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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”

Next Meetings (ALL at 7pm):

August 14, 2019
September 25, 2019
October – No Meeting
November 13, 2019

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

Learn more about the 2019 High Lakes Stocking by clicking below:

High Lakes Stocking 2019

All Hands, All Brands
For Our Public Lands

Weekend work party in the Ochocos

This past week and weekend, 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!

Speakers:

  • 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.

Numbers:

  • 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!

Upcoming Events

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.

HELP SUPPORT MULE DEER IN FORT ROCK BASIN  – Buck & Pole Project September 21, 2019 – Looking for Volunteers

Where: Pothole Springs located on the 26,000 acre Embody Tract in the Fort Rock Basin SE of Lapine on Ecotrust Forest Management Lands.   31.3 miles from US 97 at 31 Junction.  Short drive on a dirt road off Hwy 31.

When: September 21.  Likely will look for a few to help move buck and poles around the project the day prior.

What: 3 rail Buck and Pole fence to keep cattle out of the springs but allow for deer and elk to utilize the area.

Who is signed up so far We would like to at least double the number:

Eric Brown
Troy Boyd
Joe Bentsen
Don Clark
Bill Littlefield
Matthew Hardman
Rex Parks
Stephanie Merrill

The complete story: In 2018 EFM, a Portland-based conservation-based timber management company (https://efmi.com), purchased the nearly 26,000 acre Embody Tract in the Fort Rock Basin, 20 miles southeast of La Pine. The mostly forested property is 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 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.

In 2019 EFM, the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) partnered to initiate habitat enhancement on the Fort Rock Property. Funding will support removing dense conifer and building fence around three of the four springs. Help is needed by members of the OHA to build 1,600’ of buck and pole fence on the Pothole Spring, which spans both public and private land. The portion of the spring on the US Forest Service side is protected

 

In 2017 the Bend Chapter:

  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.

Buck & Pole Project September 21, 2019 – Looking for Volunteers

For more information or to sign up contact Eric Brown, Bend OHA Project Coordinator at 541-647-0424 or email ebrown@bendcable.com

Where: Pothole Springs located on the 26,000 acre Embody Tract in the Fort Rock Basin SE of Lapine on Ecotrust Forest Management Lands.   31.3 miles from US 97 at 31 Junction.  Short drive on a dirt road off Hwy 31.

When: September 21.  Likely need a few to help move buck and poles around the project the day prior.

What: 3 rail Buck and Pole fence to keep cattle out of the springs but allow for deer and elk to utilize the area.

Who is signed up so far We would like to at least double the number:

Eric Brown
Troy Boyd
Joe Bentsen
Don Clark
Bill Littlefield
Matthew Hardman
Rex Parks
Stephanie Merrill
Greg Petsch
Fred Newton
Dick Masters

and 30 Oregon Youth Challenge Youngsters!

We are still looking for volunteers – come join us for a very worthwhile project and a thoroughly enjoyable day with great people and friends!

 

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/

Ladies Hunting Camps

The two camps over the past 2 weeks went very well and OHA and Bend Chapter got a lot of praise and recognition.  Candy and Randy are very appreciative for our support.

If I remember correctly we 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.  This last camp the Bend chapter had a good showing of volunteers (approximately 10).

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

On another note Bob Dixon (Bend President) and 8 other volunteers assisted at the NW Ladies Hunting Camp off Hwy 31.  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.

 

Learn More

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

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.

OHA MEMBER APPLICATION PDF

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.

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

CHAPTER MEETINGS:

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

CHAPTER OFFICERS

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
Open

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

Shootin the Bull Pint Night

Your Bend OHA Chapter and Bridge 99 proudly present Shootin’ the Bull Pint Night on Monday July 29 from 5:30 – 8 pm.  OHA members and guests receive $2 off per beer.  Come and meet your fellow members and share stories.  Contact an OHA board member at the event to get your discount card before beer purchase.

Guest Speaker:  Corey Heath, ODFW District Biologist

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.

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
katie@longleafmedical.com
(o) 208.274.3596
(c) 508.596.6456

2019 Youth & Family Outdoor Day

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!

OREGON BACK COUNTRY HUNTERS

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

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pnUbKfp_dc&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=The+Oregon+Rendezvous+-+A+RMEF+Film&utm_campaign=The+Oregon+Rendezvous+-+A+RMEF+Film

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
Hunt

2016 Karl Findling
Record Book Bear

2016 Crescent Elk Meadow Thinning

2016 Ochoco Multi Ch Project

2016 Crawford Juniper Clearing

2016
Dale Putman

Greg Petsch
Bear

2016 OHA Bend Chapter
Youth and Family Day

Newsletters & Publications

OHA – Tracker, Yearlings & Other

Please click on the OHA Icon at the upper left of this page to go to the State website and click on About/Publications.