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  • ODFW to hold pheasant-hunting workshops at Denman

  • Hunters young and old who want to learn the nuances of pheasant hunting will have two upcoming workshops in White City that are tailored to their needs.
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  • Hunters young and old who want to learn the nuances of pheasant hunting will have two upcoming workshops in White City that are tailored to their needs.
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold separate adult and youth pheasant hunting events at the Denman Wildlife Area, 1495 E. Gregory Road, on consecutive weekends in September.
    First up will be the adult clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
    This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those who need a refresher course on upland game-bird hunting. Workshop organizers will provide the necessary equipment, including shotguns, ear and eye protection and hunter-orange gear.
    The half-day skills training will include a classroom portion on firearm safety followed by shooting some clay pigeons with a coach. After that, participants will be broken into groups and go to hunting areas where they will be paired up with a trained bird dog and its handler.
    The clinic costs $42, and participants will need a valid Oregon hunting license and upland game bird validation, which are sold at point of sale licensing outlets and will be available at the clinic. The license and validation together cost $38.
    You can register at a license agent or online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license.
    The youth pheasant clinic for kids younger than 18 will be held Sept. 14-15 at the wildlife area and closely follow the adult version, but the kid clinic is free.
    Only kids with hunter-education cards can participate. An adult age 21 or older must accompany the youth but cannot hunt, and both the hunter and supervisor must wear hunter-orange caps as well as eye protection and a hunter-orange vest. Those who don't have their own equipment can get loaners at the clinic.
    Participants must have a valid hunting license and a free harvest information program tag, while those over age 14 must have an upland game bird validation.
    Participants can register for the youth class in the same fashion as the adults, or call the wildlife area for information at 541-826-8778.
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