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  • Ranch offers special hunts

  • Youth and adult hunters can register for a chance to land a black-tailed deer hunt of a lifetime at the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 this fall.
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  • Youth and adult hunters can register for a chance to land a black-tailed deer hunt of a lifetime at the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 this fall.
    Twenty-eight youth hunters and six adult hunters will be chosen in a drawing for these hunts that have been offered at the 9,500-acre ranch as part of the state Access and Habitat Program since 2006.
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking applications for these two hunts through Oct. 27, and the winners will be drawn the following day.
    The six adult hunters will be able to hunt the ranch during the late-season archery season, which runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 1. Each hunter will get two days to hunt for buck deer with forked antlers.
    The youth hunters will be able to hunt the ranch during the 630T Rogue Unit Youth Deer Hunt, which runs Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Hunters need to have drawn and purchased their tag by the Dec. 13 deadline.
    The youth hunts will be one-day affairs for either a buck or doe deer, during which the ranch will provide a guide. A parent or other family member can attend.
    Applications are online at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/, then go to "Hot Topics" and click on Hunting Opportunities. For more information, call the ODFW's Central Point office at 541-826-8774.
    Under the A&H Program agreement with C2, the program provides the ranch with $12,000 toward buck brush mowing and blackberry pulling that improves deer winter-range habitat on the ranch, says Vince Oredson, an ODFW wildlife habitat biologist in Central Point.
    In exchange, the ranch provides these unique hunting opportunities in prime Southern Oregon blacktail land, Oredson says.
    — Mark Freeman
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