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24 Free Youth Pheasant Hunts Coming Up In Oregon; Sign-ups Open

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

MEAGAN JANSEN OF TIGARD WITH A PHEASANT SHE BAGGED AT AN E.E. WILSON WILDLIFE AREA YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT PUT ON BY ODFW. (ODFW)

The events are being held in Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Portland/Sauvie Island and The Dalles (Tygh Valley). New this year, ODFW has also added a youth pheasant hunt at the new Coquille Valley Wildlife Area in Coquille.

See dates below and register online (see Register for a Class/Youth Upland Hunts) or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. (Registration is not available at license sale agents.) The youth hunter or their parent will need to be logged in to the youth’s account to register online. The deadline to register is the Thursday before the hunt.

ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove also can be hunted. Volunteers often bring their trained hunting dogs to some events and hunt with participants. Some events begin with a shotgun skills clinic, so participants can practice clay target shooting before hunting.

These events are open only to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt.

“Youth pheasant hunts are a great chance for young hunters to find early success and put the lessons learned in hunter education classes to work in the field,” says Brandon Harper, ODFW hunter education coordinator.

ODFW stresses safety during the hunts. Both hunter and supervisor must wear a hunter orange hat, eye protection and a hunter orange vest—equipment provided at the clinics by ODFW to anyone who doesn’t have it. Hunters also need to check in and out of the hunt.

RINGNECK PHEASANTS ARE STOCKED BY ODFW AND OTHERS TO ENSURE THE KIDDOS HAVE A CHANCE AT BAGGING A BIRD DURING THE FREE EVENTS. (ODFW)

The hunts are free, though participants need a valid hunting license ($10 for youth 12 and older, free for age 11 and under) to hunt. Youth hunters age 12-17 also need an upland game bird validation ($4). Purchase online  or at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. Licenses and validations will not be sold at the events.

While most areas have a hunt both Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters may sign up for only one hunt. They are welcome to hunt stand by on the other day.

See page 26-27 of the Oregon Game Bird Regulations for more information, or see myodfw.com/workshops-and-events for the local contact for each hunt. For help signing up, contact Myrna Britton, (503) 947-6028, Myrna.B.Britton@state.or.us

·       Central Point, Denman Wildlife Area, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

·       Coquille, Coquille Valley Wildlife Area, Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

·        Corvallis (near Camp Adair), EE Wilson Wildlife Area, Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

·        Eugene, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Registration not necessary but appreciated.

·        Irrigon Wildlife Area (between Irrigon and Umatilla), Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Sign up for morning or evening hunt (morning only on Sunday).

·        Klamath Falls, Klamath Wildlife Area, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Additional hunt on Oct. 19 when Miller Island Unit open to youth hunters only on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10 a.m. Call 541-883-5732 from more information.

·        John Day Valley, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

·        La Grande, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Registration not necessary but appreciated.

·        Madras, private lands, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

·        Ontario, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13

·        Portland, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

·        Tygh Valley/The Dalles, White River Wildlife Area, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15.

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Pheasant Hunting, Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshops Coming Up In Oregon, Washington

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRESS RELEASES FROM THE OREGON AND WASHINGTON DEPARTMENTS OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW: Learn to hunt at an ODFW pheasant hunting workshop – Events in Portland, Corvallis in September; shotgun skills classes too

If you’ve always wanted to try hunting but don’t have the right gear or someone to take you, ODFW can help. Join us at an upcoming pheasant hunting workshop: Sept. 7 or Sept. 8 at Sauvie Island Wildlife Area in Portland and Sept. 14 or Sept. 15 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

PARTICIPANTS IN A 2017 ODFW PHEASANT HUNTING WORKSHOP ENJOY THE DAY AFIELD. (ODFW)

ODFW hosts these pheasant hunting workshops for adults each fall. Staff bring all the gear new hunters need (firearms, eye and ear protection, hunter orange clothing) and take participants through a shotgun skills safety class on a separate day prior to the hunt. Trained bird hunting dogs and guides come along on the hunt too, meaning even first-time hunters have a great chance to find birds, take a shot and harvest their first pheasant. Finally, instructors will show participants how to field dress your pheasant and share some cooking tips.

“Our focus is teaching beginners how to get started hunting in a safe and friendly environment,” said Cat Sandor-Korte, ODFW Outdoor Skills Coordinator. “If you’ve ever wanted to try hunting but aren’t sure where to start, this workshop is for you!”

