TURN IN POACHERS

This month OHA Bend is putting its money where its mouth is in 2 ways to combat poaching.

FIRST: In Partnership with ODFW we’ve committed to split the cost of an over $13K for a 12 month lease of a billboard at the intersection of Hwy 97 & Wickiup Junction northbound to alert the public to the problem and show how easy it is for them to help deter, report and apprehend poachers by way of our TIPS Program. We & ODFW are also amplifying the message at least 10 fold by posting it on social media. Here’s a photo of the billboard.

POP OHA – Bend Chapter Wickiup Jct. 2031 B SF Installed 07-09-24 Rdcd

SECOND: This week OHA Bend members approved the purchase of up to $5,500 hi tech equipment to include Game Cameras, Metal detectors and night vision/thermal monoculars with video filming capabilities to be donated to Oregon State Police (OSP) who’s job it is to find and arrest poachers at our next meeting. 

OREGON PARTNERS IN CONSERVATION
Family Expo

First Interstate Event Center
Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, Oregon

We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. The energy was palpable and without exception, families and exhibitors alike told us this was perhaps the most worthwhile event they’d ever attended, especially those who came with children. EVERYONE we spoke with said they would come again next year.  In fact since the show a handful of other organizations called us out of the blue to ask to be involved next year!
SAVE THE DATE: April 26, 2025

For those who were unable to attend, this was an unprecedented opportunity for families and youth to learn about Oregon’s amazing range of outdoor possibilities all under one roof in a matter of hours. Attendees met experts from a wide variety of outdoor focused organizations who showcased what they do and how to get started via hands-on, interactive, family friendly exhibits. Whether it was fishing, hunting, back country hiking, rock hounding, scuba diving, trapping, clamming, mushroom hunting you name it, each of the exhibitors shared one thing in common – their enduring commitment to pure healthy enjoyment and responsible stewardship of our state’s many natural wonders. 

Join us next year to learn the possibilities that await you in the great outdoors.

REGISTRATION/ENTRY IS FREE!
This was and will remain a pressure free, educational, non-selling expo other than memberships offered by the exhibiting organizations.

Pass the word!

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”

OUR FRIEND & OPIC PARTNER

CENTRAL OR. MUSHROOM CLUB

presents
Alan Rockefeller

Nationally acclaimed Mushroom Expert

TOMORROW
June 18 @ 6-8pm

Trinity Episcopal Church
469 NW Wall, in Downtown Bend

For more details click here and here

To learn more about COMC or become a member click here

ODFW

Shotgun skills classes

June 22 or July 13
Bend Trap Club
Cost: $25

For more info & to register click here

Bowhunting skills workshop

June 29-30 (two days)
Three Rivers Archery Park, La Pine
Fee: $35

For more info & to register click here

CHAPTER MEETINGS
2nd Wednesday Every Month

6:30pm
Big E’s Bar & Grill
1012 SE Cleveland Ave, Bend
541-389-5625

Meeting Room to open at 5pm – Meals available

Wed July 10, 2024
GUEST SPEAKERS
Board Members
Describe what each of us does!

COMING VERY SOON!

ALL HANDS ALL BRANDS OCHOCO PROJECTS
June 28-30, 2024

Last year’s projects were so successful so quickly that we plan to do more of the same this year: that is installing more Beaver Dam Analogs to aid in  water retention and riparian/stream restoration in the Ochocos. We’ll be camping and working from DEEP CREEK CAMPGROUND. After a full day of work on Saturday, you’ll be rewarded with a potluck steak dinner, gear raffle and music centered around a campfire in the company of some of the finest people from all over the state. Youth & Families are welcome. Overnight camping is highly encouraged. Many even start to arrive a few days early!

For more information and to sign up Click here

Click here for full report & photos from 2023

WILDLIFE CROSSINGS

Lava Butte to Sunriver Junction Maintenance

6 Bend OHA members recently conducted a routine fence patrol & found a little more damage than usual; some requiring ODOT’s attention. Click here for the full report.
In case you were unaware, Bend OHA inspects this fencing twice a year.

We also strongly support the Gilchrist Crossing Project that’s underway – legislatively and financially!

New poll shows 86% of voters support building more road crossings for animals
Click Here & Here to see the Articles

Click here for more information on Safe Wildlife Crossings & other ways to show your support

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

CHAPTER OFFICERS

Chapter President: Rex Parks (541) 480-0230

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

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

Secretary: Wendy Borst (541) 480-0748

Treasurer: John Bambe (541) 480-9848

At Large (Media): Bob Buddenbohn (817) 470-7018

At Large (Youth Events): Kevin Borst (541) 480-7323

At Large (Outreach/Marketing): JR Lorimor (541)420-2741

Project Coordinator: Don Clark (702)460-3653

Banquet Chair: Bill Beckley (541) 410-0824

Past Presidents:
Bob Dixon (503) 572-2805
Bill Littlefield (541) 429-2950

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.


ANNUAL MULE DEER CLASSIC BANQUET

MARCH 9, 2024

Click here for the Registration/Order Form & Instructions on how to Order

Click here for the Raffle Options

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

 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.below

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.

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!

2024 Beckley Scholarship Information & Application

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