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SEMINARS


Dates and times for 2024 seminars are listed below
 
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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 resources, 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 the special dove issue of the Western Birds newsletter. 
1. RESOURCES MAPS AND MORE MAPS
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.

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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.

2024 SEMINARS WILL HAVE SESSIONS JUNE- AUGUST   
     The 2024 seminars are now scheduled. The following is a list of dates and times. Weekend seminars will at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises in Eastvale, while weekday sessions will be at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga.
     Seminars will be two hours in length. While we give out a study guide, everyone is encouraged to bring a notebook.
     The seminars will cost $60 per person. But if you decide to subscribe to our Western Birds newsletter you will only pay the newsletter price -- making the seminar free.
     The "new subscriber" price for a subscription is $225. It includes the next six issues as they are published, along with your choice of four back issues.  Depending on which issues you choose, you can get 250 or more guzzler locations in the best hunting regions of Southern California.
     Dates/Times/Locations are as follows:
 o  10 a.m.-Noon, Sunday, June 2 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
o  6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 13 at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga
o  10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, June 22 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
o  6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga
o  10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, July 13 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
o  6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga
o  10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, July 27 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
o  10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Aug. 3 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
o  10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Aug. 17 at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
     An information packet and registration form is available on this page.
     If you have any questions you can call Jim Matthews at 909-887-3444 or send an e-mail to him at odwriter@verizon.net.

The FREE Seminars

     The Turner's Outdoorsman FREE seminars have been added to this schedule. These are mini versions of our $60 seminars, with most lasting 45 minutes to an hour and held weekday evenings in July and August at stores from San Diego to Los Angeles counties.
     Seating is limited at these events, so reserving a set is recommended by calling the store location in advance.
     Here is a list of dates, start times, store location,and phone numbers for these events:
o  5:30 p.m, Wednesday, July 24 at San Marcos Turner's, 760-741-1570.
o  5:30 p.m, Thursday, July 25 at El Cajon Turner's, 619-444-3700.
o  5:30 p.m, Wednesday, August 7 at Lake Forest Turner's, 949-523-6370.
o  5:30 p.m, Thursday, August 8 at Orange Turner's, 714-974-0600.
o  5:30 p.m, Tuesday, August 13 at Norwalk Turner's, 562-929-4065.
o  5:30 p.m, Wednesday, August 14 at Fountain Valley Turner's, 714-965-5151.
     If you have any questions about these seminars, contact the individual Turner's Outdoorsman store.
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED June 5, 2024

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Click on the image below to get a registration form for the nine 2024 seminars

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

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Everyone who attends one of seminars in 2024 will be entered into a drawing for one of three Pointer shotguns to be given away thanks to the seminar series sponsor, Legacy Sports. For more information on the Pointer and other Legacy products, clink here on on the photo.
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