ODFW to hold pheasant-hunting workshops at Denman

Hunters young and old who want to learn the nuances of pheasant hunting will have two upcoming workshops in White City that are tailored to their needs.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold separate adult and youth pheasant hunting events at the Denman Wildlife Area, 1495 E. Gregory Road, on consecutive weekends in September.

First up will be the adult clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those who need a refresher course on upland game-bird hunting. Workshop organizers will provide the necessary equipment, including shotguns, ear and eye protection and hunter-orange gear.

The half-day skills training will include a classroom portion on firearm safety followed by shooting some clay pigeons with a coach. After that, participants will be broken into groups and go to hunting areas where they will be paired up with a trained bird dog and its handler.

The clinic costs $42, and participants will need a valid Oregon hunting license and upland game bird validation, which are sold at point of sale licensing outlets and will be available at the clinic. The license and validation together cost $38.

You can register at a license agent or online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license.

The youth pheasant clinic for kids younger than 18 will be held Sept. 14-15 at the wildlife area and closely follow the adult version, but the kid clinic is free.

Only kids with hunter-education cards can participate. An adult age 21 or older must accompany the youth but cannot hunt, and both the hunter and supervisor must wear hunter-orange caps as well as eye protection and a hunter-orange vest. Those who don't have their own equipment can get loaners at the clinic.

Participants must have a valid hunting license and a free harvest information program tag, while those over age 14 must have an upland game bird validation.

Participants can register for the youth class in the same fashion as the adults, or call the wildlife area for information at 541-826-8778.

The Southern Oregon Fly Tyers will offer beginning fly-tying classes starting Sept. 23 at Grace Christian School, 649 Crater Lake Ave., in Medford.

The Monday night classes, from 6 to 9, will start from scratch in the art of putting feathers, fur and thread onto flies to catch fish. The class comes with a $45 fee for materials. Participants can bring their own tying vises and tools, but tools and vises will be available for loan to those who need them.

The classes will be held in the school's Fireside Room, which will allow room for up to 25 students as well as several instructors and assistant instructors.

Pre-registration is required by Sept. 16. Potential tyers age 12 and older are invited, but those ages 12 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information or to register, call Tom Collett at 541-244-8030.

If you ever wanted to try out stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other watersports equipment, you will get the chance Saturday at Howard Prairie Lake during Paddlefest, an event sponsored by Medford's Northwest Outdoor Store.

Participants will be able to test-drive stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for free, with trips limited to 20 or 30 minutes depending on demand.

Also planned are paddle races and a paddling poker run.

Race registration will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the races beginning at 10:30 a.m. The paddling poker run will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stand Up Ashland will hold sessions of yoga atop the stand-up boards, which are like long, wide surfboards stable enough for individuals to stand on and paddle. Sessions will be limited to six people.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary officials will be on hand for water-safety demonstrations.

The event will be run out of the Howard Prairie Resort, which charges a $4 day-use fee.

Also at the lake Saturday, the Rogue Valley Yacht Club will hold its final races of the summer season.

For more information about Paddlefest and the various stand-up boards and kayaks, see the store's website at www.thenorthwestoutdoorstore.com.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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