Well, who would know it, Spring is here and as I write this
president's message there is snow everywhere I look. But we all know
changes are about to take place, the snow will melt, the trees will
bloom and if we're lucky we'll see sunshine and not in the liquid form.
Change is coming to OBH as well, as, I am your new president. This is
the second time I have been privileged to serve as Oregon Bow Hunters
President. Which brings to mind my first term and my unexpected early
departure. I was forced to leave for personal, medical, family reasons.
In doing so, Craig Starr, your outgoing president, was saddled with the
task of assuming the presidency without any prior indoctrination as to
what it required. This can be a rather daunting responsibility. To Craig
and all the Executive Board I offer my sincere apologies for my early
I would like to thank Craig, on behalf of myself, the Executive Board
and all members for doing an excellent job over the past years and I
really look forward to a continued relationship with him as our Newly
elected 2nd Vice President of Bowhunting and Legislation.
At this time I would like to say thanks to all of you who attended
and participated in the 2012 Oregon Bowhunter's Convention in Lincoln
City. I believe a good time was had by all as the facilities, staff and
banquet proved once again to be excellent.
As most of you are aware a convention of this magnitude would not be
possible were it not for the year-round efforts of many unselfish
individuals. To those individuals, specifically, Karen Demaris our
Convention Chair, Nathan Zeiler, Director of Hunting Games, and his
wife, Tiffany, Mike Brown Vice President of Tournaments, Wanda Blasdell,
Tournament Secretary, Micki Bradley, Secretary, and numerous other
individuals, too many to name at this point in time I extend a sincere
thanks on behalf of all of us for all your time and efforts to make this
a successful occasion.
And as I indicated earlier change is coming to Oregon Bowhunters and
I would like at this time to outline a few.
To begin with at our E board meeting it was voted on and approved to
raise our membership dues by $5, for both the individual and family
memberships. This was necessitated by the fact that costs had increased
substantially in the printing and mailing of our publication.
A new membership category was added to our application, that being,
Individual Youth Membership, excluding the magazine, for $10. This was
done to accommodate youth without any additional family members.
In an effort to streamline the process and facilitate a quicker
chartering of clubs and shops, Glen Walker, our treasurer, has been NFAA
approved, and appointed as our new Charter Club Secretary. All
applications and checks for chartering should be sent directly to him.
Please note that the following individuals were either voted in or
appointed to the positions indicated.
Mike Brown is Appointed Youth Archery Director and State ASAP
Cheryl Mattson was voted and approved as Director of Hunting Games.
Mark Seevers has stepped forward and agreed to fill the Vice
President of Tournaments position upon approval.
Once again let me state that these are demanding positions of
responsibility that keep our organization functioning. I offer a sincere
thanks to these individuals for stepping forward and giving unselfishly
of their time and energies to make us successful.
In conclusion let me indicate that there are many areas of concern
which need our immediate attention. They include but are not limited to
membership, youth, hunting, target shooting, family involvement and all
aspects of archery in general. This also includes our desire, abilities
and efforts to recognize and support, when possible, the efforts of
others who share in the same passions as ours. We need to have a better
understanding of each others agenda and protect our heritage in a
unified manner. We won't always agree, but, we should agree to not
fighting among ourselves, instead let's find a common solution and
support each other.
May your arrows fly true and straight.
Buck Kelty, President
Oregon Bow Hunters
As I sit down to write this message, it is still
over a month until our 2012 OBH Convention in
. I’ve always looked
forward to attending the OBH Convention in recent years and I can hardly
wait for it to get here again this year.
I’m sure many of you remember that my tenure as
OBH President began when I was “drafted” to fill the remainder of
Buck Kelty’s term after he had to resign the position for personal
reasons. Although I’ve
tried to serve OBH as best I could over the last nearly three years,
being “drafted” as OBH President without any prior exposure to the
organization’s leadership has felt a little like being dropped into a
deep pond or lake with cement overshoes on – it’s hard to stay
afloat!! Even so, I’ve
mostly enjoyed my time as OBH President and I’ve been honored by the
opportunity to serve in that position.
