Drawing for C2 youth hunts Nov. 30

    Sixteen young hunters will get a chance to hunt on one of Southern Oregon's best private ranches with a guide during the upcoming holiday season.

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking applications until Nov. 30 for the annual guided hunts on the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 this winter.

    To be eligible, kids younger than 18 must have drawn the 630T Rogue Unit Youth Deer controlled-hunt tag in last summer's drawing.

    The hunt period for that tag is Dec. 15 through Jan. 5 and is meant to coincide with the Christmas vacation from school.

    The youth hunts on C2 will be one-day affairs for either a buck or doe deer, and the ranch will provide a guide. A parent or other adult family member can attend.

    Last year, 28 kids were drawn for the hunt and 26 took part, killing 12 bucks and one doe for a 50-percent success rate.

    "That's pretty amazing that they can have that kind of success," says Vince Oredson, an ODFW wildlife habitat biologist who oversees the program. "Blacktail hunting is hard, and to have a 50-percent success rate is really good."

    The hunts were pared back to 16 this year because C2 staff had trouble handling the extra hunts over the holidays, Oredson says.

    Applications are online at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/docs/C2. The applications can be sent by email, fax, mail or hand-delivered to the ODFW's office at 1495 E. Gregory Road on the Denman Wildlife Area. Emails should be sent to Vince.J.Oredson@state.or.us, while faxes should be sent to 541-826-8774.

    Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Winners will be drawn the following day.

    For more information, call ODFW's Central Point office at 541-826-8774.

    These hunts are the latest offered to public at the C2 Ranch as part of an agreement between the ranch and the state Access and Habitat Program. The A&H Program provides the ranch with grants for brush-mowing and blackberry pulling to improve deer winter-range habitat on the ranch. The ranch reciprocates by allowing public access hunts such as these.

    Rogue FlyFishers to meet

    A Medford-based fly-fishing guide who plies Southern Oregon waters year-round for steelhead will be the featured speaker Wednesday as the Rogue FlyFishers Association continues its "Fall Steelhead" series of presentations.

    Scott Howell will headline the Nov. 19 program when the organization meets at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road.

    Howell guides part of the time on the Umpqua River, and he will share some of his techniques for getting some of that river's big denizens to rise to dry flies. He is also one of three personalities featured in the "Skagit Master" video series.

    A wet fly social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and club business at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

    For more information, see the association's website at www.rogueflyfishers.org.

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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