Youths train sights on state waterfowl

Oregon's youngest guns will get the state's first shots at waterfowl beginning Saturday, Sept. 22, as part of the statewide youth waterfowl hunt.

Kids 15 and younger can take part in the two-day hunt as long as they hold the necessary permits, have a Hunter Education Certificate and are accompanied by a nonhunting adult age 21 or older.

Places such as the state-owned Denman Wildlife Area are open, as well as most area public lands, but hunters are urged to check with the land-managing agency to make sure they are open.

All ducks and geese bag limits apply locally. However, hunters in the Northwest Zone will see goose hunting closed in most areas.

Hunters in Lake County also will see a bag limit of no more than one white-fronted goose each day of the hunt.

Youth-only hunts such as this one do not qualify under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will come to Medford Thursday as part of a series of workshops to help members of the public apply for all-terrain-vehicle grants.

Parks-department ATV staffers will use these workshops to demonstrate a new, online, grant-application system and explain how the grant process works.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford.

Participants in this free workshop will create their own online account to use for future grant requests. Attendees should bring a laptop computer with Wi-Fi access and a current or recent grant to use as reference while building their online account.

A 30-minute lunch is scheduled, and participants should bring their own food.

Similar workshops are planned for Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Salem, Oct. 2 in La Grande and Oct. 4 in Bend.

For more information, telephone Westside field representative Mike Law at 541-991-1989.

Firefighters have gotten enough of a handle on the Fort Complex fires that some trails and roads within portions of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in California have reopened.

Forest roads 1040, 1030, 1035, 1055 and 1050 opened last week just in time for last weekend's start of the black-tailed deer season in California.

However, four trails in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area will remain closed because of firefighting in the Azalea Lake area. Those trails are the No. 954 Shoofly Trail, the No. 955 Glade Trail, the No. 956 Goff Butte Trail and the No. 957 Butte Fork Trail between those other closed trails.

Also, people hiking the No. 959 lower Cook and Green Trail should watch for hazardous conditions stemming from the nearby Lick fire area.

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