Feb 01,2008 00:00
SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (ODFW) Access and Habitat Program is offering nine big game tags for auction at the banquet and convention events of select hunter/wildlife conservation organizations in 2008.
Proceeds from these annual auctions benefit the A&H program, which funds wildlife habitat improvement projects and increased public hunting access to private lands. Last year’s auctions raised $258,500.
A&H program auction hunts for 2008 include four statewide deer hunts, four statewide elk hunts and one statewide combination elk and deer hunt. The auction tags award-winning bidders extended hunting seasons from Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, 2008 anywhere in Oregon where there is an authorized season for deer and/or elk. See page 27 of the 2008 Oregon Big Game Regulations for complete information on the auction hunts.
Hunters may bid on tags in person by attending the events or by telephone after contacting event organizers to make advance arrangements. A&H Program auction hunts for 2008 are:
February 2 — STATEWIDE DEER
Santiam River Chapter
February 2 — STATEWIDE ELK
Curry Coastal Chapter
February 22 — STATEWIDE COMBO DEER/ELK
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National
March 1 — STATEWIDE ELK
Emerald Valley Chapter
March 15 — STATEWIDE DEER
March 29 — STATEWIDE DEER
Oregon Bow Hunters Association
April 5 — STATEWIDE ELK
May 3 — STATEWIDE ELK
May 17 — STATEWIDE DEER
The A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses and revenues from auction and raffle hunts. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.
For information on the A&H Program call program coordinator Matt Keenan at 503-947-6087 or visit the Web site.