Reservations going fast for free youth pheasant hunt

Reservations are disappearing quickly for a free youth pheasant hunt set for Dec. 15-16 on a private hunting preserve in Northern California south of Klamath Falls.

The Rising Sun Hunt Preserve will take up to 70 hunters for its youth hunt, which is in its ninth year, owner Linda Holzhauser says.

The hunt occurs on the Holzhauser's preserve, which is on a 1,080-acre ranch off Highway 97 south of Dorris, Calif.

"We do this because we're trying to help the kids," Holzhauser says. "It's a healthy, worthwhile activity."

The hunt is open to kids ages 16 and younger who have passed their hunter's safety course and have a California hunting license.

The fee for a California hunting license for a resident or a nonresident youth under 16 years of age is $9.70 and is good until June 30, 2008.

All youths must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian, and a dog and handler will be provided for each young hunter. They also are welcome to bring their own bird dogs.

This hunt will be limited to 70 youths, with half hunting each day beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information and reservations, call the preserve at 530-397-3621.

Holiday beachcombers can find all that's good and bad about visiting Oregon's beaches this weekend when a set of unusually high and low tides hits the coast.

The so-called "minus" low tides will expose more clam beds, tide pools and beaches normally submerged during regular low-tide sequences.

However, the extremely high tides — approaching 10 feet in places like Coos Bay — can be dangerous to visitors who don't keep one eye on their tide book and the other eye on the surf.

Sneaker waves become especially dangerous at times of high tides and during winter storms, says Robert Smith, beach-safety education coordinator for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Also, beaches become narrower during the high-tide sequences, leaving little room to escape some points, Smith says.

People driving on beaches open to vehicles need to be careful about how high up the beach they park because the high tides will surge beyond the water marks in the sand.

Smith also warns people to be aware of logs now above the surf line that could get dislodged when waves reach them.

Parks officials say people should not avoid the coast during the holidays, but just keep an eye on the tides.

More beach-safety tips and closer looks at the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents can be seen online at The Web site also provides access to the high and low tide times at various ports.

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