non-profit conservation group in the state. OHA volunteers contribute thousands of hours, dollars, and miles driven in personal vehicles to benefit public lands and resources each year.

Among the objectives of the Bend chapter are habitat conservation and enhancement, hunters rights and ethics, and hunter education. An annual banquet, the Mule Deer Classic generates most of our financial support. All funds from this banquet stay in Oregon and go towards the support of:

  • The Charles L Beckley memorial scholarship
  • An annual upland bird hunt for youth
  • The TIP (Turn In Poachers) program which is sponsored state wide
  • Numerous habitat preservation and improvement projects in Central Oregon and, in conjunction, with other OHA chapters, around the state
  • Hunter education classes for all ages
  • Funding for a full-time lobbyist to fight for hunters rights and opportunities at the state level

2019 Bend OHA Accomplishments – Click Here


2017 Bend OHA Accomplishments

  1. Maintained and repaired 8 miles of fence supporting the Lava Butte wildlife crossings under Hwy 97 including emergency repairs in December when a vehicle accident wiped out over a 100 feet of fence.
  2. Rebuilt a Walker Range Guzzler on the Gilchrist State Forest.
  3. Cleared several more acres of juniper on the ongoing Flymon Project near Lake Billy Chinook in a one day effort as part of a chainsaw certification class that all volunteer saw users are now required to pass to use chainsaws on our National Forest projects. Eleven saw users are now certified.
  4. Maintained and repaired several guzzlers in the Big Summit area on the Ochoco National Forest.
  5. Held the 5th annual Youth and Family Fun Day event and another annual Youth Upland Bird Hunt.
  6. Provided 5 individual scholarships by way of the Beckley Scholarship program.
  7. Received a 2016 National Volunteers and Service Restoration Award for from the USFS National Office.


2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
Bend Golf and Country Club
61045 Country Club Dr.
Bend, OR 97702


Chapter President: Bob Dixon (503) 572-2805

1st Vice President: Doug Stout (541) 312-8332

2nd Vice President: Charlie Cookson  (541) 280-7525

Secretary: Wendy Jordan (503) 572-2806

Treasurer: John Bambe (541) 480-9848

Past President: Bill Littlefield (541) 429-2950

Project / Volunteer Coordinator
Eric Brown – (541) 330-0140

Banquet Chair
Susan Myers (541) 639-5024

Paulina Project Coordinator
Fred Newton – (541) 389-1321

Youth Events Coordinator – Member At Large:
Kevin Borst – (541) 388-7337

Youth Advisor – Member At Large:
JR Lorimor – (541) 420-2741

Media and Web Site Coordinator – Member At Large:
Bob Buddenbohn – (817) 472-4272


OHA is one of the largest conservation groups in the state of Oregon but we are always looking for new members who are passionate about our hunting heritage. We need your support and value your input. Please join OHA and it will help us to carry out our mission. OHA is made up of over 20 chapters throughout the state. Two ways to join:

1) Click the application link that follows to download an application form, fill it out, and mail it to the OHA state office.


2) Link over to the OHA State website and select from one of the online purchase options.

Online Application

You can specify a chapter that you would like to join or the OHA state office will assign you to the one that is closest to your mailing address.

28th Annual Mule Deer Classic Banquet
The Riverhouse Convention Center
March 14, 2020

Doors Open @ 4:00
Dinner Served @ 5:30
Live Auction Starts @ 7:30

Committee Meetings 6pm @ Pappy’s Pizza
20265 Meyer Dr Bend
Jan 2, 15 & 29, Feb 19 & 26 and Mar 3 & 10.
Volunteers needed
To learn how you can help contact Susan Myers – Banquet Chair
541-639-5024 or susanmmyers@sbcglobal.net


Join us Saturday, March 14th at The Riverhouse Convention Center for the 28th annual Bend chapter Oregon Hunters Associations Mule Deer Classic Banquet and Fundraiser. Come at 4:00 for the social hour, where you will enjoy games, enter raffles, preview the live auction, bid on silent auction items, and swap hunting stories with fellow hunters. Enjoy the buffet dinner, enter raffles for more than 30 firearms and other prizes, including hunting and camping gear, trips, artwork, golf, and more.
Reserve your dinner and raffle ticket packages on the Registration Form below

