Prineville, Ore. – The Maury Unit Mule Deer Initiative Planning
Committee will meet Tuesday, April 21 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Crook
County Fire and Rescue, 500 NE Belknap Street in Prineville.
The 12-member committee intends to discuss habitat issues and
potential habitat projects at this meeting. Planning committee
members include representatives from Oregon Hunters Association,
Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, BLM, U.S.
Forest Service, Crook County Weed Board, Crook County Stock Growers
plus private landowners and Crook County Commissioner Ken
Members of the public are welcome to attend to listen to the
meeting. An opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 6:30
The Mule Deer Initiative is a new effort by ODFW, partner
sportsman organizations, land managers and others to increase mule
deer, which are found east of the crest of the Cascade Mountain
Range. Maury is one of five wildlife management units selected for
the initial effort.
Mule deer populations have declined across the western United
States for a variety of reasons including loss of habitat, changes
in land and predator management practices and other factors. Many
of today’s hunters grew up hunting mule deer and want their kids
and grandkids to have the same opportunities they did.
Mule deer hunting and viewing also contribute significant
dollars to eastern Oregon’s economy. Last year, more than 74,000
people went deer hunting in eastern Oregon, generating an estimated
$22 million for the economy.
The group is expected to meet on several more occasions before
making recommendations to ODFW staff.
For more information contact Meg Eden at (541) 447-5111.