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Page 14 1 , ra - February 22, 2012 !i l Seminar to address feral swine, carp; SH man wins Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation is holding a presenta- tion on two of Oregon's most de- structive invaders, feral swine and common carp, what is being done to control them and how they im- pact the state's native species and landscapes. The session will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. at the Ecotrust Building in Portland's Concealed Handgun License Class Held locally in Sweel Home. We license for Oregon, Utah, Arizona Carry legally concealed in 36 states! Go to oregonconcealed.com look under "classes" to pre-register. Seating is limited for the event, so register before it fills up. Questions Please Call: (541) 570-0345 .1.. Saturday, February 25 -lOam Concea ed Pearl District. Rick Boatner, ODFW invasive species coordinator, will discuss his work to eradicate feral swine. To date. the wild pigs have been reported in 17 counties in the state and their increasing popula- tion is estimated between 1,000 and 5.000. Enormously destructive, the pigs can tear up a hillside, field or stream bank overnight. Less obvi- ous is the damage they inflict on native wildlife through depreda- non and disease. Common carp, native to Eur- asia. have had a profoundly nega- tive impact on the Malheur Na- tional Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, especially on the water- fowl that once populated the lakes and wetlands of the refuge. Tim Bodeen. refuge manager, and Linda Beck. fish biologist, will talk about why waterfowl produc- tion is down 75 percent, why mi- gratory bird use of the fefuge has fallen precipitously and what is be- ing done to address the problem. The presentation will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Albany Rifle and Pistol Club 2012 SPRING GUN SHOW MARCH 3rd & 4th Free parking 400 tables of guns Linn County Fairgrounds Admission $5 I-5 Exit 234 (541) 491-3755 Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 00lltl ailtf8 FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD NEEDS 610 MAIN STREET 1 541.367.5544 I HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 1 SUN. 10 - 4 HiP BOOTS- S]4]B TWO PLY UPPERS [ FELT SOLE ALLEN. REGULAR: $39.98 SIZE 7-13 8NON SLEDS- TOBOGGANS I DISC'S INFLATABLE DISC'S POLYPROPYLEHE THERMAL- i]ff 100% POLYPROPYLENE TOPS OR 3OTTOMS I INDERA MILLS REGULAR: $12.99-$13.99 8NON PriNTS" ADULTS OR KIDS REGULAR: $19.99-$24.99 We will be attending the dbany Gun Show on March 3-4 Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland's Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Foundation's website, www.owhf.org/discover- ingwildlife. For more information or ques- tions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. Other topics in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Se- ries include Pacific lamprey and burrowing owls. The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation supports projects to protect, restore, and provide access to Oregon's wildlife and outdoor resources. Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish. wildlife and habitat projects throughout Or- egon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Ore- gon's native fish and wildlife and their habitats. Sweet Home's Alan B. Temple was one of 49 Oregon hunters who won 2013 Sports Pacs (a $164.75 value) and one Californian. who won a 2013 Non-Resident Hunting License ($140.40 value) because they applied early for their 2012 fall big game controlled hunts. The 50 hunters were drawn from a pool of 13.887 people who applied by Jan. 31. 2012. Temple was the only winner from Linn County Fifty more 2013 Sports Pacs or Non-Resident Hunting Licenses will be given away over two ad- ditional drawings. To be eligible. hunters must: Apply for and be issued a controlled hunt application by March 15. 2012 for a chance to win one of 30 Sports Pac or Non- Resident Hunting Licenses. Apply for and be issued a controlled hunt application by April 15. 2012 for a chance to win one of the remaining 20"Sports Pac or Non-Resident Hunting Licenses. The next drawings will take place March 16 and April 19 and Feral swine enter a baited trap. winners will be notified by mail. Hunters unsuccessful in early drawings are re-entered into future drawings. Only one entry per hunt- er is allowed, meaning hunters that apply for several controlled hunts are still only entered once. ODFW and the vendor that manages its license sales system are giving away a total of 100 free 2013 Sports Pacs (or Non-Resident Hunting Licenses) over three sepa- rate drawings to encourage hunters to apply early for a 2012 fall con- trolled hunt. A Sports Pac includes a Com- bination Angling/Hunting/Shell- fish License. a Combined Angling Harvest Tag, a Validation for Up- land Bird and Waterfowl hunting, plus a General or Controlled Deer. General or Controlled Elk. Gen- eral Cougar, General or Controlled Bear. Spring Turkey Tag and a Wildlife Area Parking Permit. Hunters can apply for con- trolled hunts online, at a license sales agent, at ODFW offices thal sell licenses, or by mail or fax order using the application found here or on page 17 of the 2012 Oregon Big Game Regulations. Mail order/fax applicants should allow 7-10 days for their applications to be processed and issued. To be eligible for the draw- ing, the controlled hunt application must be issued, not just received. by the drawing deadlines (March O0 FORD FOCUS ZTS Sedan 4D Perfect commtler car a1 a grea price! Loaded with all the right options, call for details, stock#8006 $5.995 92 FORD F250 03 HONDA CIVIC EX SUPER CAB 4DR PW PL CC AC Tilt Long Bed 4x4 Keyless Entry Moon Roof Nice clean truck! Stock#7956 Stock#7993 $6,995 $8,995 3195 S. SANTIAM HWY, LEBANON, OR 97355 I 541-258-2175 I [DLR # 31021 MON-FRI: 8:AM TO 6:PM I SAT: 9:AM TO 6:PM I SUN: 9:AM TO 5:PM ! Photo courtesy of ODFW 15 and April 15). Controlled hunt applications can be processed and issued immediately online and at license sales agents or ODFW of- FICCS. The deadline to apply for a con- trolled hunt is May 15 each year. In 2011.79.481 out of 380,639 total applications, or almost 21 percent, were processed by April 15, 2011. That compares to 21 percent in 2011 and 16 percent in 2010. "Most controlled hunt appli- cations are received during the last few days." said Deanna Erickson, ODFW license sales services man- ager. "However, these drawings have increased the number of early applicants.'" In the past. the high volume of sales activity in the last few days prior to the May 15 deadline led to long lines and slowed or crashed the system. To encourage hunters to apply early, ODFW began this special drawing a few years ago. The ven- dor that manages the license sales system is purchasing the Sports Pac and Non-Resident Hunting Li- censes for the winners. Some of Oregon's big game hunts are limited-entry, including almost all rifle hunting of deer and elk east of the Cascades and prong- horn antelope, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat hunts. Those hunts require a controlled hunt ap- plication. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confeder- ated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWSRO) will host Eagle Watch 2012. The annual event celebrates the eagles and other raptors that help make Lake Billy Chinook a wildlife viewing magnet. A day- use parking fee is charged at The Cove Palisades, but admission to all Eagle Watch activities is free. The event features a variety of ac- tivities that explore the natural and cultural significance of eagles and birds of prey in the area. "Eagle Watch is a fantastic op- portunity to see both bald and gold- en eagles." said OPRD's Paul Pat- ton. the event's coordinator. "Ten pairs of bald eagles and 10 pairs of See Eagles, page 15