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 are on the C2 Ranch near Lake Creek, and participants are chosen through a drawing by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Winners will get one day of guided turkey hunting on the ranch either during the youth turkey season that runs April 12-13 or any time during the general spring season, which runs April 15 through May 31.
Southwest Oregon has the largest turkey population in the state, and the oak savannah and brushy areas on the C2 Ranch hold turkeys galore.
"C2's just about as good as it gets," says Vince Oredson, the ODFW's habitat biologist in Central Point and the organizer of the hunts.
Last year's hunt drew 241 applicants, many from out of the area, Oredson says.
"There is a huge demand," he says. "A lot of people from the Willamette Valley want to come down here. I wish we had more places for them to go."
Last year, four of the 10 youth hunters killed a turkey, he adds.
To enter, fill out a brief application at the ODFW Central Point office, 1495 East Gregory Road, or online at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/docs/C2_Application.pdf.
Applications can be faxed to 541-826-8776 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drawing will be held March 31, and winners will be notified that day, Oredson says.
Winners will be given a telephone number to call C2 Ranch managers to set up their hunt, Oredson says. Winners can be accompanied by a parent or other family member.
Winners must supply their own $14.50 juvenile hunting license and $10.50 juvenile turkey tag and earn a hunter-education certificate.
Kids ages 9 to 13 who don't have the hunter-education certificate may apply and hunt under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program by using an adult's tag, but only during the general spring season dates.
This is the latest round of youth turkey hunts under an agreement between ODFW and C2 Ranch under the state's Access and Habitat Program.
The A&H Program gave C2 Ranch a $24,000 grant toward funding myriad habitat improvements for big game and other wildlife species. In return, the ranch owners agreed to provide 28 guided youth deer hunts and six adult archery deer hunts last fall, and will offer 10 youth turkey hunts this spring.
For more information on the raffle hunt, contact Oredson at 541-826-8774.
The ocean chinook salmon-fishing season gets its early start again Saturday when fishing opens off Oregon's shores north of Humbug Mountain.
The early season runs through April, with a daily limit of two chinook at least 24 inches long.
The season was set last year by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is mulling options for the remaining salmon-fishing seasons and limits for 2014. Those seasons are scheduled to be set April 10 in Vancouver, Wash.
Humbug Mountain is six miles south of Port Orford. The upper boundary for the upcoming season is Cape Falcon, so the waters off the mouth of the Columbia River are not part of this fishery.
A local author, geologist and naturalist will lead a virtual tour of the geology and flowers around Cannon Beach during a Thursday presentation at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
Don Begnoche's presentation will cover ground from the ocean beach to the top of Saddle Mountain, and it will highlight the regular meeting of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.
The presentation will be in Room 171 of SOU's Science Building. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or email@example.com.