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During the off-season, except for trips to a gun range, mid-summer hog hunt or a bunny rabbit trip out to the high desert, there are not a lot of hunting opportunities out there. New 2019/20 big game and waterfowl hunting regs are out, but bird hunters are still awaiting regs for upland game bird hunting.

Western Outdoor News just received word from Patrick Raahauge, owner of Raahauge’s Shooting Enterprises (951-735-7981) that the hunting range will be hosting the first annual Raahauge’s Youth Outdoor Adventure Day on July 20. The day long venue will be held to support the Raahauge’s Shooting Sports Foundation for future shooting and other outdoor events.

YOUTHS TO SHOOT AT RAAHAUGE’S OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY — Youngsters will get an opportunity to learn how to handle and safely shoot small arms rifles, archery gear and learn all about the great outdoors at Youth Outdoor Adventure Day. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Youth Outdoor Adventure Day is being sponsored by Turner’s Outdoors, HOWA, Lucas Oil Products along with other representatives of the shooting sports industry, conservation groups and outdoor orientated organizations.

According to Raahauge, “Youth Outdoor Adventure Day will offer youngsters an opportunity to shoot sporting clays, enjoy an archery range and try their luck out of a stocked fishing pond. The venue will feature experts in the field of safe shotgun handling, skills with bow and arrow target shooting and the stocked fishing pond should provide a new experience for many kids. Shooting and firearms experts will be manning the shooting booths and experts in other outdoor fields will be on hand to promote outdoor safety and conservation.”

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is now available online at the cost of only $15, at, which will include all events and activities. Those waiting to register on the day of the event will pay $20. In addition to there being plenty of great outdoor activities to participate in, there will be a FREE youth raffle and a special adult raffle will take place after all events are closed down.

Raahauge went on to add, “Youth Outdoor Adventure Day is designed to introduce kids of all ages to the great outdoors using hands on activities to encourage more youth evolvement in outdoor adventures.”

Some of the day long activities that youngsters can participate in include: kayaking, rock wall climbing, watch live gun dog handling and wild west demonstrations, go on a nature walk, build a quail call, paint a decoy and learn how to safely handle and shoot a 22 long rifle and sharpen their shooting skills at the BB gun booth.

Hunting wild turkeys in California is probably one of the fastest growing hunting opportunities available as more and more bird hunters are enjoying success in harvesting the largest of all upland game birds. Some 60 odd years ago California didn’t offer up much in the way of good turkey hunting, but after a number of successful transplants of birds from other states, the population of birds has grown to very huntable numbers. Coastal and northern counties in the state have reestablished breeding Rio Grande and Rio Grande/hybrids populations, but it is San Diego County where excellent game management of released turkey has really taken a strong hold. The wild turkey population in San Diego County is due, in part, to a number of private ranches, vast national forest land and the fact that the terrain, at about 3,500 feet of elevation, offers up excellent nesting conditions, not to mention difficult hunter access. The last population estimate in San Diego County was in excess of 30,000 birds, which all began with released birds from other states starting back in the 1990s.

The San Diego Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host the 21st Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, July 13 at the Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee. Doors to this great event will open a 4:30 p.m. As of press time, the website for the San Diego Chapter of NWTF is currently under construction. Anyone looking to find out more about this chapter’s banquet should call Vikki Conner, chairperson, at (760) 789-5875.

This is a very active chapter that promotes many events and supports hunting in Southern California. By attending this chapter’s turkey banquet, hunters will be able to learn more about hunting turkey in San Diego County, participate in some fun games and bid on a variety of turkey hunting gear, and wildlife art by way of huge silent and live auctions.


Based on wildlife biologists’ reports coming in to WON, ducks and goose hunting in all portions of the Pacific flyway should offer up better than average waterfowl hunting. Overall puddle duck numbers are up except for mallards and pintail, but gadwall, widgeon, spoonbills and teal gained a few percentage points based on this spring’s nesting conditions. There was some flooding of nesting sites, but it appeared as if Mother Nature didn’t do much to hamper the hatching of eggs.

Pacific Wings (509-967-2303), based out of Basin City within the Columbia Basin, emailed WON about just adding a new hunting lease next to one of its more established clubs. The land and wetlands leased has great potential for combo duck and goose hunts, with a good population of Canada and snow geese using this property. Hunting will be limited to only one party at a time on the property. According to owners Mike and Justin Franklin, there are just so many goose hunting days available in Washington so this limits the number of hunters we can accommodate. All hunting takes place over full body decoys that are both land and water mixed.

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