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Mule Deer Initiative Planning Committee to meet April 7 in John Day

   

Date:

March 31, 2009

Contact:

Greg Jackle (541) 575-1167
Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022
Fax: (503) 947-6009

JOHN DAY, Ore.--The Murderers Creek Mule Deer Initiative Planning Committee will meet Tuesday, April 7, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Johnnie Titus room of the Grant County Health Department, 528 E Main St Ste E, John Day.

The Mule Deer Initiative is a new effort by ODFW, partner sportsman organizations and land managers to increase mule deer populations in eastern Oregon. Murderers Creek is one of five wildlife management units selected for the initial effort.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, where committee members will discuss habitat management. An opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.  The committee is expected to meet on several more occasions before making recommendations to ODFW staff.

Mule deer populations have declined across the western United States for a variety of reasons including loss of habitat, changes in land and predator management practices and other factors. Many of today’s hunters grew up hunting mule deer and want their kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities they did.

Mule deer hunting and viewing also contribute significant dollars to eastern Oregon’s economy. Last year, more than 74,000 people went deer hunting in eastern Oregon, generating an estimated $22 million for the economy.

Planning committee members include representatives from Oregon Hunters Association, the Mule Deer Foundation, BLM, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Warm Springs Tribe and private landowners.

For more information contact Greg Jackle at 541 575 1167.

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