Ten young guns will have a good shot at bagging a tom turkey this spring thanks to an agreement with a local ranch that helps create hunting access and wildlife habitat.
The hunts on the C2 Cattle Co. ranch near Lake Creek are filled through a drawing by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Winners get one day of guided turkey hunting on the ranch, either during the youth turkey season that runs April 8-9 or any time during the general spring season, which runs April 15 through May 31.
One nonhunting adult may accompany the youth.
The hunts have been popular in recent years, drawing applicants from across Oregon.
Last year's 10 hunters bagged six tom turkeys for a high success rate, says Vince Oredson, ODFW's habitat biologist who oversees the hunts.
"Turkeys had a good hatch last spring, so there should be plenty of birds out there this year," Oredson says.
To enter, apply at the ODFW Central Point office, 1495 E. Gregory Road, or online at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/hunting/index.asp.
Applications can be faxed to 541-826-8776 or emailed to email@example.com.
Applications will be taken through March 31, and the drawing will occur at ODFW's Central Point office, Oredson says. Winners will be notified by phone April 3.
Winners must supply their own juvenile hunting license and juvenile turkey tag and earn a hunter-education certificate.
Kids ages 9 to 13 who don't have the hunter-education certificate may hunt under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program by using an adult's tag, but only during the general spring season.
The A&H Program gave C2 Ranch a grant to fund myriad habitat projects for big game and other wildlife. In return, the ranch owners agreed to provide guided youth deer hunts and adult archery deer hunts last fall and will offer 10 youth turkey hunts this spring.
For more information, call Oredson at 541-826-8774.
Field and Stream hosting Sunday seminars
The new Field and Stream store in Medford will host an event Sunday designed to jump-start outdoor enthusiasts for spring fishing and hunting in Southern Oregon.
Members of the Middle Rogue Steelheaders and local National Wild Turkey Federation members will conduct individual seminars on spring chinook salmon fishing and spring wild turkey hunting, respectively.
Also, the Medford-based Rogue FlyFishers Association will conduct a fly-tying class in the store, and members will join their steelheading brethren for fly-casting demonstrations in the store parking lot at 293 Rossanley Drive off Highway 238 in Medford.
Steelheaders Todd Logan and Jesse Blair will run salmon-fishing seminars at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The spring turkey hunting seminar is scheduled for 2 p.m.
All the events are free.
The store will give out "mystery" gift cards to the first 100 adults in line for the event and hold drawings for prizes throughout the day. Local river guides are invited to park their boats outside the store as a way of promoting their businesses.
— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.