I’ve been able to meet and work with a lot of
really great people over the last three years some of whom I likely
wouldn’t have ever met if I wasn’t representing OBH.
And, I’ve been able to work on regulatory and legislative
issues in a way that I never would have been able to except for my
position with OBH. In short,
my time as OBH President has really been very educational for me and I
hope my time has been beneficial to OBH.
One thing I’ve been disappointed by in my tenure
as OBH President is that we haven’t been able to grow the
organization’s membership rolls. In
fact, OBH membership has actually decreased somewhat in recent years.
Although I know that many hunters, and especially many
bowhunters, are very independent individuals and not “joiners” by
nature, I believe that all
bowhunters would serve themselves well by expanding the membership rolls
of OBH. The number of
members an organization has makes a real difference when it comes to
effectiveness in addressing regulatory or legislative concerns.
Merely “sitting on the sidelines” and not getting involved in
an organization like OBH only makes it that much easier for those who
would restrict our opportunities as outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen.
In spite of relatively modest membership numbers, I
think OBH has been able to do some really good things for bowhunters in
the regulatory area in the past three years even though we obviously
weren’t “winners” all of the time.
We kept the interests of
’s bowhunters front and center before ODF&W and the Legislature.
Together with TAO, we were able to prevent crossbows from gaining
a foothold in
’s archery seasons. We
have worked diligently to lay the groundwork for some significant
improvements in how bow hunting in Oregon is to be managed in the
future. Continued work is
needed in this area, and I hope to stay involved with OBH and see the
I look forward to seeing where OBH and Oregon bow
hunting go over the next three years and beyond!
Craig Starr, President
Oregon Bow Hunters
GET ACTIVE AND STAY INVOLVED!
There are lots of things I'd rather write about than the subject of
this column. However, there is probably nothing more important to
Oregon Bow Hunters' (OBH) future! If an organization, like OBH,
doesn't have active and involved members and leaders, the organization
is destined to become stagnant and ineffective. Eventually, the
organization will simply cease to exist for lack of relevancy and
interest from its constituency.
Based on my still somewhat short tenure as OBH President, I think
OBH is at a crossroads - we can either re-energize or we can wither
and eventually go away. The first option requires action - more
members who are willing to get active and stay involved in OBH and its
activities. The second only requires passive disinterest - a let
someone else do it attitude - on the part of OBH's members and
leaders. Unfortunately, being passive is always way easier than being
Recently, we scheduled an OBH Executive Board (E-Board) meeting in
conjunction with the State Field Championships being held at Sylvan
Archers' range near Sherwood. Only seven (7) of the eighteen (18)
E-Board members attended the meeting and, without enough E-Board
members for a quorum, no business could be conducted. Some absences
from E-Board meetings obviously can't be helped - work conflicts,
medical or family emergencies, transportation difficulties and many
other situations can crop up and prevent even the most dedicated among
us to have to miss a scheduled meeting on occasion.
On the other hand, we had new E-Board members from LaGrande and
Klamath Falls who traveled substantial distances to get to the recent
E-Board meeting that essentially never happened, officially at least.
We also have many other examples of individuals who have gone to great
lengths to serve OBH, sometimes for many years, and that's the kind of
dedication OBH needs. We need people who will do what it takes to make
OBH a vibrant and effective organization!
Elsewhere in this magazine, you will see an article by OBH
Secretary Micki Bradley reminding us all that we have several
leadership positions that will be up for election at our 2012
Convention. If you are interested in helping OBH improve and have some
time and energy to devote to making OBH a better organization, I urge
you to submit your name for one of the positions coming open for
nominees. If that doesn't describe you, but you know another OBH
member that it does describe, talk to them about running for a
Way too often, OBH only has one candidate for a position and that
person may often be an incumbent officer or committeeman, sometimes
several times over. While we certainly appreciate an incumbent's
willingness to continue to serve OBH, the organization may well
benefit from some competition for open positions. New candidates for
open positions may bring new perspectives and energy to the OBH
E-Board. Even when incumbents are running for re-election, competition
allows a referendum on whether OBH's current leaders are effective and
moving OBH in the direction that the membership desires. Don't be shy
about running for a position even if you know that there is an
incumbent who will also run. Maybe it's time for a changing of the
OBH is a small organization and each member can make a real
difference in how effective and vital OBH is. Get active and stay
involved, and OBH will be effective and vital in representing the
interests of Oregon's bowhunters and other archers!
