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Learn to hunt and fish at an ODFW workshop

   

Date:

January 11, 2008

Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022

SALEM, Ore. – Learn how to rabbit-hunt, shoot a bow and arrow, tie a fly, fly fish or cook in the outdoors at one of ODFW’s Passport to the Outdoors workshops being offered this spring.

“These workshops provide participants with hands-on outdoor skill-building activities in a casual, supportive environment,” says Rick Hargrave, ODFW information and education manager. “Beginners can try an activity to see if they like it before they invest in equipment, while those that have already tried outdoor activities can enhance their skills.”

Workshops are held year-round throughout the state and are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, with a few exceptions.

To register, email Darlene Sprecher or call her (503) 947-6025. Visit ODFW’s outdoor skills page to find out more.

January 19 - Small Game Clinic at EE Wilson Wildlife Area (near Corvallis), A Family Event

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. ODFW and Mary's Peak Hound Club are partnering to provide this beginner's clinic for families interested in learning more about small game hunting. You will learn about using dogs to assist with hunting small game such as rabbits, raccoons and squirrels; what clothing and equipment is needed; and what safety and ethical practices you need to follow.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their shotgun skills on the range prior to joining members of the MPHC and their beagles for an actual rabbit hunting experience on the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area.  Fee: $25 for individuals; $15 per additional immediate family member. Registration Limit: 30

Workshop Notes: Continental breakfast, lunch, use of equipment, instruction and resource materials will be provided.  All participants carrying a gun must have a valid hunting license. All youths must have proof of their Hunter Education Certification prior to hunting in the workshop.

February 9 - Fly Tying in John Day, An Adult Event

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. Open to adults (18 years of age and older). Experienced instructors will teach the basics in the art of fly tying. Participants will be introduced to fly tying tools and materials as they tie flies including the Wooly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Wooly Worm and other basic trout fishing flies.  Fee: $30. Registration Limit: 15

Workshop Notes: A fly tying kit and all materials needed for the day will provided for participants to use. Lunch is provided.

March 15 - A Day at the Archery Range at the Douglas Ridge Rifle Club in Eagle Creek, A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Event.  

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome.  This hands-on session will teach you the basics of archery and bowhunting.  The Douglas Ridge Rifle Club sits on about 130 acres of woods (primarily Douglas Fir), open meadows, and a ridge rising 400 feet above the flatland in Eagle Creek, Oregon.  Archery and bowhunting basics will be covered including safety, equipment and clothing.  Participants will have ample time on the range to try different types of bows, including longbows, recurves, and compounds, and will have a chance to shoot at a variety of targets. Fee: $60 Registration Limit: 30

Workshop Notes: All needed equipment and lunch will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own bows.

March 22 - Fly Tying in Pendleton, An Adult Event

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. Open to adults (18 years of age and older). Experienced instructors will teach the basics in the art of fly tying. Participants will be introduced to fly tying tools and materials as they tie flies including the Wooly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Wooly Worm and other basic trout fishing flies. Fee: $30 Registration Limit: 15

Workshop Notes: A fly tying kit and all materials needed for the day will provided to participants to use. Lunch is provided.

May 3 - Outdoor Cooking at Emigrant Springs State Park (26 miles southeast of Pendleton), An Adult Event

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. Open to adults (18 years of age and older). From grub to gourmet, this workshop will inspire participants when they find out how good things can taste in the outdoors. Experienced instructors will guide participants as they explore a variety of outdoor cooking techniques. The workshop will focus on Dutch oven cooking and smoking game meat. Cooking on camp stoves and over an open campfire will also be demonstrated. This is a hands-on workshop with participants doing all the cooking. Fee: $30 Registration Limit: 25

Workshop Notes: The registration fee includes instruction, use of equipment, program materials, recipes and their ingredients. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair, but bringing an appetite is essential as they will be eating all the delicacies they create. The workshop is being held at Emigrant Springs State Park near Pendleton. Both reservable and first-come, first served campsites and cabins are available at your own expense at the park. To make reservations go online to www.oregonstateparks.org or call 1-800-452-5687.

May 17 - Fly Fishing at Wizard Falls, Wizard Falls Hatchery, Camp Sherman, A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Event

This workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. This one day fly fishing workshop will be held at Wizard Falls Hatchery along the Metolius River. Instructors will cover equipment selection and use, terminology, how to read the water, matching the hatch, fly casting and fishing techniques, stream ecology and essential knots.  You'll get to practice your skills while fishing on the pond at the hatchery (a privilege in and of itself!) and experience what it feels like to catch a fish on the fly. 

Workshop Notes: All necessary gear and flies, along with continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. You MUST have a valid Oregon fishing license in your possession at the workshop to take part in the fishing activities. One-day licenses will be available at the event for $12.00. Primitive camping (tents only please) will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the hatchery for those who are interested - we apologize, but there is no room for RVs, trailers or pop-up campers. Early registration is encouraged as this workshop fills fast. First 20 slots reserved for first time participants until 04/17/2008. Fee: $75 Registration Limit: 30

May 24 - A Day at the Range at the Emerald Empire Gun Club (Eugene-Springfield), A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Event

This workshop is designed for beginning shooters, but all skill levels are welcome. Participants will be instructed on gun handling, firearm safety, terminology, shooting techniques and marksmanship. You will have lots of time on the range to practice with a variety of handguns, rifles, and shotguns under experienced supervision.  Fee: $60 Registration Limit:  30

Workshop Notes: Your registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch, use of equipment, instruction and resource materials.  Participants are welcome to bring their own firearms if desired.


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