Black-tailed deer hunt is up for grabs

    Youth and adult hunters can register for a chance at a black-tailed deer hunt of a lifetime at the C2 Cattle Company ranch off Highway 140 this fall.

    Twenty-eight youth hunters and six adult hunters will be chosen in a drawing for these hunts, which have been offered since 2006 at the 9,500-acre ranch as part of the state Access and Habitat Program.

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will take applications for the hunts through Oct. 27, and the winners will be drawn the following day.

    The six adult hunters will be able to hunt the ranch during the late-season archery season, which runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 1. Each hunter will get two days to hunt a buck deer with not less than a forked antler.

    The youth hunters will be able to hunt the ranch during the 630T Rogue Unit Youth Deer Hunt, which runs Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Hunters need to have drawn and purchased their tag by the Dec. 13 deadline.

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

    Applications are online at, then go to "Hot Topics" and click on "Hunting Opportunities."

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

    Under the A&H Program agreement with C2, the program provides the ranch with $12,000 toward buck brush mowing and blackberry pulling that improves deer winter-range habitat on the ranch, says Vince Oredson, an ODFW wildlife habitat biologist in Central Point.

    In exchange, the ranch provides these unique hunting opportunities in prime Southern Oregon blacktail land, Oredson says.

    "They really have a lot of good winter-range there," Oredson says. "It supports a lot of deer."

    Wild-fish advocate joins board

    A Medford wild-fish advocate is one of a dozen people newly appointed to a board overseeing the Oregon Hatchery Research Center studying how wild and hatchery fish differ.

    Peter Tronquet, who is a board member of the Native Fish Society, the North Umpqua Foundation and the Steamboaters, was one of two wild-fish advocates named to the new Oregon Hatchery Research Center board, which was created by the Oregon Legislature earlier this year.

    The appointments were made by the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    The board will advise on the center's operational, budget and research priorities.

    Tronquet helped advise ODFW during the creation of its Rogue River Spring Chinook Salmon Management Plan, which included genetic testing conducted, in part, at the research center. He says he's held continued interest in genetic testing on anadromous fish.

    "So this (appointment) fits perfectly for me," Tronquet says. "It's what I like to do and why I like the research."

    The new board also includes Lindsay Ball, the former ODFW director who started the research center that opened in 2005. Ball is listed as a sport-fishing advocate.

    The center, a cooperative program between ODFW and Oregon State University, is operated to understand the difference between wild and hatchery fish. It also seeks to develop approaches to meet fishery and conservation objectives and help Oregonians understand the role of hatcheries in supporting and protecting Oregon's native fish, according to ODFW.

    The new board replaces an advisory committee that used to advise the center on issues.

    The center is along Fall Creek in the Alsea River Basin.

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or

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