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Special September pheasant hunts offer way for beginners, youth to try sport: Registration for youth hunts opens Sept. 2

 
August 24, 2009

 

NOTE: The date for the John Day youth pheasant hunt is misprinted in the regulations. The correct date for the hunt is Sept. 19-20 (not Sept. 12-13).

SALEM, Ore.—Two Becoming an Outdoors-Woman hunting clinics and 14 youth (age 17 and under) pheasant hunts are scheduled for the month of September.

“Pheasants are a popular bird to hunt and an easy way to get started in the sport,” says Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills education coordinator. “Pheasants are stocked at each of these events to give participants their best shot at bagging a bird. Volunteers also accompany hunting parties with trained hunting dogs at some events.”

Each clinic begins with a review of safe hunting practices and most offer the chance to practice shotgun skills prior to going hunting. Though participants are encouraged to bring their own gear, extra blaze orange clothing and eye protection will be available at all events.

Many sportsman organizations are sponsoring these events or contributing volunteer time, money to purchase pheasants, or trained dogs and dog-handlers. These organizations include the state’s volunteer hunter education instructors, local chapters of Oregon Hunters Association, local chapters of Pheasants Forever, La Grande sporting goods store the Oregon Trail Trader, Rogue Valley Retrievers Club, Klamath Chapter of Unlimited Pheasants, Snake River Sportsmen, Mary’s Peak Hound Club, and the Oregon Bird Hunters Association.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) pheasant hunts

BOW is an award-winning program designed to teach basic outdoor skills to women in a supportive atmosphere. Participants in this event must be 18 or older and are required to have a hunting license ($22.50 for residents), an upland game bird validation ($6.50 for residents), and a free upland HIP (Harvest Information Program) validation. Get them in advance online, at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

BOW participants are encouraged to bring their own gear but ODFW will have shotguns and shells available, too. 

Sept. 19-20, Klamath Wildlife Area, Klamath Falls. Two-day workshop includes half-day shotgun skills training on Saturday morning and two separate pheasant hunts (Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning). Cost: $65 per person, includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday. Sign up now by contacting Mark Newell, tel. 503-947-6018. More information

Sept. 25, E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Monmouth. This one day workshop will include a shotgun skills training in the morning and a pheasant hunt in the afternoon. Cost $25 per person, includes lunch. Sign up now by contacting Mark Newell, tel. 503-947-6018. More information

TJ Canaday
Tristan “TJ” Canaday of Otis, Ore., with proud dad Keith and dog Sarah, took the bag limit (two pheasants) during Fern Ridge Wildlife’s Area youth hunt last year. It was TJ and Sarah’s first-ever hunt.

Youth pheasant hunts: Registration (where required) opens Sept. 2 

Youth participating in the bird hunts must have passed a certified hunter education class and be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who may not hunt during the event. All participants must wear a blaze orange hat, vest, and eye protection (ODFW will have extras available at events).

Entry to the youth hunts are free except for cost of license ($4.50 for resident youth age 14-17, free for ages 13 and under) and upland game bird validation ($6.50 for resident youth 14-17, free for ages 13 and under). Youth must also bring their hunter education certificate and a free HIP (Harvest Information Program) validation to the event. Licenses and validations can be obtained online, at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent.

Youth that are not hunter-certified may still participate in the free shotgun skills clinics taking place during some of the events (at Baker City, Denman WA, Irrigon WA, John Day area, Klamath WA, Ladd Marsh WA, mid-Columbia area, Sauvie Island WA, Willow Creek-Madras area and E.E. Wilson WA on Sept. 26-27 weekend only). Loaner shotguns and shells will be provided at the shotgun skills clinics and no pre-registration is required.

Please see pages 22-23 of the 2009-10 Oregon Game Bird Regulations (PDF) for more information about youth bird hunts and shooting clinics. 

Sept. 5-6

  • Fern Ridge Wildlife Area (WA) near Eugene. No advance registration required but hunters in field limited to 75. Hunters should check in at the Nielson Road parking lot; call (541) 935-2591 for more information. 

Sept. 12-13

  • Klamath WA (Klamath Falls), call (541) 883-5732 to register. 
  • Sauvie Island WA (Portland), call (503) 621-3488 to register.
  • Mid-Columbia (Wasco and Sherman counties), call (541) 296-4628 to register. Hunt takes place on private lands.
  • Ontario-Vale area, call (541) 889-6975 to register. Hunt takes place on cooperating private lands.
Caden & Dakota
Caden Roper (left) of Payette, Idaho and Dakota Lancaster (right) of Ontario, Ore. at a youth pheasant hunt in the Ontario-Vale area last year. 

Sept. 20

  • Heppner area, call (541) 676-5230 to register. Hunt takes place in private lands in southern Morrow County.  

Sept. 19-20

  • John Day, call (541) 575-1167 to register. Hunt takes place on private lands in John Day valley.  
  • Denman WA (Central Point), call (541) 826-8774 to register. 
  • E.E. Wilson WA (Monmouth near Corvallis), call (541) 745-5334 to register. 
  • Ladd Marsh WA (La Grande), call (541) 963-4954 for more information. No advance registration required, check in at headquarters on Pierce Road. 
  • Baker City, call (541) 963-2138 to register. Hunt takes place near Baldock Slough Wetlands Project.
  • Willow Creek (Madras area), call (541) 447-5111 to register. 

Sept. 26-27:

  • E.E. Wilson WA (Monmouth), call (541) 745-5334 to register.
  • Irrigon WA (Irrigon), call (541) 276-2344 to register. 

Youth waterfowl hunts

Youth 15 and under get the field to themselves the weekend of Sept. 26-27 (before the opening of waterfowl season Oct. 10 and 17) during a youth-only waterfowl hunt at ODFW wildlife areas and some other locations statewide. No pre-registration is required for the weekend hunt. Additional youth-only waterfowl hunts for ages 17 and under will be held at Fern Ridge WA (Nov. 28 and Dec. 19), Klamath WA (Oct. 25) and Sauvie Island WA (Oct. 25, Nov. 21, Dec. 13 and 26, Jan. 17) and the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge (Dec. 5). See page 22 of the 2009-10 Oregon Game Bird Regulations (PDF)for more information.

Suggested photo captions: [Photos will be posted on ODFW website]

Tristan “TJ” Canaday of Otis, Ore., with proud dad Keith and dog Sarah, took the bag limit (two pheasants) during Fern Ridge Wildlife’s Area youth hunt last year. It was TJ and Sarah’s first-ever hunt.

Caden Roper (left) of Payette, Idaho and Dakota Lancaster (right) of Ontario, Ore. at a youth pheasant hunt in the Ontario-Vale area last year. 

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 / (503) 931-2748

Fax: (503) 947-6009
 
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