Banquet Invitation 2020

Registration Form

2020 Raffle Descriptions

2020 Donor Solicitation letter

2019 Bend OHA Accomplishments – Here’s how we put the funds raised from last year’s MDC to good use in 2019

OHA Bend Chapter Work

Each year several projects and activities are organized and carried out that support our mission. As we define them and set dates we’ll post information here. We encourage all members to come join us in the field. It is here we often make great friendships and get to give back to the resources that we are passionate about. Most of our projects take place during the summer months when the outdoor conditions and weather allow us to be most effective.


All Hands-All Brands Project – June 19-21, 2020 More details to follow

Ladies Hunting Camp – July 16-19, 2020  go to www.ladieshunting.com to learn more or register

This year OHA Bend Chapter is making youth a top priority. Our future depends on helping our youngsters experience the joy and wonders of our great outdoors, and our hunting traditions. In addition to our traditional Youth events, our chapter is once again leading the way being the very first chapter to….


… we are setting up a new youth board under the supervision of the Bend Chapter Youth Advisor and the 2nd VP, the Bend Chapter of the to raise youth interest and participation within the OHA as well as hunting.  This will be a great opportunity for our youth to have their own voice as well as providing leadership skills to participating youth OHA members. The aim is to have the Youth Board decide upon projects & programs that interest them and attract other youth to jump in.  The only stipulation for these projects will be that they keep with the mission statement of the OHA “Protecting Oregon’s wildlife, habitat and hunting heritage”.  The Youth Board will pick at least one project of regular responsibility such as adopting a guzzler build or repair. They will also play a significant role in helping plan and run our more traditional youth and family events. And they will need to develop recruitment ideas for getting their peers involved.  No board can succeed on its own. The Youth Board will have funds and other resources available from the Chapter to use towards getting started and their projects. And they will periodically report to the Bend Chapter’s Board

For clarification or questions please feel free to reach out to JR Lorimor, Youth Advisor, OHA Bend Chapter, Cell #541-420-2741


What a day we had …




This year’s event was the biggest and most successful yet. We …


You missed another good one. Check here again for next years event!

Youth and Family Outdoor Day is an opportunity for adults and kids to enjoy outdoor activities together. You will have an opportunity to participate in shotgun shooting, archery, making outdoor craft projects, wilderness survival education, bird calls, GPS, maps and compass skills, outdoor first-aid, fly tying skills, and a chance to win prizes. You’ll also get to see taxidermy displays, camp cooking, and bird call demonstrations. If that isn’t enough, we’ll include lunch too!



All Hands, All Brands For Our Public Lands – 2020

This is our largest project of the year for which we need as many volunteers as possible. It’s an outstanding weekend that’s not just full of important work, but loads of healthy/fun activities, prizes, meals, entertainment and a few surprises! Family members and friends are welcome.
Mark this on your calendar as the one event you won’t want to miss!

Dates: June 19-21, 2020

Rendezvous site:  Sugar Creek Campground

Project Location: Derr Meadow

Project Description:  Construct 3 large big game buck and pole exclosures  and 1 wire let down fence totaling approximately 40 acres.  The project was submitted to the Forest Service Regional office for funding for $30,000 dollars.

OHA Funding Expectation: Preliminary estimates show that we will need OHA funding for spikes/nails to construct the fencing.

Leadership: Michael O’Casey, Oregon Field Representative for Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership will likely be a point of contact for 2020 with OHA Bend’s Eric Brown assisting.

Click on this link to learn more

All Hands, All Brands For Our Public Lands – 2019

June 18 -23, 2019 saw about 79 volunteers converge on the Ochoco National Forest to work on wildlife enhancement projects.  These projects consisted of building over a half mile of fence to protect meadows and aspens as well as conduct annual maintenance of several adopted guzzlers in the area. These projects were near the Salter’s Cabin and Sunflower Flats areas.  Sugar Creek campground served as a base camp and headquarters for the effort.

