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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Zone A deer hunting concerns

Fun-filled SoCal Crawfish Boil coming up at Raahauge’s
Mojave National Preserve Youth Quail Hunt looking for volunteer guides

The California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) will be hosting a great shooting event coming up at Raahauge’s Shooting Complex in Corona on Saturday, Aug. 11. The event has the title of So. Cal. Crawfish Boil and it is sure to attract shooting enthusiasts and families from all over the state. This venue will offer shooters an opportunity to use the clay target range, shooting bays and rifle ranges while live firing a wide range of rifle, pistol and shotgun ammo.

There are a lot of activities for kids, adults and families scheduled for this event, including: a petting zoo, gun dog demonstrations, face painting, rock climbing, an archery range, horse demonstrations, a mechanical bull riding machine and all these activities are included in the Basic Entry Ticket of just $25. For those who would like to enjoy a great hot lunch, that will be served from 11 a.m. ’til 2 p.m., with the cost just $15 in addition to the basic entry fee. Add-on items include: .22 caliber experience of 10 rounds, shotgun experience of 6 rounds and a high caliber experience where a shooter can select any three high caliber rifles or pistols to shoot for a total of 8 rounds — and for an additional fee there will be some exotic rifles to live fire.

In addition to the shooting events scheduled, there will be both a chili and BBQ cook-off for team entries of just $45. There will be a helicopter on-site for rides over Prado Basin for $50 per person and organized youth group camping for two nights, which includes camping, hot lunch entry ticket and 5 rounds of .22 rifle shots.

Of special note is that the CRPA corporate sponsor package is available with a total of 20 tickets included, along with a table spread of crawfish, pot of gumbo, sodas and water, coffee and donuts, two helicopter rides, two hours access to a shotgun shooting station and access to all events and activities. For additional ticket information or group discounts, contact Eva Padilla at (714) 992-2772.

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YOUTH QUAIL HUNT SUCCESS – Junior hunters Quinn Kennedy and Lucas Rizzotto, both of San Diego, shot Gambel’s quail last year on the Youth Quail Hunt with the assistance of mentor Hunter Hough of Palm Springs. PHOTO COURTESY OF YOUTH QUAIL HUNT

The annual Mojave National Preserve Youth Quail Hunt is set for Oct. 5, 6 & 7 and this event will be headquartered this year at the Mojave National Preserve Equestrian Center that is located adjacent to the fire station.

Event chairpersons Cliff and Toni McDonald contacted Western Outdoor News to ask for some volunteer assistance for this great youth hunting event.

“We are in need of at least 15 more guides/mentors for this year’s Youth Quail Hunt. If a WON reader can volunteer, the commitment would be an arrival no later than early morning on Saturday, Oct.6, being prepared to leave camp around 8 a.m. and returning no later than 4:30 p.m. Each guide/mentor will take one or two junior hunters out in the field to hunt for native quail on the Mojave National Preserve. Guides with gun dogs would be great. This is a ONE-DAY commitment and we really can use the help, plus the satisfaction you receive at days end after helping introduce a couple of kids to the great outdoors,” said McDonald.

McDonald went on to add, “Presently we have 60 junior hunters signed up for this year’s hunt with a waiting list already started. We are excited, as we have 24 first-time attendees with 24 young girls already registered. To find out more about this Youth Quail Hunt, contact McDonald at (760) 449-4820.

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