you are not a hunter, but enjoy any wildlife - from insects and birds to predators and big game - and would like to do something positive to help the wildlife of Crook County, consider going to next month's annual banquet of the Ochoco Elk Hunter's chapter of the Oregon Hunter's Association (OHA).
   If you are a hunter, but not yet a member of OHA, I invite you to put your money where your mouth is, and support your sport by attending that banquet and joining OHA.
   If you are already an OHA member, the newsletter you got last week had all the details.
   For everyone: the 14th annual fund raising banquet will be held in Carey Foster Hall (at the fairgrounds), on Saturday, February 5.
   There are five different ticket packets for OHA members:
   #1 provides one dinner ticket and one door prize ticket for $35.00.
   #2 includes two dinner tickets and two door prizes for $65.00.
   #3 package is for one person, and includes one dinner ticket, one door prize ticket, two drink tickets and 30 raffle tickets (a combined $80 value), for $60.00.
    #4 package contains two dinner tickets, two door prize tickets, four drink tickets and 60 raffle tickets (total value $160), for $110.00
   #5 is for youths age 12 and under when accompanied by an adult, and provides one dinner ticket and one youth door prize ticket, for $15.00.
   For those who are not yet OHA members, the prices are the same, plus $25 for your 2005 membership.
   Dinner will be your choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu. The doors will open at 5:00 and dinner begins an hour or so later.
   But since there is limited seating, only 250 dinner tickets will be sold, and those who wait too long will be left out. There will be no ticket sales at the door.
   Applications for the banquet are available at Reels & Creels (Oregon Stationary), 210 NE 3rd; S&F Custom Shooting Supplies, 566 NW McDonald Road; Action Real Estate, 220 NW Meadow Lakes Drive; or by calling our chapter's treasurer, Lyle Rilling, at 447-5029.
   Those wishing to help further, by donating items or services, can do so by filling out the reverse side of the banquet ticket form.
    Before and after dinner there will be silent and live auctions, games, raffles and drawings, for prizes such as firearms and other hunting-related equipment and services.
   Keep in mind this is our local OHA chapter's annual fund raiser, and money collected goes toward wildlife projects right here in Crook County.
   OHA works closely with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other wildlife and land managers, to provide assistance with many wildlife and habitat-improvement projects.
   Such projects include habitat fencing, aspen restoration, and the installation and maintenance of wildlife guzzlers. In our arid climate, water is key to the survival of all life, and guzzlers are designed to collect our minimal rainwater, and pipe it to small drinking basins. Such guzzlers benefit all wildlife, from insects and birds to predators and big game.
    BR>   Ed Park has lived in Central Oregon since 1947.
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