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Friday, July 06, 2018
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Youth Safari Day celebrates 20th anniversary
Kids have enjoyed experiencing the great outdoors at Youth Safari Day for the past 20 years, and this year’s event — scheduled for July 21 — will offer a huge selection of outdoor activities that will enhance their introduction to the fishing, shooting, conservation, wildlife and many fun and interesting things to do outdoors.

“Our many volunteers and the great support from the Orange County and Los Angeles chapters of Safari Club International has made this a must attend event for two decades,” stated Dennis Anderson, Chairman of Youth Safari Day. “This venue allows our youth to enjoy a wonderful day of outdoor experiences and a chance to relate to the many events that they would otherwise not be able to experience. What started out as just a small event, with the backing of the late Mike Raahauge and other valued committee members, has now grown into a huge outdoor venue for youngsters and their families. This year’s event will likely set another attendance record as the venue continues to attract new youngsters and appreciative accompanying adults.”

YOUTH SAFARI DAY — Kids will enjoy a fun day afield when attending Youth Safari Day at Mike Raahauge’s Shooting Complex in Corona on Sat. July, 21. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

There are events, activities and booths offering an introduction into just about every outdoor experience available. A partial list of great things for kids to participate in include: clay target shooting, decoy painting, duck, quail and turkey calling, handgun shooting, rifle range (22 cal.), paint ball games, archery, BBgun shooting gallery, dog demonstrations, kayaking, rock climbing, animal exhibits and petting zoo and more!

Anderson went on to add, “New this year to Youth Safari Day will be the inflatable zip line, and to help celebrate our 20th year, each youngster will receive a neat backpack stuffed with lots of goodies!”

Those planning on attending can go online at youthsafariday.com and register early, as this event is likely to fill up quickly. The special online registration offers a discounted price of only $15 per person. This offer is valid for pre-registration only online. All events and the Kids Raffle are included with the price of admission. Walk-in registration will be $20 per person the day of the event, but children under the age of 2 years will be admitted free. The YSD committee has also made arrangements for In-N-Out Burger to provide lunches for those who order food online. This lunch includes an In-N-Out cheeseburger, chips, cookies and a bottle of water and will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Make sure to bring your printed out online receipt to the event.

Looking ahead to dove season come Sept. 1, it’s looking like it’s going to be an excellent opener. There are lots of dove winging over all of Southern California and reports from the Imperial Valley and across to Yuma are indicating that this summer has offered up a great hatch of mourning and Eurasian collared dove. It’s still a tad early to make a prediction on how white-winged brood numbers will be, but some rains in the high deserts and down into northern Mexico have contributed to very good nesting conditions.

Western Outdoor News spent some time checking out traditional dove spots in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties this past week and the numbers of dove were very high. One area in northern San Bernardino County showed huge flocks of birds diving into a fallow grain field, that was a mix of wild oats and stands of sage. In addition to seeing lots of birds on the wing, there were plenty of hillsides that were covered in dove weed (turkey millet), which should provide this year’s hatch of dove with plenty of food.

Upland game bird hunting for dove and quail still allows the use of lead shot here in California. It would be this hunter’s hopes that we will be able to continue using lead shot come the latest in non-toxic shot regulations for California starting in July of 2019.

Kent Cartridge Company now offers non-toxic bismuth shotgun loads. The new pellets are made of high density 9.6g/cc non-toxic alloy that has a 24 per cent greater density than steel. On windy days hunters will hit more birds with bismuth shot because it’s higher density minimizes wind drift. Bismuth shot also performs well with all chokes and has significant knock down power. Kent’s new bismuth ammo is available in 12, 16 and 20 ga. loads, in shot sizes of #4, #5 and #6 for both upland game bird and waterfowl hunting and the price range will be $32 to $45 per box of 25 rounds.

NEW NON-TOXIC BISMUTH SHOT AMMO FROM KENT — Kent Cartridge Co. now offers non-toxic shotgun ammo for both upland game bird hunting and waterfowling.

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