SALEM — ODFW Outdoors is offering several small game and pheasant hunting workshops in February in Monmouth and Maupin.
These workshops are perfect for beginners because ODFW provides all the gear needed, including shotguns, shells, eye protection and hunter orange clothing. Each class begins with a basic hunter safety lesson and practice on the shotgun range. Then participants head into the field for a real hunt, guided by hunting dogs and their handlers. Finally, participants learn how to clean and prepare a bird or rabbit, and go home with cooking tips and recipes.
ODFW is offering a mix of clinics — some for families, some for adults and some for women.
• Feb. 22 – Family Introduction to Pheasant Hunting
Luckiamute Valley Pheasant Preserve, Monmouth. $52 for adults, $12 for youth (minimum age 9). Children age 9-13 may hunt under the Mentored Youth Hunter Program. Children age 14-17 need to be hunter education certified to participate.
• Feb. 23 – Women’s Introduction to Pheasant Hunting
Luckiamute Valley Pheasant Preserve, Monmouth. $52
A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the clinic price. Participants also need to purchase the appropriate license or tag before the workshop. These can be purchased online or at a license sales agent. Adults need a hunting license ($29.50) and an Upland Game Bird Validation ($8.50) if hunting pheasant. Youth need a youth hunting license ($14.50 for youth age 14-17, free if younger) and Upland Game Bird Validation ($8.50) for pheasant. Pheasant hunters also need a free HIP validation.
To register, go to a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. You can also register online at ODFW’s License Sales page. For the family workshops, adults need to choose “Adult Workshop” and youth need to choose “Youth Workshop.”