The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced registration for youth upland bird hunts is now open. The youth hunts are free and give hunters ages 17 and under an early chance to hunt pheasant, quail and doves. The hunts are held during weekends in September statewide.

Hunters over the age of 14 need to buy a hunting license and upland game bird validation before the hunt. All hunters also must have their upland game bird harvest information program validation.

Youth hunters must have successfully completed hunter education to be eligible for the hunts.

Hunts in Eastern Oregon are listed below.

• Sept. 10-11, Baker City — hunt near Baldock Slough Wetlands Project. Call 541-963-2138.

• Sept. 10 only, Ontario-Vale area — hunt on cooperating private lands. Call 541-889-6975.

• Sept. 17-18, La Grande — Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. No advance registration required. Check in at headquarters, 59116 Pierce Road. Check station opens 6:30 a.m., hunting hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 541-963-4954.

• Sept. 24, Heppner — hunt on private lands in south Morrow County. Call 541-676-5230.

• Sept. 24-25, Irrigon — Irrigon Wildlife area. Call 541-276-2344.

—Anna Willard

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