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New Oregon Outdoors show on KTVL

The Mail Tribune and KTVL will team up for a new weekly half-hour outdoors show set to debut Saturday night.

“Oregon Outdoors with Mark Freeman” will air at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 10.

The stories planned for the new show are deeper and more visual dives into the kinds of outdoors that appear each Friday in the Mail Tribune and on KTVL’s Oregon Outdoors, which runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on KTVL’s 6 p.m. newscast.

The introductory show is on fishing for winter steelhead during spring on the middle Rogue River near Merlin.

Future shows will delve into topics ranging from hunting with peregrine falcons and fishing the Columbia River for spring chinook to waterfall hikes, mushroom hunting and whitewater rafting.

The show is produced, written and hosted by Freeman, who has been the Mail Tribune’s outdoor writer for 31 years. John Stoeckl of Rosebud Media is the producer-editor, while the principal videographers are Stoeckl and Mail Tribune photo editor Jamie Lusch.

Rosebud Media’s Dustin Peters is the graphics editor.

Steven Saslow, owner of Rosebud Media and the Mail Tribune, and Rosebud’s Bill Carey, are executive producers.

Youth turkey hunt openings

Openings are still available for Saturday’s spring turkey hunting clinic at the Denman Wildlife Area in Central Point, which resumes this year with a healthy dose of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, will hold the one-day clinic in two sessions with built-in social distancing and other changes to keep the event safe for staff and the kids, organizers say. COVID-19 concerns led to the cancellation of last year’s clinic.

ODFW staff and experienced hunters with the OHA will teach attendees about turkey biology and their behaviors, hunting tactics, and where opportunities are to hunt them in southwest Oregon. The clinic gives attendees the basic skills and some equipment to begin safely and successfully turkey hunting.

The Rogue Valley Chapter of the OHA is contributing financially to the event, and all attendees will walk away with some basic equipment to start calling turkeys.

The various topics for discussion will be broken into five stations for smaller groups practicing social distancing.

Sessions will be broken into two four-hour groups — one from 8 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 5 p.m.

Each will have a maximum of 20 kids, each with one accompanying adult. Masks and social-distancing will be required.

To register, telephone 541-826-8774.