The hunting workshop is just $52 (plus cost of hunting license and upland bird validation, more info below). Participants also need to take a shotgun skills class ($12) on a separate day before the hunt, so hunts (and dogs) can start in the morning and wrap up before the weather gets too warm.

The shotgun skills classes are also open to people not taking the pheasant hunting workshops, and scheduled for:
July 28 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area (Monmouth)
Aug. 10 at Mid-Valley Clays in Gervais
Aug. 18 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area (Monmouth)

Register for both the workshop and a shotgun skills class online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. To register online, go to MyODFW.com and click Buy a License. If you have never purchased a fishing or hunting license before, you will need to Create an Account—or if you are a returning customer, use Verify/Look Up Account to find your online profile if you haven’t yet. Once you have logged in, go to Purchase from the Catalog / Class/Workshop / Outdoor Skills to register and purchase a class.

There are two slots for youth (age 18 and under) available at each workshop and shotgun skills class. Contact event organizer Jered Goodwin, jered.w.goodwin@state.or.us, 971-600-4250 to take one of these spots. Kids need to be at least 9 years old and be hunter education certified to join the workshop and must be accompanied by a participating adult. (Note ODFW hosts free pheasant hunts for kids in September; see the Workshops and Events page for a list of these events.)

Before the class, participants also need to purchase a 2019 hunting license ($33.50 for resident adults/$10 for youth) and 2018-19 upland game bird validation ($9.50 for resident adults/$4 for youth ages 12-17). Licenses and validations aren’t sold at the events but it’s easy to purchase online and carry your license and tag on your phone (or print a paper version from home). You can also purchase at a license sales agent or ODFW office before the event. The license will be valid for hunting the rest of 2019, and the validation is good for the rest of the 2019-20 upland bird season.

WDFW: Women’s workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, and outdoor skills

Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting, outdoor stewardship, and other outdoor skills in a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts and other certified instructors.

Washington Outdoor Women (WOW) present and coordinate the annual workshop at Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg on Sept.13-15. Now in its 22 year, WOW is an outdoor skills education program of the Washington Wildlife Federation, a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship.

Certified and experienced instructors will teach 20 classes throughout the weekend on skills such as archery, basic freshwater fishing, fly-fishing, fly-tying, big-game hunting basics, survival, garden for wildlife, Dutch oven cooking, backpacking, outdoor photography, map and compass, and more.

Several WDFW staff members volunteer for the event, including Biologist Stacie Kelsey teaching “Basic Freshwater Fishing,” Biologist Laura Till teaching “Map and Compass,” Biologists Camille Speck and Kris Costello teaching “After the Harvest,” and Biologist Shelly Ament teaching “Wildlife Awareness and Tracking.” In all, 26 instructors volunteer their time and expertise at this WOW workshop to help women confidently connect with the outdoors.

Workshop participants must be at least 18 years old and have a current Washington recreational fishing license to participate in the fly-fishing and basic freshwater fishing sessions.

More information about the workshop, including attendance fees and registration, is available at https://washingtonoutdoorwomen.org/. Partial scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are available for first-time participants.

Turkey Hunting Workshop For Adults Scheduled Near Corvallis Just Before Spring Opener

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Just in time for spring turkey season, ODFW will host a turkey hunting workshop for adult participants (age 18 and older) on Saturday, April 13 at the EE Wilson Wildlife Area, 29555 Camp Adair Rd, Monmouth.

ADULTS INTERESTED IN LEARNING THE INS AND OUTS OF HUNTING GOBBLERS LIKE THIS TOM THAT TIM LOONEY BAGGED IN COOS COUNTY A FEW SEASONS BACK CAN SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP BEING HELD AT EE WILSON WILDLIFE AREA JUST BEFORE THE START OF THIS SPRING’S SEASON. (ONTARIO KNIFE CO. PHOTO CONTEST)

The workshop will cover choosing the right gear, setting decoys and blinds, spring vs fall hunting tactics, turkey behavior and biology, calling techniques and field dressing and cooking. ODFW will provide shotguns and ammunition for participants to practice shooting and patterning a shotgun.

The cost is $52 and includes lunch. Register by April 6 at ODFW’s Licensing website (be sure to use verify/look up your account if you are a returning ODFW customer). More information at ODFW’s Workshop Event page.

“Turkey hunting is an exciting challenge, an American tradition and a great source of delicious wild protein,” says Brandon Dyches, ODFW hunter recruitment specialist. “Join us and find out why so many hunters get hooked on turkey hunting.”

Spring turkey season is open statewide from April 15-May 31 each year and there is also a general fall season in some parts of the state.