Elk Archery season has officially begun….

The season opener was heralded in by a merciful end to the incessant heat of this very unusual summer. Its starting to feel like fall. After weeks of scouting hunting grounds in the Scappoose unit, we were ready to slip into the dark woods and see if we could set onto some bulls enjoying the changing seasons.

The Moon was full and the sky was clear. You almost don’t need a headlamp to navigate along the path. As we reached our spot, a gentle wind was in our face, bringing the sweet smell of grass and timber. Somewhere, far in the distance, coyotes were howling at the moon as it slowly sank behind us and a rosy glow was starting to grow in the east.

Down past the clear-cut below us in a thick stand of pine, there was an unmistakable pop of sticks that only be an Elk. A few cow calls could be heard followed by a quiet Bugle of a bull elk. Your pulse quickens and, as the sun slowly rises, you reach that eerie predawn light that makes every stump, shrub or brush pile look like it just might be that next monster bull.

This is the magic of hunting, this is why we practice all summer. Weather we’re successful that day or not, we still drag ourselves out of bed at zero-dark-thirty. Hike in on pitch black trails and sit in predawn forests until shooting light. There is no stress from work or family, no bills that have to be paid, only you and this beautiful land we are blessed with.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the season is here– Your season is here. Good luck, and happy hunting.

Jordan Hicks

President

Columbia County Chapter, OHA

New President

I would like to take a moment to thank Frank Hupp for his tireless leadership over the past years, and I would also like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new president of the Columbia County Chapter of the OHA.

From an early age, I have embraced both the love of the outdoors as well as the need to protect its use and availability to everyone, both present and future.  I’m looking forward to reaching out and listening to the needs of our community and how we, as an organization, can best support it. I want to find new ways that we can help preserve our rights and traditions, as well as acting as a voice for thousands of hunters throughout the County. I am looking forward to hosting more events that will improve both access and habitat for our community, as well as focus on bringing in the younger generation into the sport and lifestyle. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for how we can better help our community, I would love to hear from you. Please come to one of our meetings, or feel free to write me at  columbiacountychapteroha@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

Jordan T. Hicks

Columbia County OHA President

April 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from your President,
Spring is trying to get here. As I write this Easter has just past, there is still snow in the foot hills, and the trees are blossoming out.  What a weather year it has been already.
We had our post banquet committee meeting. Thank you to all who attended. It was determined that we did a lot of things well.  But we still have room for improvement. If you saw something that we did well or something that we need to improve on please let us know. Either give one of our board members a call or send us an email. The contact information is on the last page of the newsletter.
This is another reminder. It is about time to get your controlled hunt applications sent in. The controlled hunt application deadline is May 15th. Do not wait until the deadline.
Duane Bernard sent me an email. He is suggesting that all members of our hunting community be made aware of the Elk Hoof Disease.  (See article on page 5 of April 2018 Newsletter)
There are several ballot measure petitions that want to take away your guns floating around getting signatures. You and I will have to work very hard to make sure that if these measures do make it on the ballot that we vote them down. This will affect everyone who owns and loves their guns. We need to make sure that we query our elected officials and all who are running for election to make sure that they will protect our second amendment rights. If they will not protect our gun rights, then vote them out. Period!!!
Our annual elections of officers and board members will be at our May 14, 2018 meeting. If you are interested in being a board member please attend our April 9, 2018 meeting and let us know so that we can get you name on a ballot. The positions up for election are President (Frank E. Hupp) and Secretary (Jordan Hicks); and the board positions currently held by Eric Strand, Matt Owens, Brandon Haflich and Steve Copple. Francis Brownell will be in charge of the elections.

I hope and pray that you have a great year.

Frank E. Hupp, DTM, President, Columbia County Chapter OHA

March 2018 Newsletter – Great Banquet!

Greetings from your President,
WOW!!! Did we have a banquet or not. It was a record breaker for us. We planned for 300 attendees and had over 320. We had nearly 50 kids pre-registered. For the first time ever we sold out all of the Les Schwab gun raffle tickets. We also had the opportunity to auction the State Wide Access & Habitat elk tag. The tag sold for $45,000. That was not a OHA record, but it was pretty darn good. Thank you to all who made it happen. Especially thank you to Gene Chouinard who made sure that our paperwork was in order.  Again, thank you to all of the volunteers that made this a great event. Without you we would not have been successful.
We have scheduled a post-banquet meeting. We will discuss what went well and any potential improvements that we can make.  The meeting will be held at Sunshine Pizza in St. Helens on Thursday March 15th at 7:00 p.m  It is about time to get your controlled hunt applications sent in. The controlled hunt application deadline is May 15th. Do not wait until the deadline. My brother and I have been discussing potential hunts now for several months. We have it pretty much nailed down.
Have you picked up your game regulations yet? They have been reformatted and reorganized. On page 17 there is a map of the states that have been affected by CWD (chronic wasting disease). Check the map before you apply for hunts in these states. There are quite a few changes in the game regulations. They are highlighted in yellow.
We will have our annual elections of officers and board members at our May 14, 2018 meeting. If you are interested in being a board member please attend our April 9, 2018 meeting and let us know so that we can get you name on a ballot.
I hope and pray that you have a great year.

