The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering free pheasant hunts for youth hunters in September.
Youth hunters will have an opportunity to experience one of the most exciting upland game hunts in the west this September. Hunts will take place in multiple locations statewide, including Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, and Wamic/Tygh Valley.
Youth aged 17 and under who have passed a hunter education will qualify for the hunts. Each youth hunter must be paired with an adult 21 years of age or older who may not hunt. Registration is free, but youth hunters are still required to have a hunting license ($10 for ages 12-17, free age 11 and under). Youth hunters ages 12-17 also need an upland bird validation ($4).
Most areas offer hunts both Saturday and Sunday. However, youth hunters may only sign up for one hunt.
Locations and dates are as follows:
- Baker City area, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25
- Central Point, Denman Wildlife Area, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
- Corvallis (near Camp Adair), EE Wilson Wildlife Area, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25.
- Eugene, Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.
- Hermiston, Irrigon Wildlife Area, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, sign up for morning or evening hunt.
- John Day area, Sept. 17 and 18.
- Klamath Falls, Klamath Wildlife Area, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
- La Grande, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
- Madras, Gateway Canyon Preserve, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, sign up for one of several three-hour hunting shifts.
- Portland, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18
- Wamic/Tygh Valley, White River Wildlife Area, Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
Don’t forget to sign up soon if this is something you’re interested in.