The Oregon Outdoor Council (OOC) is excited to formally announce the 2014 Predator Symposium titled, "How Predators and Current Predator Management Are Impacting YOUR Hunting Opportunity!"
The goal of the predator symposium is to provide science-based information to the general public and sportsmen on the impact improperly managed predator populations have on wildlife, hunter opportunity, and hunter success. Without sustainable game populations, hunter opportunity declines and with declines in hunters comes a decline in conservation funds for our state.
The headline sponsors of the symposium are Leupold and Benchmade Knives, both Oregon based manufacturers. Several other local and national organizations such as Oregon Hunters Association chapters(Tualatin Valley, Clatsop County, Columbia County, Hoodview), Southwest-Washington Safari Club International, S2 Outfitters, Spoon Creek Outfitters, National Congressional Foundation, and more have also donated to the event.
The Oregon Outdoor Council is bringing wildlife experts from around the west to share real hard science on the impact predators and predator management are having the hunting, fishing, and wildlife harvesting lifestyle! One of the most exciting parts of the symposium will be engaging with the wildlife experts during and after the presentations. Also up for discussion will be the issue of what must be done here in Oregon to prevent further collapse of ungulate herds.
"We have invited every legislator in the state to attend. Hunters, non-hunters and the public at large are invited." says Dominic Aiello. "Our goal is NOT to eliminate predators, but to generate discussion about responsible predator management. The cougar is an amazing creature, an essential part of our ecosystem, and a healthy, free range, organic, flavorful pork-like alternative."
The symposium is FREE. The Oregon Outdoor Council is providing lunch at no charge but respectfully request a $10 donation for lunch though it is not required. A silent and live auction will take place along with general raffles, including a predator package worth over $1700. We are excited to present multiple activities, including a raffle, social hour, and a free box lunch. So come ready to learn and have a good time!
The location is the Albany Fairgrounds, conveniently located just off of I-5 in Albany, Oregon. The address is 3700 Knox Butte RD Albany, OR 97322.
The mission of Oregon Outdoor Council is "To promote and protect outdoor pursuits in Oregon including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife management, habitat and species management, public access, outdoor recreation and gun ownership".
For questions and additional information, please contact Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board at (541)752-8350 or Dominic Aiello, President, (503)484-6292 or visit http://www.oregonoutdoorcouncil.org.