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ODFW Announces Winners Of Take A Friend Hunting Contest

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

John Martinez of Brownsville, Ore. will get to hunt deer statewide for four months later this year, after winning the grand prize of a statewide deer tag in ODFW’s 2018 Take a Friend Hunting Contest.

AN ALBANY-AREA HUNTER WILL HAVE A FOUR-MONTH-LONG OREGON DEER SEASON LATER THIS YEAR AFTER PARTICIPATING IN AND WINNING ODFW’S TAKE A FRIEND HUNTING CONTEST. (NICK MYATT, ODFW)

Twenty-two other hunters also won prizes in this contest, which encouraged adult hunters to take out other adult friends and family members who had never hunted before or hadn’t gone in several years.;

A total of 740 people signed up for the contest (370 entries of two hunters, the mentor and the mentee).

Outdoor businesses Bi-Mart, Cabela’s, Kershaw Knives, Nosler, Sitka Gear, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Vista Outdoors all donated prizes. Sportsmen conservation groups Boone and Crockett, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Wild Sheep Foundation also donated prizes. (More details on prize donations below.)

The contest is part of larger ODFW efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters, particularly adult hunters. While ODFW has a variety of programs encouraging hunters to mentor youth in the sport, the contest was a way to incentivize mentoring among adult hunters.

“We thank all the hunters, old and new, who participated, and all the vendors and sportsman groups that donated a prize,” said Chris Williard, ODFW Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. “We hope all participants had a great outdoor experience and will continue hunting in Oregon.”

A list of prizes and winners of the 2018 Take a Friend Hunting Contest follows. Winners have already been notified and prizes will be delivered in the upcoming weeks.

Bi-Mart
Monarch 5 10×42 Binocular – Jason Muller, Canby

Boone and Crockett Club
Legendary Hunts of Theodore Roosevelt by John Seerey-Lester – John Walmer, Portland

Cabela’s
$500 Gift Card – Nikolay Prantsevish, Portland

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Otis Technology Gun Cleaning System (for Pistols, Rifles, and Shotguns) and Halo XL 450 Rangefinder – Robert Middaugh, Cottage Grove

Ducks Unlimited
Landing Zone in Realtree Max5 camo – Lark Mansuetti, Lebanon

Kershaw Knives
Ultimate Knife Package – Joshua Hindman, Irrigon

Mule Deer Foundation
MDF Orca Green 40-Quart Cooler – Joseph Carter, Portland

Nosler
$100 Gift Card – Gideon LaPointe, Saint Helens
$100 Gift Card – Logan Heisler, Springfield
$100 Gift Card – Tim Armitage, Grants Pass
$100 Gift Card – Kenneth Purnell, Dallas
$100 Gift Card – James Burke, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif.

ODFW/Oregon Hunters Association
ODFW Statewide Deer Tag with season Aug. 1-Nov. 30 (OHA to purchase tag for winner) – John Martinez, Brownsville

Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus
Wild Game Innovations Vision 8 Lightsout Trail Camera – Randy Vicker, Hillsboro

Pheasants Forever
Tenzing Upland Vest – Benjamyn Boyer, Lebanon
Tenzing Shooter’s Bag – Ryan Webb, Bly
Behring Pintail Knife – Robert Heilman, Grants Pass

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Eberlestock Me Team Elk Pack – Michael Jarvis, Yamhill

Sitka
Big Game Subalpine (Core Heavyweight Hoody, Jetstream Jacket, Timberline Pant, and SITKA Cap) – Jason Johnson, West Linn

Sportsman’s Warehouse;
$250 Gift Card – Dustin Dear, Concord, Calif.
$250 Gift Card – Gary Short, Central Point

Vista Outdoors
Camp Chef Stove, Cast Iron Set and Chef Utensils Set – Tanner Krewson, La Grande

Wild Sheep Foundation
Sitka Pants and Jacket – Scott Cooper, Roseburg

Take A Newb Hunting In Oregon, Maybe Win A Prize In ODFW Contest

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Take a friend new to the sport out hunting this year—you might win a prize!

ODFW launched its second Take a Friend Hunting contest today. Hunters who take someone new to the sport out hunting—or even someone who just hasn’t hunted in several years—can enter to win prizes including hunting gear and a statewide deer tag for 2019.

DEER HUNTERS IN EASTERN OREGON’S SILVER LAKE UNIT PEER OUT OVER THE LANDSCAPE. (DAVE BUDEAU VIA ODFW)

To be eligible for the contest, both the experienced hunter (mentor) and the new or returning hunter (mentee) must have a valid 2018 Oregon hunting license and be age 18 or older. New or returning hunters are those who have never purchased an Oregon hunting license, purchased for the first time in 2017, or have not purchased since 2013.

Both Oregon residents and non-residents are eligible to enter the contest. Hunters can take a friend, spouse or any family member along hunting, as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Last year was the first Take a Friend Hunting Contest. A total of 1,546 people joined the contest (773 entries of two hunters, the mentor and the mentee) and 22 people won prizes from $50 gift cards to the grand prize of a statewide deer tag.

Another statewide deer tag will be offered this year (for the 2019 season). See other prizes below.

“Learning to hunt can be challenging for adults who didn’t grow up hunting,” said Chris Willard, ODFW recruitment and retention coordinator. “Mentoring by a friend or relative is a great way for those interested in hunting to get started.

“This year step up and take a friend hunting. Or, if you’ve never hunted and would like to learn how, ask a friend who hunts to take you along,” Willard added. “Either way, take advantage of Oregon’s tremendous hunting opportunities and the chance to enjoy the outdoors with friends.”

