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California Department of Fish and Game offers three advanced hunting clinics in September

September 8, 2010 | 11:19 am

Ducks take flight.

The California Department of Fish and Game is offering three advanced hunting clinics during the month of September as part of its Hunter Education Program.

The first one, Game Care and Cooking, is Saturday in Diamond Springs, located east of Sacramento in El Dorado County (and I apologize if this is late notice and the class is already full). Participants will learn about game care, at-home butchering and cooking, and how to make the most of what is harvested, including parts that are usually left in the field such as the heart, liver and ribs. The class will also include the preparation and cooking of several recipes for big game, upland game and waterfowl, which will then be available for sampling. Plus, a wild game cookbook will be provided to students. 

On Sept. 25, there will be two clinics, one on hunting waterfowl and the other on upland game hunting.

The waterfowl hunting clinic will be held at
 Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento. This comprehensive class will be hosted by DFG Assistant Chief Mike Carion and DFG warden Aaron Freitas and will provide hunters with all the tools and tips to be a successful waterfowler. Topics to be covered include concepts of decoy placement, blind design, ballistics, calling, duck identification and safety.

The class on hunting upland game will be held in Kern County's Peace Valley, Lebec -- about 30 miles south of Bakersfield. In partnership with the Hunter Education Instructor Assn. of Southern California, this clinic will include information about how to hunt pheasant, quail and chukar. Topics will include history, habitat, food, range maps, equipment and hunting with or without a dog. There will be dog demonstrations using pointers and flushers.

All three clinics run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost of each clinic is $45. Those 16 or younger will be admitted for free to all clinics but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited, so those interested in participating should register soon.

For more information, e-mail or call Lt. Dan Lehman at (916) 358-4356.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Ducks take flight. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times