Another big success attributed to this effort was the coming together of many different conservation organizations. Oregon Hunters Association was represented by the following chapters:  Bend, Capitol, Ochoco, Tualatin Valley, Yamhill, Emerald, Mid Willamette, Union-Wallowa, Imnaha and state OHA members.  Other organizations were:  Back Country Hunters and Anglers, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Work Sharp (Darex LLC), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service and outgoing ODFW Commission member Holly Akenson.

This group managed to have a little fun as well with some archery and .22 rimfire competitions. Then a great potluck dinner Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning was enjoyed by many!


  • Jim Akenson – OHA Senior Conservation Director
  • Matt Keenan – ODFW Prineville
  • Karl Findling – OHA Conservation Director
  • Michael OCasey – TRCP Oregon Field Representative
  • Dominic Bachman – NWTF Wildlife Biologist
  • Julie Unfried – Pheasants Forever
  • Mikal Cline – ODFW Upland Game Bird Coordinator
  • Chris Henry – NWTF Central Oregon President
  • Elvira Young – RMEF Volunteer State Chair
  • Ian Isaacson – Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Oregon Chair
  • Gordon Brown – Hunter Education
  • Monty Gregg – USFS Ochoco Wildlife BiologistAdam Smith – Darex, LLC. Engineering Tech II/Market Research Assistant
    Adam was not one of the speakers but he certainly should be mentioned as his company was very generous and Adam came to All Hands and worked side by side with all the different organizations.


  • 79 Total number of people at our event. Does not count 2 three year olds however one (Elliot) was at the work party with his dad.
  • 70 Total number of volunteers that participated in the work projects.
  • 38 Number of people that participated in our Archery event.
  • 46 Number of people that participated in our .22 rimfire event.
  • 754 Total number of volunteer hours at the work projects.
  • 3,200 Approximate number of feet of fencing built on Saturday.
  • 2 Musicians that played for us after the potluck and speeches. Thanks Chad and Mikal!

US Senate Committee Passes Highway Bill with Funding for more Wildlife Crossings – like the highly successful 5 mile stretch that our Chapter supported and now maintains south of Bend along the 97 near Sunriver

This is good news for states like ours looking to put in overpasses, underpasses, and culverts where busy roads intersect with fish and wildlife habitat.

In a 21-0 vote, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a bipartisan highway bill with a major priority for sportsmen’s groups and wildlife managers: The legislation would carve out $250 million in dedicated funds over the next five years for wildlife-friendly roadway crossing structures like overpasses, underpasses, and culverts that connect fragmented fish and wildlife habitat.

More than 40 sportsmen’s groups  signed a letter to congressional leadership in April 2019 asking for a competitive grant program with at least $50 million annually be directed toward the planning, design, and construction of wildlife crossing projects. This includes a stretch of Hwy 97 near Gilchrist which OHA and our Chapter have also been supporting in several ways including matching grants, and offers to maintain the fencing after it’s constructed

These innovative enhancements to our roads and highway infrastructure should reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife and integrate habitat connectivity into highway planning, so fish and wildlife are not an afterthought. For more details go to http://www.trcp.org/2019/07/31/senate-committee-passes-highway-bill-funding-wildlife-crossings/



Yet that’s exactly what our Chapter’s PotHole Springs Buck & Pole Fence Project accomplished this Fall!
Between a $15K donation from OHA State plus $16.6K attributed to about 500 volunteer hours “invested” by mostly Bend Chapter members, the project qualified for an additional $94.9K of state and federal grants. That’s 300% – HUGE!

That additional $94.9K will now be used to improve more Deer habitat in that area!



Bend OHA took the lead for this important event to communicate and coordinate the build with Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM), Lake and Klamath OHA Chapters, Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Oregon Youth Challenge Program (OYCP).

