Blog Archives

Non-lead Ammunition Test Day

Hunters and shooters can give non-lead ammunition a try for free at the Eagle Cap Shooting Club on August 20, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m, courtesy of the Non-Lead Hunting Education Program. The ECSA range is located north of Enterprise, Oregon. Click here for more information.

Advertisements

Hunting with Non-lead Ammunition: Preserving hunting and wildlife for Oregon’s Future

This workshop will provide Pacific Northwest hunters and wildlife professionals with an interactive forum to learn about and discuss the effects of lead ingestion on wildlife in Oregon, the ballistics of non-lead ammunition, and ways to reduce lead’s impact on wildlife. Panel discussions will provide participants with opportunities to share their experiences and contribute ideas towards a strategy to reduce the availability of lead from ammunition to wildlife in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Topics include:

  • Overview of lead and wildlife issues in other states
  • Current field research in Oregon
  • Hunter opinions, attitudes, and experiences
  • Ballistics and effectiveness of non-lead ammunition
  • Engaging hunters to help solve the problem

Agenda

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Morning Session: Overview of wildlife exposure to lead from ammunition, challenges of changing to non-lead ammunition and performance of non-lead ammunition

9:00 – 9:05 Teri Dresler, Oregon Zoo
Welcome and introductions

9:05 – 9:10 Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Opening Remarks, introduction to morning session

9:10 – 9:35 Chris Parish, Peregrine Fund
Overview and personal experience of research and voluntary outreach in Arizona. Why should sportsmen engage in this issue?

9:35 – 10:00 Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University
Oregon hunter survey results

10:00 – 10:25 Eric Pederson, ballistician and firearms expert (formerly Barnes Bullets)
Ballistics of non-lead bullets

10:25 – 10:50 Murphy McHugh, shotshell ammunition expert (HeviShot)
Performance of non-lead shotgun ammunition

10:50 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Interactive Panel Discussion – Ballistics and terminal performance of non-lead ammunition
Leland Brown (Oregon Zoo), Kevin Christenson (USDA/APHIS), Murphy McHugh (Hevishot), Eric Pederson

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch & Door Prize Raffle Draw (Ventana Wildlife Society & High Desert Museum)

13:00 to 4:00 – Afternoon Session: Studies in the PNW, how to move forward

13:00 -13:10 Moderator,
Introduction to the afternoon session

13:10 – 13:25 Collin Eagles-Smith, U.S. Geological Survey
Overview: Exposure of avian scavengers to PB in Oregon

13:25 – 13:40 Jeremy Buck, USFWS
Preliminary Report: Blood lead levels in Golden Eagle chicks in E. Oregon

13:40 – 13:55 Garth Herring, U.S. Geological Survey
Preliminary Report: Ground squirrel shooting and potential lead exposure in breeding avian scavengers.

13:55 – 14:20 Break

14:20 – 14:45 Jim Akenson, Oregon Hunters Association
Over a Century of Hunting and Conservation and new paradigms for ammunition

14:45 – 15:05 Leland Brown, Oregon Zoo
Role of outreach and education

15:05 – 15:50 Interactive Panel Discussion, Going forward what is the best approach for Oregon?
Ron Anglin (ODFW), Paul Henson (USFWS), Chris Parish (Peregrine Fund), Scott Scherbinski (NPS), Steve Hagan (OHA)

15:50 – 16:00 Moderator
Closing remarks

Hunting with Non-lead Ammunition

Preserving hunting and wildlife for Oregon’s future:

An interactive workshop presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society & Oregon Zoo
November 20th, 2015 (9am – 4pm)

Oregon Zoo, Vista Room, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon

This workshop will provide Pacific Northwest hunters and wildlife professionals with an interactive forum to learn about and discuss the effects of lead ingestion on wildlife in Oregon, the ballistics of non-lead ammunition, and ways to reduce lead’s impact on wildlife. Panel discussions will provide participants with opportunities to share their experiences and contribute ideas towards a strategy to reduce the availability of lead from ammunition to wildlife in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Topics include:

  • Overview of lead and wildlife issues in other states
  • Current field research in Oregon
  • Hunter opinions, attitudes, and experiences
  • Ballistics and effectiveness of non-lead ammunition
  • Engaging hunters to help solve the problem

Registration   $25 registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon coffee.