Frank E. Hupp, DTM, President, Columbia County Chapter OHA

April 2017 OHA Columbia Chapter Update

I hope that all of you are doing well. I am certainly glad that the rain is letting up and that it is getting warmer. Hope that all of you have made plans for getting your drawing applications in. My brother Charlie and I have already put ours in. Then I discovered that I had not purchase my bear tag. Oh darn, another trip to the sporting goods store.

I cannot express enough how thankful I am for all of the volunteers that spent many hours to make our banquet a success. It takes hundreds of hours of volunteer time. And then Gene Chouinard spends many more hours to get the paperwork done. Thank you Gene.

It is not too early to start thinking about our next banquet to be held on February 24, 2018. We always need donated items. If you know of anyone who has some great clearance sales on anything hunting or camping, get those items and donate them to our chapter. It will make a tremendous difference. Mark your calendar for our annual picnic to be held on July 29th. We will hold the summer raffle on that date. We will let you know soon what the raffle item will be.

Please give us some feedback on what you would like it to be.
Columbia County Chapter President, Frank E. Hupp, DTM

March 2017 Welcome from Frank Hupp

Our 12th annual banquet and fundraiser is in the books. We had some
successes and a few challenges. Our attendance was a little smaller than
previous years. Our donations were also down significantly which affects
our ability to sponsor more projects and activities. Hopefully more of our
members will get involved and help. We need to start asking for donations
by about mid-summer.
We had a number of first time attendees this year. That is always exciting.
We heard a lot of comments about how well our banquet preparation
was, how good the food was, and how much fun that they had. Of
course there are always a few glitches. Fortunately they were pretty minor.
Our volunteers were marvelous. They always come thru for us. I did
not get everyone’s names and I would not want to give a list of names
because I know that I would not get everyone. I just want to state that we
had a number of first time volunteers helping with the banquet preparation,
set-up, and at the banquet. The first timers and the seasoned volunteers,
and you know who you are; and all of you who attended made this
banquet a success. Thank you.
Frank E. Hupp, DTM, President, Columbia County Chapter OHA

Febuary 2017 Welcome to OHA Columbia Chapter

Welcome from your president. I hope that your new year is
starting out with a good bang. It is almost time to get your
applications in for your hunt selections, or am I the only one
who is getting anxious for hunting season to start. Well for you
goose hunters it is going on now, but I do not hunt waterfowl
any more. We are getting close to our 12th annual Fundraiser
Banquet. It is on February 25th. We are having weekly meetings
at Sunshine Pizza on every Thursday at 7 p.m. Hope to see
many of you there. We could sure use your help, as always;
there is a lot to do and not enough hands to get everything
done. Let’s hope that there is no snow or ice for our date. I am
so glad that our newsletters are back. Please give a great big
thank you to Don Maywald for what he has already done for our
chapter and for the new look of the newsletter. Please send
him an email with your thoughts.
Columbia County Chapter President, Frank E. Hupp, DTM

Febuary 2017 Welcome

Welcome from your president. I hope that your new year is
starting out with a good bang. It is almost time to get your
applications in for your hunt selections, or am I the only one
who is getting anxious for hunting season to start. Well for you
goose hunters it is going on now, but I do not hunt waterfowl
any more. We are getting close to our 12th annual Fundraiser
Banquet. It is on February 25th. We are having weekly meetings
at Sunshine Pizza on every Thursday at 7 p.m. Hope to see
many of you there. We could sure use your help, as always;
there is a lot to do and not enough hands to get everything
done. Let’s hope that there is no snow or ice for our date. I am
so glad that our newsletters are back. Please give a great big
thank you to Don Maywald for what he has already done for our
chapter and for the new look of the newsletter. Please send
him an email with your thoughts.
Columbia County Chapter President, Frank E. Hupp, DTM