Craig Starr, President
Oregon Bow Hunters`
COUGAR FIGHT RISES FROM LEGISLATIVE ASHES
As many of you surely know, House Bill 2337 (HB-2337), a bill
providing for ODF&W to conduct a cougar season allowing use of
dogs within Oregon counties that choose to authorize it passed the
Oregon House of Representatives by a landslide 45-14 vote. However, it
then died in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee
chaired by Senator Jackie Dingfelder (D - Portland) without even a
public hearing. Senator Dingfelder an her cohorts from the Portland
and Eugene areas - the same areas that gave us Ballot Measure 18
(BM-18) in 1994 - kept HB-2337 from a vote in the Oregon Senate.
The substantial victory in the Oregon House and the subsequent
failure of HB-2337 in the Oregon Senate has given life to a new
state-wide organization aiming at getting an initiative measure on the
November 2014 election ballot to repeal BM-18. The Oregon Outdoor
Council has recently been formed to serve as an "umbrella"
organization to unify outdoorsmen's groups in the ballot measure
effort. OBH's VP Bowhunting Wayne Endicott is the President of the new
Outdoor Council and Jerod Broadfoot, an OBH life member and longtime
proponent of outdoorsmen's rights, is the new organization's Vice
President. Initially, The Outdoor Council's sole mission will be to
put a ballot measure repealing BM-18 on the November 2014 election
ballot and to win that election! Once that is accomplished, the
Outdoor Council will work on other issues to stand behind sportsmen
and professional fish and wildlife management, and to do so by leading
the Oregon fight against anti-hunting groups.
Along with representatives of many other Oregon sporting groups (OHA,
RMEF, FNAWS, NRA, Oregon Trout, NW Steelheaders, etc.), I spent the
first two (2) weekends of May representing OBH at the grand opening of
the new Cabela's store in Springfield, Oregon. Out of hundreds of
people I talked to on the issue, only two (2) indicated that they are
satisfied with the current situation with regard to cougar management.
Most individuals were extremely concerned about the adverse impact of
excessive cougar predation on deer, elk, other game, pets and
livestock, and some were concerned about increasing risks to humans.
Many related their own stories regarding losing pets and livestock or
seeing cougars either while out hunting or around their homes. While
the substantial majority of people attending the grand opening of an
outdoor sporting goods emporium probably aren't representative of many
of Senator Dingfelder's Portland constituents, the mere fact that 99+
percent of the people I talked to think that cougar predation is a
serious problem should carry some weight with Oregon's politicians.
Placing a ballot measure on the November 2014 election ballot and
then winning the election will be a major undertaking. A substantial
amount of funding will be needed, beginning immediately, just for the
groundwork (polling, fund raising, etc.) before a ballot measure can
even get to the ballot. Winning the election once a measure is on the
ballot will require even more funding for advertising and commercials
supporting the ballot measure in order to get out every favorable vote
we can possibly get. Lots of grass roots efforts in communities all
around Oregon will be needed to be sure that voters approve the ballot
Keep your eye out for opportunities to participate in the ballot
measure effort as it is rolled out. If you can donate to the ballot
measure, please do so to the extent that you can. Donations can be
sent to the following address:
Oregon Outdoor Council Foundation
P.O Box 8129
Bend OR 97708
The Council Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit so your contributions
will be tax deductible. Just keep a record of your donations for your
tax records. Let's put effective predator management back in the mix
for the good of our deer and elk herds!
Craig Starr, President
Oregon Bow Hunters`