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Hunters can apply now for C2 Ranch deer hunts

LAKE CREEK — Six bowhunters will have a chance to hunt deer on the 9,500-acre C2 Cattle Company ranch during next month's late archery season under an Access and Habitat Program agreement.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking applications for a drawing the hunts Nov. 15 through Dec. 7. The three-days hunts are for adults and are unguided. Interested hunters can apply through the mail, fax or email and must fill out an application that can be found at http://dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/docs/C2_Application.pdf.

Last year, 162 bowhunters applied for the tags, which have been offered through the A&H Program the past four years. Under an agreement with the C2 Ranch, the program provides about $9,000 worth of habitat-improvement work on the ranch in exchange for three public-access hunts, says Vince Oredson, the ODFW habitat biologist who organizes the projects.

Along with the bow hunts, the ranch hosts youth deer and youth turkey hunts, as well, Oredson says.

Applications for this fall's hunts are due by the end of business Sunday, Oct. 26, and the drawing will occur the following day at ODFW's White City office.

Winners will be notified by telephone. The hunt requires a general bow deer tag.

Applications should be faxed to Oredson at 541-826-8776, or email to vince.j.oredson@state.or.us. Applications may also be mailed to ODFW C2, 1495 East Gregory Road, Central Point, OR 97502

FlyFishers talking swing

A veteran Oregon fly-fishing guide and author will join the Rogue FlyFishers Association on Wednesday to discuss advanced strategies and misconceptions about swinging flies.

John Larison will be the featured speaker at the club's regular meeting Wednesday at the Rogue Regency, 2300 Biddle Road. A wet fly social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner and club business at 7 p.m.

Swinging flies is the term used for fly-fishing with streamers in steelhead riffles, with anything from floating lines to sink-tip and full-sink lines. The fly is cast across the riffle at a downward angle, and the line and fly then swing through the water.

Swinging flies is a very effective technique on the upper Rogue River for summer steelhead in the fall.

Larison has written three books on the subject, including the how-to guide "The Complete Steelheader."

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, visit the association's website at www.rogueflyfishers.org.

Mushroom classes and outings

Fall is prime mushroom-hunting season in Southern Oregon, and several outings and classes are being offered to teach people about local fungi.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, local mushroom authority John Teem, along with local students and citizen-scientists Mazzy Garcia and Acacia Teem, will lead a guided foray through Ashland's Oredson-Todd Woods. The group will learn about our surrounding native woodlands, including edible, medicinal and toxic plants and fungi. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Cost is $25 per adult. Children 10 and younger free. Hike from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up early. For information, call 541-482-3241.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, Teem will lead another guided mushroom hike, with an emphasis on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop to carpool. Cost is $25 per person. Space is limited. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.

On Saturday, Oct 18, a Fall Wild Mushroom Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn how to identify the poisonous ones. The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, Oct. 19, Mike Potts will lead a family-friendly mushroom identification hike for the Siskiyou Field Institute. “Edible Mushrooms of the Southern Cascades” will start in north Medford and proceed east on a field trip near Mount McLoughlin. Tuition costs $35.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, Potts will teach “Edible Mushrooms of the Siskiyous,” beginning with a lecture at Deer Creek Center in Selma and ending with a field trip in the Cave Junction area. Tuition costs $55; pre-registration required. 

For those who want an in-depth look at the entire fungal kingdom, SFI offers a three-day “Forest Mushrooms of Southwest Oregon/Northwest California” taught by U.S. Forest Service botanist David Lebo. The class begins Friday Nov. 7 at Deer Creek Center. On Saturday Nov. 8, students will explore mushrooms and other fungi in the Smith River Canyon of Northern California and end up in Brookings for the night. Sunday morning’s foray takes place along the Southern Oregon coast. Tuition costs $155. For details, see www.thesfi.org or call 541-597-8530.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.