Prepare for Youth Pheasant Season!
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce a youth shotgun skills clinic planned for Ladd Marsh State Wildlife Area. This is an opportunity for youth age 17 and younger, who have completed hunter education or currently enrolled in a course, to tune up their shooting skills. This clinic will prepare and excite the youth for the upcoming September Youth Pheasant Hunts and Game bird seasons this fall. Remember to bring your hunter ed card or proof of enrollment.
Participants will be taught basic shotgun shooting skills under the supervision of local hunter education instructors. Clay target and shotshells will be provided, both 12 and 20 gauge steel loads, along with hearing protections and shooting glasses. For those bringing their own ammunition, please note non toxic shot is required on the refuge. Youth are encouraged to bring their own shotgun but asked to ensure it is in safe working order, steel shot compatible, and with an improved cylinder or modified choke. Chokes tighter then modified, such as full choke, are not permitted with steel shot shotshells. Several youth 20 gauge semi auto shotguns will also be available for use. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. Drinking water will be available.
Thatcher's Ace Hardware in La Grande and Baker City has also donated a youth 20 ga shotgun to be raffled off mid way through the event. One free raffle ticket per youth participating. An adult 21 years or older must be present with participants during the clinic, and to take legal custody of the raffled firearm.
Advanced registration is encouraged by calling 541-403-0724 or 541-963-4954. Questions may also be directed to these numbers. Ladd Marsh HQ is 5 miles south of La Grande. Participants should plan to meet at the Headquarters Office, 59116 Pierce Road, La Grande, OR.