Oregon offers many special opportunities to introduce youth to the outdoors and the sport of hunting. Each September, Youth Upland Bird Hunts are offered at 12 locations around the state. This popular program provides a unique opportunity for youth less than 18 years of age and who have passed a hunter education course to pursue upland birds. The main quarry is pheasants, but quail and dove may also be taken. Each year these hunts attract more than 1000 youth hunter-visits. Each youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult that is 21 years or older. This way the adult can devote their entire attention to the young hunter offering them a safe and enjoyable experience.
To find out more about these special Youth Upland Bird Hunts see the annual Game Bird Regulations. The annual regulations contain a special section that describes statewide youth opportunities, including special waterfowl hunts, for the aspiring game bird hunter.
Mentored Youth Hunter Program allows youth 9 through 13 years of age to hunt without first passing an approved hunter education program. It gives unlicensed youngsters the opportunity to receive mentored, one-on-one field experience and training on the ethics, safety, responsibility, and enjoyment of the hunting while closely supervised by a licensed adult. Any hunter over the age of 21 with all appropriate licenses/tags/stamps can serve as a mentor to any youth.
No additional license or fee is required, but youth that participate must annually complete a program registration form and mail it to ODFW. Supervising hunters are responsible for training the youth in firearm and hunter safety before engaging in hunting or related activities. Both the mentor and youth must review a Safe Hunting Information section outlining basic safety rules and the youth must keep a signed copy of the form on their person during the hunt.