The project took place on the lower end of Pothole Springs on EFM property. Pothole Springs is located within the nearly 26,000 acre Embody Tract in the Fort Rock Basin that’s located 20 miles southeast of La Pine. In 2018 EFM, a Portland-based conservation-based timber management company (https://efmi.com), purchased the property which is mostly forested property and a key migration area for Mule Deer between their summer range in the Cascade Mountains and wintering ground in Fort Rock and Christmas Valley. EFM with help from ODFW and OHA is committed to enhancing this habitat by protecting critical springs and other riparian areas and supporting the Cabin/Silver Lake Winter Range Cooperative Closure. During hunting season, the property is open to the public.

The purpose of the project was to fence out cattle and sheep within the meadow allowing the meadow to restore itself and not be heavily grazed while deer and elk can still obtain access over the fence.  Grant dollars aided by $15K of OHA  State funds plus volunteer hours valued at $16.6K made this project and other buck and pole projects on EFM property possible as it is directly connected to the Mule Deer Initiative (MDI)  See below links to learn more about EFM and MDI.


On Wednesday September 18 three Bend OHA members, Greg Petsch, Rex Parks and Eric Brown set up a camp near the project site and spent the next 3 days prepping the site for the building of a 1600 ft Buck & Pole fence. They cut down standing trees along with a large amount of deadfall.  They also cleaned up a large amount of brush using a hand held brush cutter. EFM supplied the material to make the fence but Rex spent considerable time placing the material properly. Just before arriving, they also unexpectedly learned that 80 of the Bucks had not been notched. They had never done this before but Greg and Eric built a jig and completed the task. On Friday they built two gates at either end of the project so that the following build day they could show volunteers how and what to do.  This project would not have come together as it did if their pre-work had not been done. It was a Herculean task for which we all owe them a huge amount of gratitude!

On Saturday the cavalry arrived. Members brought their personal generators, small sledge hammers and cordless drills to use at the project along with 4 ATVs. And 28 eager OYCP Cadets joined us as well; the Bend Chapter enjoys a fantastic relationship with OYCP. If you are not familiar with OYCP please refer to the attached web link. This is a fantastic program and past classes have helped us with other conservation projects along with our annual banquet each year.

With all this help we completed the 3 rail fence Buck and Pole fence in record time. And that allowed us enough time to also cut up and make piles of tree limbs within the meadow for EMF to dispose of afterwards.

EFM provided donuts for the group in th emorning and pizzain the afternoon for all however the cadets brought their own food as they are on a healthy diet.

When all was said and done – $15K plus 48 volunteers (28 being OYCP Cadets) worked just under 500 hours to complete this project. In addition to Bend OHA, volunteers from the Lakeview and Klamath Chapters plus Mule Deer Foundation pitched in.

BEST OF ALL – our collective efforts helped EMF qualify for an additional $95K in matching government grants; enough to take on quite a few more projects on this vitally important tract of land.  

A huge Thank You to all who were involved, but especially Eric, Greg and Rex whose extraordinary efforts were responsible for the project being a success!




PreProject Photo

Site Prepped & Ready to Build

Unloading the Materials

Work Crews Building the Fence

The Finished Project

The Volunteers and OYCP Youth

Ladies Hunting Camps

Bend OHA Chapter and OHA State both proudly support the one of a kind Ladies Hunting Camps held every July near LaPine. Women come from all over the country to attend this comprehensive hands-on program which introduces women to every aspect of Hunting, Camping, Safety and enjoying our great outdoor hunting traditions.

This year (2019) there were two camps and our chapter was right there with them for the second year in a row. Bob Dixon (Bend President) and 8 other volunteers assisted. Bend OHA Members put in 302 volunteer hours at this event. Bend OHA also provided funds for a catered meal and a raffle for a firearm.

We also signed up 15 new members on the calendars (most for Bend), did one renewal, signed up six new youth members, turned the pistol and a little over $600 to Candy, sold a little swag and cooked a lot of bacon.

There will be another camp July 16-19, 2020 at dry Creek Ranch, Fort Rock Oregon. To learn more or register, go to http://ladieshunting.com/

Wilderness First Aid Class

  • September 28-29, 2019
  • 8:00am-5:00pm daily

Sisters Parks and Rec Department, Sisters, OR

If you have any questions, please let me know – I am happy to help!

Katie Cartier Luthy
Program Manager
Longleaf Wilderness Medicine
(o) 208.274.3596
(c) 508.596.6456

Shootin the Bull Pint Night

July 29 – Bend OHA hosted its first Shootin’ The Bull Pint Night at Bridge 99 Brewery.  Corey Heath, ODFW Wildlife Biologist spoke to the group about proposed ODFW hunting changes.  There were about 33 people in attendance with at least 8 new members.  This was a great chance to engage the new members and tell them more about what we are doing in attempts to get them involved.  The night was very enjoyable and we intend to do it again. Stay tuned!

Corey Heath ODFW Explaining Proposed Regulations

New Member Welcome

Learn More

Charles Beckley Scholarship

The Bend Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association has established a scholarship for higher education honoring the life-time member Charles Beckley, who passed away in 2004. Mr. Beckley was a dedicated OHA member, hunter, teacher, and was among the first hunter education instructors in Oregon. This scholarship furthers OHA’s goal of helping to educate future hunters and outdoor enthusiasts in Oregon.

Each year the Bend Chapter accepts applications for scholarships. Qualified applicants will be Bend Chapter OHA members and have a passion for hunting and the outdoors. Applications must be postmarked by the April 15th deadline each year. All applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee and grants are awarded to those individuals that the committee feels are most deserving based on our award criteria. Grants are paid directly to the school’s scholarship department and must be used for the year or term for which they were awarded. For more details about the scholarship application process or criteria, please click on the links below and download the information. Good luck!

Beckley Scholarship Information & Application

For additional information about how to apply, you can contact an OHA representative by calling (541) 480-9848.


Thank you letter from Oregon BHA for our Chapter’s Support at the Beers, Bands & Public Lands Event in June


YES! I want to help the TRCP guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish



Mule Deer Foundation – Gun A Polooza

6 PM September 19th

Pappy’s Pizzeria

20265 Meyer Road, Bend


Bucket-1 Ruger 10/22 with MDF Logo $250
Bucket-2 Remington 783 .300 Win $329
Bucket-3 Ruger American Rifle (.270 WIN) $349
Bucket-4 Benelli Nova Pump Shotgun Realtree Max 4 $399
Bucket-5 Ruger American Rifle (6.5 Ceedmoor) $365
Bucket-6 Henry Golden Boy .22 $449
Bucket-7 Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic 257 WBY Mag. $487
Bucket-8 Pointer 28 gauge O/U $400
Bucket-9 Howa YOTE package .204 Ruger $529
Bucket-10 Ruger American w/go wild camo $619
bonus Kimber 1911 MDF Logo Custom $995

One bucket winner drawn every 15 minutes                                                               Ticket pricing

Single ticket strips have 5 raffle tickets

Single strips $20

$50 package 3 ticket strips & 1 bonus ticket

$100 package 7 ticket strips & 3 bonus tickets

$150 package 10 ticket strips & 5 bonus tickets

$200 package 15 ticket strips & 7 bonus tickets

2,000 tickets available

Also silent auction items and door prizes

For information contact call or text Ken 541-281-2224

RSVP would be appreciated



Photo Galleries

2017 – Youth Upland Bird Hunt

2017 – Youth and Family Day

2016 – Youth Upland Bird Hunt

2016 – Eric Brown

Greg and Bear’s Bucks

2016 Nate Ort 6X6
2016 Borst, Putman, Geiger Wyoming Pronghorn

2016 Yow Family

2016 Karl Findling
Record Book Bear

2016 Crescent Elk Meadow Thinning

2016 Ochoco Multi Ch Project

2016 Crawford Juniper Clearing

Dale Putman

Greg Petsch

2016 OHA Bend Chapter
Youth and Family Day

Newsletters & Publications

OHA – Tracker, Yearlings & Other

December 2019 Tracker


Please click on the OHA Icon at the upper left of this page to go to the State website and click on About/Publications to find other state issued publications and reports.