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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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Registration Open For ODFW’s Kids, First-ever Adult Turkey Hunting Workshop

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

Get ready for spring turkey hunting season before the season opens statewide on April 15! Register now for one of the three spring turkey hunting workshops ODFW is hosting in early April—two for kids and the first-ever ODFW turkey hunting workshop for adults on April 7 at the White River Wildlife Area in Tygh Valley.

ODFW AND OHA SPONSOR A POPULAR TURKEY HUNTING CLINIC FOR YOUTH AGE 8 TO 17 EVERY YEAR AT THE WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA, SO KIDS CAN BE READY FOR SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENING LATER IN APRIL. (ODFW)

Each workshop will cover turkey hunting skills such as scouting, turkey biology, using a turkey call, and gear. Participants will also get the chance to practice shotgun skills, with all necessary gear (including shotguns and shells) provided by ODFW and partners.

Workshop dates and locations follow; click the event link for more information. Register online at ODFW’s Licensing Page (go to Purchase from Catalog / Class Workshop / Outdoor Skills to see the turkey hunting workshops) or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. Workshop registration is not available at license sale agents. Note that youth or parent must be registering from the youth’s online account to register for the youth-only workshops online at ODFW’s Licensing Page.


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  • Youth turkey hunting clinic (age 17 and under), April 6, Denman Wildlife Area (Central Point), 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: free, but hunter education certification is required to participate. Hosted by ODFW and Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association. Register by April 1. Email albrechtdg@aol.com with questions.

“Calling in a tom during spring turkey season can be as exciting as calling in an elk,” said Catherine Sander-Korte, ODFW outdoor skills. “These workshops will leave you ready to get outdoors for this spring turkey season.”

Spring turkey season runs April 15-May 31 statewide in Oregon, with a special youth-only hunt April 13-14.

2 Wolves Roaming White River WA, Mt. Hood NF, First Pack In Oregon’s North Cascades

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

At least two wolves are using an area in southern Wasco County, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains since they began returning to Oregon in the 2000s.

A TRAIL CAMERA CAPTURED THIS IMAGE OF TWO WOLVES IN THE MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST JAN. 4, 2018. (ODFW)

The wolves were documented on the White River Wildlife Area and Mt Hood National Forest and have also been observed on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Several wolves are known to have dispersed through Wasco County in the past few years. A single wolf was documented in the White River Unit in December 2013. In May 2015, a wolf from the Imnaha pack travelled through the area as he dispersed to Klamath County. Later in 2015, a single wolf was documented in Wasco County.

Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Hwys 395-78-95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, so U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency.

Additional information about Oregon’s wolf population will be available in March, after ODFW completes its annual winter surveys and minimum population count.

 

OSP Looking For Details On 2 In Closed Wildlife Area

UPDATE 12:25 P.M., APRIL 12, 2017: IN A TWEET, OSP REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE SUBJECTS

During the depths of one of the most severe winters in recent decades, two men apparently decided they just didn’t need to abide by big game range closures.

Unfortunately for them, a trail cam snapped their photos as well as potential evidence on their backs, and now Oregon wildlife troopers want to know who they are.

A COMPOSITE CLOSE-UP OF THE TWO MEN OSP WISHES TO TALK TO ABOUT ALLEGED WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS ON THE WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA ON FEB. 4, 2017. (OSP)

Yesterday, the state police put out photos of the duo, who appear to be in their 20s and were dudded up in camo and carrying backpacks with antlers poking out the tops.

OSP says the two are thought to have been involved in violating wildlife laws on North-central Oregon’s White River Wildlife Area in late February.

(OSP)

It wasn’t immediately clear what OSP meant by wildlife violations, but about half of the 30,000-acre wildlife area, which sits east of Mt. Hood near Tygh Valley, is closed through the end of March to protect winter-weakened deer and elk.

Less than a week after the incident, ODFW put out a press release quoting a prominent member of the state’s shed hunting fraternity advising antler seekers to put off their trips until spring.

“It’s easy to think since there is not a lot of snow now that the critters are fine, but that’s not necessarily the case,” Rob Tanner of Oregon Shed Hunters said in the release. “It’s making it difficult for wildlife to get around, especially deer.”

Anybody with information on the two individuals are being asked to call OSP Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson at (541) 980-2693.