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More OR Private Land Opened For Public Hunts In Valley, Basin

(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

Six more private properties — three in the Willamette Valley and three in the Columbia Basin — have been opened to public hunting access through an agreement between the landowners and ODFW’s Open Fields program.

See below for more details on the properties, including whether they are open on a “Welcome to Hunt” or “By Permission” basis. If the property is marked “By Permission,” hunters must contact ODFW’s local Open Fields coordinator to reserve a time to hunt before going to the property.

SCREEN SHOT FROM ODFW'S HUNTING MAP WEB SITE. (ODFW)

New properties are continually being added to the program so hunters should visit the Oregon Open Fields website for updated information or contact the local Open Fields coordinator, (503) 798-3610 for the Willamette Valley and (541) 224-3182 for the Columbia Basin.

Willamette Valley Open Fields properties

Manning Farms Access Area

736 acres in Willamette Unit
“Welcome to Hunt” basis, walk-in access with very limited motorized vehicle access
Open through Jan. 29, 2012
Hunt for goose, duck and Wilson’s snipe

Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

Calvin Farms Access Area

Three parcels totaling 342 acres in the Willamette Unit
“Welcome to Hunt” basis, walk-in access only
Open through March 10, 2012
Hunt for goose and duck
Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

Galen Kropf Farms Access Area

913 acres in the McKenzie Unit
“Welcome to Hunt” basis, walk-in access only
Open through Jan. 29, 2012
Hunt for goose and duck
Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

Columbia Basin Open Fields properties

Social Ridge Access Area

4,535 acres in the Columbia Basin Unit
“Welcome to Hunt” basis, walk-in access only
Open through Sept. 30, 2012
Hunt for chukar, valley quail, pheasant, gray partridge, coyote and deer
Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

Bedrock Farms Access Area

363 acres in the Columbia Basin unit
“By Permission” basis, call (541) 224-3182 to reserve; walk-in access only
Open through Jan. 31, 2012 by reservation only
Hunt for valley quail, pheasant, goose, coyote and deer
Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

Bunker Hill Access Area

1,345 acres in the Columbia Basin Unit
“By Permission” basis, call (541) 224-3182 to reserve
Hunt for chukar, valley quail, pheasant, gray partridge and coyote
Open through Dec. 31, 2011 by reservation only
Map available at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/

The Oregon Open Fields program is administered through the ODFW Access and Habitat Program and is funded by a grant from the Farm Service Agency. The program’s purpose is to provide additional public hunting opportunities within the Willamette Valley and Columbia Basin.

The A&H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses, big game auction and raffle tag sales. More information about the A&H Program may be found on the Web at www.dfw.state.or.us/AH/.