As many as 280 hunting enthusiasts and guests turned out Saturday, Feb. 18 for the 7th Annual Columbia County Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association annual banquet.
The banquet is a key fundraiser for the chapter. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised are used to support hunting programs in Columbia County, including youth outreach and ethics curriculums, said Frank E. Hupp, president of the Columbia County Chapter.
'We try to spread our money around where we can do the best for the environment, for our hunting populous,' Hupp said.
OHA Columbia County Chapter works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to co-sponsor youth archery programs. It also offers an annual youth turkey hunt in the Mt. Hood Unit, Hupp said.
The remainder of the money goes to the state OHA office in Medford, and is used to advance hunting issues, such as anti-poaching programs.
How much was raised at the fundraiser is not yet known, Hupp said.
Some of the more popular items auctioned off included a $2,200 outfitters tent package, complete with stove and hot water heater. They also auctioned a moose hunt in British Columbia, an autographed Portland Trail Blazers basketball, spa packages and guns. Plenty of guns.
'We had all kinds of stuff going on,' Hupp said.
The auction was held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds and Event Complex Pavilion.