Oregon Hunters Association announced recently $16,500 in grants awarded
to fund four Oregon wildlife habitat management and research projects.
OHA Chapter Mallard Hen House Project, Statewide
Tyler Dungannon, of Phoenix, has been awarded a $2,000 grant to fund
the construction and placement of mallard hen houses by Oregon Hunters
Association chapters throughout the state. He will coordinate the
program. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide
matching funds through its waterfowl stamp program.
Mallard hen houses are cylindrical structures made of wire, straw and
other materials that provide a nesting space for ducks. They are
generally placed on poles in marshes and ponds. Mallards nesting in hen
houses have up to 20 percent greater nesting success because their eggs
are less vulnerable to predators than those that build their nests on
Contact: OHA State Office, (541) 772-7313.
Lemiti Wildlife Guzzler Project, Mount Hood National Forest
A $3,000 grant to the OHA Hoodview Chapter will be used to construct a
wildlife guzzler on the Mount Hood National Forest in the Lemiti Creek
area this summer. Wildlife guzzlers are structures designed to collect
and store water for wildlife and are especially critical for animals
inhabiting arid regions or during periods of drought. They consist of a
flat surface or apron that collects rainwater and funnels it into
storage tanks containing a basin out of which wildlife can drink.
The guzzler will be constructed along a natural wildlife corridor used
by deer, elk and other animals where most water sources dry up by late
summer and early fall. The guzzler will provide water for animals using
and traveling thorough this area during periods when naturally occurring
water is not available.
Contact: Catherine Hamell, Hood River Chapter OHA, (503) 358-7821
Klamath County Wildlife Guzzlers, Klamath County
The Klamath County OHA Chapter will use a $5,000 grant to pay for
expenses to repair and maintain more than 200 wildlife guzzlers located
on private and public lands within Klamath County. The guzzlers, which
collect and store water for wildlife, require regular annual
maintenance. Heavy snow and other harsh winter weather conditions can
damage the guzzlers, debris may clog the water reservoirs that prevent
animals from drinking and the fences surrounding the guzzlers to keep
livestock away may be knocked down. The chapter will also develop a plan
to rebuild the guzzlers every 20 years.
Contact: Rick Vieira, Klamath County Chapter OHA, (541) 591-2452
White River Mature Buck Migration Study, White River Wildlife Area
An ongoing study of black-tailed deer on the White River Wildlife Area
by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will use a $6,000 grant to
help determine where mature bucks spend the summer, when they migrate
to their summer range, how long it takes them to migrate, types of
habitat they use, and rates and causes of mortality. Currently, there
are 44 deer in the study that have radio collars, which allows
researchers to follow their movements and activities. OHA funds will be
used to put radio collars on more deer next winter. The project has been
ongoing since 2008.
The 40,877-acre White River Wildlife Area is located near Wamic and is
owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Contact: Mike Moore, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Dalles, (541) 296-4628
Oregon Hunters Association is the state’s largest pro-hunting
organization, with 11,000 members and 27 chapters statewide. Its mission
is “to provide abundant huntable wildlife resources in Oregon for
present and future generations, enhancement of wildlife habitat and
protection of hunters’ rights.”