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LEARN HOW TO BAG A PHEASANT: Following a half day of instruction, women enrolled in a pheasant hunting workshop will hunt at Ladd Marsh the afternoon of Oct. 1 and the morning of Oct. 2. JIM WARD photo
The only class of its kind in the state will soon be offered again at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.
A workshop on pheasant hunting for women is set for Oct. 1-2.
The class is part of the Becoming an Outdoor Woman series and is open to women age 18 and older.
The workshop is designed for women who have never hunted before and for those who need a refresher course on upland bird hunting.
Students will receive shotgun skills and firearm safety training during the first part of the course. The skills training will include time spent firing at shooting clay targets.
The safety training will include a segment on how to position yourself when hunting with a partner to avoid a firearms accident.
Following a half day of instruction, the women will hunt at Ladd Marsh the afternoon of Oct. 1 and the morning of Oct. 2.
The women will be provided with hunting dogs while pursuing pheasants. Those who will provide them include Darin Larvik of La Grande, who also provided dogs at last year’s workshop. Larvik will have three Britannies available and will be handling the dogs, one at a time, during hunts.
Larvik said he had a great experience in last year’s workshop and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the women in it.
“Their exuberance was infectious,’’ Larvik said.
Larvik is the leader of a 4-H hunting dog and shotgun shooting club, the Sagebrush Pointers.
Students are encouraged to bring their own shotguns and provide the appropriate shells for their gun. Only shotgun shells with non-lead shot will be allowed.
The ODFW will lend 20-gauge shotguns to students and provide shells. Hearing protection, hunter orange vests and safety glasses will also available for hunters.
Individuals must have a valid Oregon hunting license, an upland game bird validation and the free upland game bird HIP validation to take part in the workshop’s hunt. Hunting licenses and validation tags will not be available for purchase at the workshop.
The workshop costs $50 and lunch will be provided the first day.