The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is hosting free pheasant hunts for youth hunters, ages 17 and under, around the state during the month of September.
One of the hunts will be held in Grant County on Sept. 16-17. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and participants meet at Prairie Wood Products, 457 W. Front St., Prairie City.
ODFW stocks pheasants for these special hunts to give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove can also be hunted.
The hunts are free, though participants do need a valid hunting license and upland game bird validation. They must also have previously passed hunter education.
“If your child made it through hunter education but is still new to the sport, this is a great way to get them started,” said James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator.
An adult 21 years or older must accompany the youth to supervise, but is not allowed to hunt. Both hunter and supervisor must wear a hunter orange hat, eye protection and a hunter orange vest. Safety equipment will be provided by ODFW for anyone who needs it.
To register, visit odfwcalendar.com. Registration can also be done at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses.
For more information contact the John Day ODFW office at 541-575-1167.