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Six new properties opened to public waterfowl and upland game bird hunting access through ODFW Open Fields Program

December 1, 2011

SALEM, Ore. — 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.

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 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 / Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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