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DFG receives $50,000 grant to aid SHARE

By Keith Lair , Staff Writer

The Department of Fish and Game has received a $50,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation for the state's new Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement program.
The program is designed to increase hunting opportunities, promote conservation and foster cooperation between the DFG, landowners, sportsmen and conservation groups.

SHARE was created by AB 396, which was sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association, California Cattleman's Association and California Farm Bureau. Tom Harmon (R-Huntington Beach) authored the legislation.

Bosworth wins ESPY

Log roller Tina Bosworth became the first female and non- bass angler to win an ESPY Award, taking the prize for Best Outdoors Athlete last week.

Bosworth is the only 10-time women's world champion as she extended her streak two weeks ago at the Great Outdoor Games. She is the only person to have medaled in every GOG.

Bass prizes raised

Prizes for the U.S. Open, the richest bass fishing tournament in the west, have increased, promoter WON announced.

The tournament will pay deeper into the 150-angler field, and will double its amateur prize award. The event will be held Sept. 9-15 at Lake Mead.

An additional five pros will receive prize money. The winner will take $50,000, a Ranger 519 V5 boat with a trailer, electronics and trolling motor and a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The top finisher in the AAA class will receive a fully rigged Ranger 175 VS boat, valued at $20,000.

Survival skills

A wilderness survival skills class, sponsored by the Department of Fish and Game, will be held Aug. 14 at the Cummings Ranch in Tehachapi.

The course, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes planning, equipment, developing skills, essentials, first aid, emergency techniques, including signaling for help, protection from weather, hypothermia, frostbite, minor injuries, fire-building and shelter construction.

It will be taught by Jeff Banke and cost $40. For more information, call (916) 653-7448.

Dove, quail hunts

Twenty free dove and quail hunts, many to be held on opening weekend, and 46 special pheasant are being offered by the Department of Fish and Game's Game Bird Heritage program. They are geared toward first-time hunters.

The dove opener is Sept. 1 and quail opener Oct. 16.

There will be morning and afternoon dove hunts on Sept. 1 in the Gorman- Frazier Park area, Tehachapi, Cuyuma Valley in Santa Barbara County and Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County.

Other dove hunts are mornings and afternoons on Sept. 2 in Tehachapi and mornings and afternoons Sept. 4-5 at Rancho Jamul.

There will be a quail hunt Oct. 16-17 near Frazier Park and a dove-quail hunt Nov. 20-21 at Rancho Jamul.

The drawing deadline is Aug. 4 for the dove and quail hunts.

Interested parties should send a postcard with the applicant's name, mailing address, phone numbers and 2004-05 hunting license number on a standard-sized postcard. Applicants can bring one guest and that person's hunting license number also must be on the card. Applicants must specify which hunt they are applying for and only one application can be sent per hunt. Additional postcards must be sent for other hunts.

In L.A. County, there will be family pheasant hunts Oct. 10, Nov. 13, Dec.12 and Jan. 8-9; a women's hunt Oct. 10; and junior hunts Oct. 9, Nov.14 and Dec. 11. In San Diego County, there will be family hunts Oct. 2, Nov. 7, Dec. 4 and Jan. 15-16; a women's hunt Dec.4; and junior hunts Oct.3, Nov. 6 and Dec. 5. In Ventura County, a family hunt is Feb. 13 and junior hunt Feb. 12. In Santa Barbara County, family hunts are Sept. 25-26, Dec. 18-19. In Tehachapi, a family and junior hunt are both on Oct.23.

Applications are available on the Internet at , or by calling (562) 342-7145. The deadline is Sept.7. Newly licensed hunters automatically will be allowed to participate in a pheasant hunt without going through a random drawing.

For the dove and quail hunts, send cards to California Department of Fish and Game, Special Dove/Quail Hunts, 4665 Lampson Ave. Suite C, Los Alamitos, 90720.

Pheasant hunt applications must be delivered to the same address.

Keith Lair can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at .

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