posted on February 10, 2014 07:52
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is doing its part of promoting the sport, by creating beginner workshops starting early in 2014.
During February there are workshops that are designed to introduce newcomers to the hunting world. While one of these workshops is for small game, three of them are dedicated to Oregon pheasant hunting and will be a great first step for anyone with an interest in the sport.
Two of the workshops are designed for the family. With the rise in families spending more time together in recent years; these workshops should prove to be popular.
If you are looking for the family to attend one of these workshops, the youngest child must be at least 9 and can be covered, up to the age of 14, by the Mentored Youth Hunter Program. For those aged 14 to 17, a hunter-education certificate is required to participate.
One of the workshops, being held on February 23, is solely dedicated to female hunters. This shouldn’t be too surprising. Statistics released earlier this year showed the number of male hunters has dropped 2% while the number of female hunters has risen 20%. This demonstrates that the sport has a chance to grow, even in these tough economical times, and is becoming less male dominated.
These workshops are designed for the novice hunter. To this end all the hunting gear will be provided, including: shotgun and shells, eye protection and orange safety clothing.
All four of the workshops will start with a basic hunter safety lesson and a chance to practice shooting on the range. Later attendees will be able to go on a real hunt accompanied by hunter dogs and their handlers.
The day ends with how to prepare a bird and a set of practical recipes to take home.
Those who will be looking to join will need to purchase the correct licenses and have Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation prior to attending the workshops.
Are you looking to start pheasant hunting in 2014? Will you be attending a workshop in the New Year?