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Seminars are back for 2023. Call to reserve a spot now for this year (909-887-3444).

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Just for Upland Bird Hunters


The Western Birds seminar program is about teaching hunters in Southern California WHERE to go on public lands for upland birds - doves, quail, and chukar. Most seminars are broken down into three parts: 1) Resources: Mostly about public land maps and how to use them and where it's legal to hunt; 2) Four Keys: Focus is on the importance of water for gamebirds in Southern California and how to find water sources; 3) Where: We provide detailed where-to-go information, and all fee seminars include a two-issue trial subscription to the Western Birds newsletter. Our longer, three-plus hour seminars include information on scouting and calls.
Public Land Maps, US Geological Survey Maps, Mapping Software, and GPS Units and how to use them for your hunting


The seminars provide detailed information on the different types of maps -- printed, digital, and Internet -- that you need to use to become a more successful bird hunter. We talk about how to use maps for both hunting and scouting and making sure you are legally hunting on public lands. We also cover ordinance information so you don't run afoul of city or county law enforcement officials. We also tell you where you can get all this information.

2. THE 4 KEYS WATER, WATER, WATER is No. 1. Guzzlers, springs, and stock tanks provide important water to Southern California's gamebirds and knowing their locations is a key to hunting success in this region


Knowing the water sources is by far the single most important factor in successful quail, chukar, and dove hunting in the southern half of the state. Our seminars explain how to find springs, stock tanks, and guzzlers. We talk about how close the various species of gamebirds must stay to water and how to focus your efforts to become a more successful bird hunter. We also give you the other three keys to being a successful bird hunter in this region.

3. WHERE TO GO Last, the seminars give a broad overview of the best hunting areas in the Southern California region for quail, chukar, and doves. And then we give you the specifics!


We have no problem telling you exactly where we hunted last week because there are more good places to hunt game birds in this region than there are bird hunters left in the state. So we cover what we believe are the four best areas in the region in broad terms -- the Mojave National Preserve, the Red Mountain region, the West Mojave, and the Carrizo Plain. But then we talk about specifics within these areas -- including specific canyons and water sources in those canyon. We know your secret spot and 15 places nearby you probably don't know about.

     After no seminars in 2022, and just two in 2021, we will be scheduling seminars in the late spring and summer of 2023. Seminars will be scheduled at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga -- and perhaps other locations.
     We are compiling an "interest list" right now and looking for options for other locations. If you would like to attend in 2023 and/or have a location suggestion, please give us a call at 909-877-3444.
     Seminars will be approximately 2 1/2 hours long and cover all of the usual detailed where-to-go material for quail and chukar, but they also have segments on important hunting skills, scouting, and correct use of calls. Dove information will also be provided.
     There are three registration options for this year's seminars: 
     $100 option includes the seminar, and a two-issue trial subscription to Western Birds, our where-to-go bird hunting newsletter. You will get the first one via e-mail after registering.
     $150 option includes the seminar, a regular six-issue subscription to the seminar, one of the four compendium issues of the newsletter (West Mojave, Red Mountain, Carrizo Plain region, of Mojave Preserve) that have a list of all the guzzlers in this region. And the two most-recently published issues delivered via e-mail before the seminar. This is the regular price of a Western Birds subscription, making the seminar free.
     $225 option includes a special reprint package from Western Birds that has 280-guzzler locations from all our of the compendium issues. This package covers the in four of the best bird hunting areas in Southern California -- the Mojave Preserve, the West Mojave, the Red Mountain region, and the Carrizo Plain region. You will also receive a full six-issue subscription after the seminar, and the two most recent issues digitally when you sign-up for the seminar. Like the previous option, this is the regular price of our "new subscriber package," so the seminar is effectively free.
     If you have any questions you can call Jim Matthews at 909-887-3444 or send an e-mail to him at

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This is a sample PDF registration form for the 2021 seminars. The 2023 form will be posted soon.

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This is a fillable form and may be filled out on-line and returned via e-mail.

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