Feb. 29, 2012
Dalton Pariani with his turkey taken in Douglas County during the 2011 spring youth turkey season.. (click to enlarge)
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — ODFW’S Access and Habitat program is offering youth hunters (age 17 and under) the opportunity to win a guided turkey hunt on a private ranch in Jackson County during the spring 2012 season.
To enter the drawing to win one of 10 hunts at the C2 Ranch, fill out this online application. Mail it to ODFW at 1495 E Gregory Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, or fax (541-826-8776) or email it (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications can also be picked up at ODFW’s Central Point office.
Applications must be received at ODFW’s office in Central Point by March 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. The drawing will be held that evening and winners will be notified on March 30.
Winners receive one day of turkey hunting on the C2 Ranch, accompanied by a guide who will help locate wild turkeys. A parent or other family member may also accompany the youth on the hunt. Winners will need to contact C2 Ranch directly to arrange their one-day hunt during the youth turkey season (April 7-9, 2012) or general spring turkey season (April 15-May 31, 2012).
There is no cost to enter the raffle but winners are responsible for purchasing the right documents before hunting (a juvenile hunting license for $14.50 and juvenile turkey tag for $10.50). Youth age 9-13 without hunter education certification may apply and hunt under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program (MYHP) provided all program rules are followed during the hunt (youth hunts on adult’s tag, one weapon between youth and adult, etc.) MYHP hunters may only hunt during the general spring turkey season, not the youth turkey season.
Southwest Oregon has the most turkeys in Oregon and the C2 Ranch’s oak savannah and brushy areas provide good turkey habitat. C2 Ranch has improved habitat for big game and other wildlife on its property, thanks in part to an $11,000 Access and Habitat (A&H) program grant. As part of the grant, the ranch also provides 10 guided youth turkey hunts during the spring and 25 guided youth deer hunts during the fall.
The A&H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The A&H Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and revenue from the sale of big game auction tags and raffle tickets.
More information about the A&H Program can be found at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH.