Learn about private lands granting public access to bird hunting in the Columbia Basin. Part 4 of a 4 part series of articles.
Part 1: Columbia Basin Bird Hunting Guide - An Introduction
Part 2: Bird Hunting the Columbia Basin State Wildlife Areas
Part 3: Bird Hunting the Columbia Basin Federal Wildlife Refuges
Part 4: Public Access to Private Land for Bird Hunters in the Columbia Basin (you are here)
A&H provides grants that open private land to hunting and improve wildlife habitat for game animals. Created in 1993, the program is funded by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and the annual auction and raffle of special deer and elk tags.
It offers two kinds of hunting opportunities on private land: “Welcome to Hunt” access where no permission is required and "Hunt with Permission” areas where hunters must contact the landowner or ODFW staff for permission or to make a reservation.
Each August, the A&H program produces a “Private Land Hunting Opportunities” packet with detailed information about all properties enrolled, including printed maps for “Welcome to Hunt” properties. Contact the A&H program at ODFW’s Salem Headquarters (503-947-6087 or 503-947-6317) for a copy of the packet or see the Oregon Hunting Map for A&H properties.
A&H currently funds two large “Welcome to Hunt” Regulated Hunt Areas (RHAs) in the Columbia Basin.
RHAs are cooperative programs between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and private landowners that offer regulated hunting on private lands. Each RHA has special regulations, so be sure to check them before hunting.
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