Waterfowl hunters will have a new area to hunt as of Jan. 1, 2014, when the 100-acre former duck hunting club Flight’s End on Sauvie Island opens to hunting.
ODFW acquired the property in September 2013 through the ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program and it became part of the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The acquisition was funded by the Bonneville Power Administration as part of its agreement to settle federal wildlife habitat mitigation obligations in the Willamette Valley.
Flight’s End will be managed through Sauvie Island’s Westside Hunt Area. Three groups of hunters (maximum party size four) will be allowed in to hunt at one time. The area will be a “roam unit” with no designated shooting areas or blinds.
Flight’s End is 1.5 miles from a parking area and accessible by foot, but the easiest access is by boat via the Gilbert River Boat Ramp and Crane Slough off the Multnomah Channel.
Only those with a valid daily hunting permit may enter Flight’s End or other Westside hunting units until April 14. But wildlife viewers, hikers and others are welcome from April 16 through Sept. 30 every year.
The Flight’s End property also offers important conservation benefits for fish and wildlife, and a management and restoration planning is currently underway for the property. Partners in the restoration will include the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ODFW and others.
The property is bordered by Multnomah Channel to the west, which is a priority habitat for restoration of ESA-listed salmonid species chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. Crane Slough, bordering Flight’s End eastside, provides important habitat for birds including bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets and osprey. Oregon Conservation Strategy priority species including the Northern red-legged frog and willow flycatcher are also found on Flights End.
“Flight’s End’s location allowed ODFW to easily incorporate the site into Sauvie Island Wildlife Area for efficient long-term management and conservation of fish and wildlife,” said Mark Nebeker, Wildlife Area manager.
For more information on the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, visit ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/willamette_wmp/index.asp