Unlike the ODFW Youth Mentor Program, the Take a Friend Hunting contest is for adults (age 18 and older) only, and each person must hunt on their own license and tag. All types of hunting (big game, waterfowl, upland bird, small game, etc.) qualify, as long as they are legal, ethical and safe.

Mentees who want to go big game hunting but did not draw a controlled hunt tag are welcome to join the mentor’s hunt (or vice versa). But the person without a tag may not carry a rifle or bow or take a shot at the big game animal with their friend’s weapon.

Participants need to register for the contest no later than Dec. 31, 2018 at the MyODFW.com website on the contest page (https://myodfw.com/articles/take-friend-hunting-contest ). Both mentor and mentee will be provided with safety guidelines to review, and must commit to having already mentored or plan to in 2018. For the full eligibility and contest rules, visit the contest page.

While both parties need to register and provide a Hunter/Angler ID#, the mentor will win the prize. Winners will be notified by Jan. 31, 2019.

The Take a Friend Hunting Contest is part of ODFW efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of hunting among Oregonians and encourage more participation in the sport. Through their purchase of hunting licenses and equipment, hunters fund wildlife management, research, habitat restoration and other work that benefits both game species and wildlife species that aren’t hunted.

Below are the contest prizes as of July 31, 2018. More prizes may be added, check the contest page for the latest.

  • Bi-Mart – Monarch 5 10×42 Binocular
  • Boone & Crockett – Legendary Hunts of Theodore Roosevelt by John Seerey-Lester
  • Cabela’s – $500 Gift Card
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation – Otis Technology Gun Cleaning System (for Pistols, Rifles, and Shotguns) and Halo XL 450 Rangefinder
  • Ducks Unlimited – Landing Zone in Realtree Max5 camo
  • Kershaw – Ultimate Knife Package
  • Mule Deer Foundation — Siberian Sidekick Cooler
  • Nosler – Five $100 Gift Cards
  • ODFW/Oregon Hunters Association – ODFW Statewide Deer Tag (OHA to purchase tag for winner)
  • Oregon Sportsmen’s Caucus – Wild Game Innovations Vision 8 Lightsout Trail Camera
  • Pheasants Forever – Tenzing Upland Vest, Tenzing Shooter’s Bag, Browning DIY Butcher Kit, Behring Pintail Knife
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Eberlestock Me Team Elk Pack
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse – Two $250 Gift Cards
  • Vista Outdoors – Camp Chef Package: Stove, Cast Iron Set and Chef Utensils Set
  • Wild Sheep Foundation – Sitka Pants and Jacket

New ODFW Program Encourages Sportsmen To ‘Take A Friend Hunting,’ Maybe Win A Prize

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE DFROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLFIE

Maybe it’s a work friend who has never been hunting but is curious about the sport—or your spouse wants to experience your weekends during the fall hunting season. Or it’s an old friend who hasn’t made time to hunt in years, because they don’t have anyone to go with.

For veteran hunters who want to pass on their passion for the outdoors, this is the year to take that friend hunting—and enter to win a prize for your efforts.

A GRAPHIC SUPPLIED BY THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE FOR THE AGENCY’S NEW “TAKE A FRIEND HUNTING” CAMPAIGN, FEATURING SOME GREAT PRIZES. (ODFW)

ODFW is hosting the new “Take a Friend Hunting” Contest to encourage friends and family members to enjoy time together in the outdoors this year.

Adult hunters who mentor other new or lapsed adult hunters can enter to win prizes, including a 2018 statewide deer tag (pending Fish and Wildlife Commission approval), a Leupold rifle scope valued at $690, an Eberlestock M5 Team Elk Pack valued at $329, and more.

To be eligible for the contest, both the experienced hunter (mentor) and the new or lapsed hunter (mentee) must have a valid 2017 Oregon hunting license and be age 18 or older. New or returning hunters are those who have never purchased an Oregon hunting license, purchased for the first time in 2016, or have not purchased since 2012.

“Learning to hunt can be challenging for adults who didn’t grow up hunting,” said Chris Willard, ODFW recruitment and retention coordinator. “Mentoring by a friend or relative is a great way for those interested in hunting to get started.

“This year step up and take a friend hunting. Or, if you’ve never hunted and would like to learn how, ask a friend who hunts to take you along,” Willard added. “Either way, take advantage of Oregon’s tremendous hunting opportunities and the chance to enjoy the outdoors with friends.”

Unlike the ODFW Youth Mentor Program, the Take a Friend Hunting contest is for adults only, and each person must hunt on their own license and tag. All types of hunting (big game, waterfowl, upland bird, predator) qualify, as long as they are legal, ethical and safe.

Mentees who want to go big game hunting but did not draw a controlled hunt tag are welcome to join the mentor’s hunt (or vice versa). But the person without a tag may not carry a rifle or bow or take a shot at the big game animal with their friend’s weapon.

Participants need to register for the contest at www.oregonhunter.info/ no later than Dec. 31, 2017. Both mentor and mentee will be provided with safety guidelines to review, and must commit to having already mentored or plan to in 2017. For the full eligibility and contest rules, visit the contest page at http://www.oregonhunter.info/take-a-friend/.

While both parties need to register and provide a Hunter/Angler ID#, the mentor will win the prize. Winners will be notified in January 2018. The list of partner prizes is growing as organizations and manufacturers jump on board with these efforts encouraging new hunters. See the list of prizes at http://www.oregonhunter.info/prizes/.

The Take a Friend Hunting Contest is part of ODFW efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of hunting among Oregonians and encourage more participation in the sport. Through their purchase of hunting licenses and equipment, hunters fund wildlife management, research, habitat restoration and other work that benefits both game species and wildlife species that aren’t hunted. Visit www.oregonhuntiner.info to learn more.