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Program Opens 20,000 Acres for 08-09

8/10/2008 6:27:00 AM

Program opens 20,000 acres for 2008-09 hunting season

The East Oregonian

An agreement between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and landowners in Grant and Union counties, will open up nearly 20,000 private acres to hunters for the 2008-09 hunting seasons, the ODFW announced Friday.

ODFW's Access and Habitat Program gave a $46,187 grant to the landowners in exchange for allowing hunting on their properties.

A $2 surcharge on hunting licenses and revenues from auction and raffle hunts funds the Access and Habitat Program.

ODFW's program gave $20,992 to the owners of the Forsea Ranch (which has been enrolled in the program since 2003) in Baker County to allow hunters to roam 9,330 acres between Aug. 1, 2008, and July 31, 2009.

"The property offers outstanding opportunities to hunt for bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bear, cougar and upland game birds," ODFW said.

ODFW awarded a $17,460 grant to Baker County landowner Mike Widman to open 8,430 acres within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Area from Aug. 1 to Dec. 1.

"The area offers opportunities to hunt for trophy mule deer and chukar," ODFW said. "Elk and pronghorn also use the property."

The state agency is awarding $3,535 to Irwin Smutz to allow hunting on 1,414 acres of his Union County property from Aug. 1, 2008, to July 31, 2009.

"The property offers hunting for deer, elk, bear, cougar, waterfowl and upland game birds," ODFW said.

For more information about hunting these areas, call ODFW at the Grand Ronde Watershed District Office in La Grande at (541) 963-2138.

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