SAUVIE ISLAND — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers hunting workshops before fall hunting seasons kick off. “Most people are taught to hunt by parents or other family members. But if you didn’t grow up in a hunting family, it can be hard to know how to get started,” said Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator. “ODFW’s workshops can fill the gap. We teach people of all ages how to hunt and fish.”
ODFW provides all the gear and equipment needed at these workshops including bows, arrows, firearms, shells, eye and ear protection, and hunter orange clothing. Safety is emphasized and each class begins with a safety talk.
An Adult Pheasant Hunting Workshop is offered from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The half-day session of shotgun skills training is followed by an afternoon pheasant hunt with a guide and hunting dog. The cost is $62, and the minimum age is 18. Participants need a hunting license, and upland game bird and Harvest Information Program (HIP) validations.
On Sept. 13, a Family Pheasant Hunting Workshop takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., also at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, and with the same format as the previous day’s workshop. The cost is $62 for adults and $12 for youths (the minimum age is 9). Those attending need a hunting license, and upland game bird and HIP validations.
Preregistration is required for all workshops. Registration is available online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license, where hunting licenses can also be purchased. Hunting licenses can be obtained from a license sales agent, as well.
For information, contact Janice Copple at 503-947-6019 or Mark Newell at 503-947-6018. To see other fishing, hunting and outdoor skills workshops, go to www.odfwcalendar.com