Free Bird Hunts for Youth

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hosting 14 pheasant hunts for youth (17 and under) during the month of September. Additionally, youth 15 and under have the opportunity to participate in a youth-only waterfowl hunt September 26-27 (before the official opening of waterfowl season in October). All the hunts will include a review of safe hunting practices and most will offer the chance to practice shotgun skills prior to going hunting.

In order to participate in the bird hunts, youth must have passed a certified hunter education class and must be accompanied by an adult (21 and older) who may not hunt during the event. Participants are encouraged to bring their own hunting gear, however, extra blaze orange clothing and eye protection will be available at all events.

There is no cost associated with the hunts except for the cost of a hunting license ($4.50 for resident youth age 14-17, free for ages 13 and under) and upland game bird validation ($6.50 for resident youth 14-17, free for ages 13 and under). Youth must also bring their hunter education certificate and a free HIP (Harvest Information Program) validation to the event.

Note: Youth that are not hunter-certified may still participate in the free shotgun skills clinics taking place during some of the events. Loaner shotguns and shells will be provided.

Visit the ODFW web site for more information about registration, licenses, or a specific clinic in your area.

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