Full refund minus a $5 processing fee available if registration is cancelled prior to November 6, 2015

To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/nonlead

For more information, contact:
David Shepherdson: David.Shepherdson@oregonzoo.org;
Leland Brown: Leland.Brown@oregonzoo.org; or Todd Mabee: tmabee2@gmail.com

Free Ammo Clinic!

An interactive workshop presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society, The Oregon Zoo Wildlife and Lead Outreach Program, and the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club

 July 11th 2015

Albany Rifle and Pistol Club

29999 Saddle Butte Road, Shedd, OR 97377

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Curious about non-lead ammunition? Would you like to test a variety to see how they shoot? Join us for a free, informative, and hands-on event. Oregon hunters have a strong history of conservation and we hope this event will continue this great tradition.

Bring your own rifle and favorite ammunition

  • See how non-lead ammunition compares to your favorite lead shot in your own rifle
  • Discuss the concerns about lead ammunition – lead bullet fragments can remain in game meat and gut piles, creating a known health hazard for scavenging eagles, wildlife, and possibly for humans.
  • We’ll also test bullet performance by shooting into water barrels and gelatin

Registration is encouraged here. http://tinyurl.com/OregonAmmo

For driving directions see https://www.arpc.info/map.

For more information please contact the organizers:
Leland Brown leland.brown@oregonzoo.org;
Clint Epps at Clinton.Epps@oregonstate.edu;
Todd Mabee at tmabee2@gmail.com

4th Quarter Legislative Liaison Report

Covering October, November, and December

Stephen Kafoury assisted Vanessa Blackstone and Laura Tesler with arranging a Meet and Greet with newly elected Senator Sara Gelser. A total of 25 ORTWS members met with Senator Gelser November 17th, where we introduced her to ORTWS, explained what our goals are, and that a sizeable part of her constituency is made up of biologists that care about conservation issues and the importance of science in political decision-making. Mr. Kafoury also continued to work on the Wild Bird Seed Bill in preparation for the 2015 legislative session. Brett Brownscombe, Governor Kitzhaber’s natural resource advisor, sought Mr. Kafoury’s input on the bill. Mr. Kafoury also coordinated between ODFW and ORTWS on criteria for a new ODFW Director, the budget, and the ODFW Conservation Leaders Meeting. Warren Aney, one of our retired members that has diligently worked alongside Mr. Kafoury on legislative topics for years attended the meeting in Portland. ODFW will be holding a series of stakeholder and technical committee meetings this winter and spring, and seek ORTWS assistance. Reports with updates on actions and effects on the ground will be generated, and ORTWS should ensure we receive those reports. There is also a strong likelihood that the wolf may begin the delisting process, as four breeding pairs of wolves in the state for three years is the trigger for delisting.

Mr. Kafoury also met with Quinn Read, the lobbyist for Oregon Wild, at her request. They discussed the upcoming 2015 legislative session and what topics are of interest to both Oregon Wild and ORTWS. As ORTWS is focused on providing scientific information to the legislature rather than lobbying for specific legislation, Quinn Read suggested that ORTWS pull together data on old growth forests for certain wildlife species to aid in the Elliott Forest discussion.

December was a busy month, and Mr. Kafoury interfaced with numerous legislators and lobbyists. There is a draft bill regarding lead ammunition in the works, with the Humane Society in favor. The Wild Bird Seed bill is gaining more momentum with the support of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Oregon is also moving ahead on its planning for sage grouse, despite the federal government funding entanglement. There are general funds in multiple places allocated to sage grouse program, including the Working Farms and Forests initiative, OWEB, Fire Protection Fund, Wild Bird Seed Bill, and directly from the general fund and lottery. County Commissioners from Eastern Oregon are on board after much negotiation.

The SageCon meeting continued the cooperative effort among all the stakeholders, and the plan is highly individualized with over 66 different conservation measures. Fire and invasives are top priorty, and the plan states they do not respond directly to regulation, but “disturbance” caused by human development can increase the danger from both. Fire management has three elements: Pre-fire (fire breaks and greenbelts), fire management (focusing of resources), and post-fire (reseeding). Disturbance effects requires both avoidance and mitigation, even in low quality habitats. Renewable energy and mining projects are the most likely sources of disturbance at present.

Brett Brownscombe was appointed interim Deputy Director for ODFW, and thanks to Mr. Kafoury’s work he came to the January 9 Board meeting to discuss relevant issues between ODFW and ORTWS. Laurie Annun is replacing Brett in the governor’s natural resource office in the mean time, and Mr. Kafoury plans to meet with her in January.