JOHN DAY - The Murderers Creek Mule Deer Initiative Planning Committee will meet from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Johnnie Titus room of the Grant County Health Department, 528 E. Main St. Suite E, in John Day.

The Mule Deer Initiative is a new effort by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), partner sportsman organizations and land managers to increase mule deer populations in Eastern Oregon. Murderers Creek is one of five wildlife management units selected for the initial effort.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, where committee members will discuss habitat management. An opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The committee is expected to meet on several more occasions before making recommendations to ODFW staff.

Mule deer populations have declined across the western United States for a variety of reasons including loss of habitat and changes in land and predator management practices. Many of today's hunters grew up hunting mule deer and want similar opportunities for their children and grandchildren.

Mule deer hunting and viewing also contribute significantly 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.

Planning committee members include representatives from Oregon Hunters Association, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Warm Springs Tribe and private landowners.

For more information, contact Greg Jackle at 541-575-1167.

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