2021 seminars

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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.

     Scheduling of the 2021 seminars will be completed by mid-March. They will be either in-person events like in the past or Zoom-style events, depending on Coronavirus restrictions. There were no sessions in 2020. Seminars should begin in May and continue through August or September. Please keep checking this page for updates. 
     The information below and PDF Registration forms posted on the right are from 2019, so you can see locations I use, content, and pricing -- which will not change for 2021.
     Seminars will be approximately three 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 on the seminars held before Sept. 1. 
     Here is the date-time-location information for the 2019 events:
Saturday, July 13 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises, Corona.
Sunday, July 21 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises, Corona.
Saturday, July 27 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga.
Saturday, August 3 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises, Corona.
Saturday, August 17 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises, Corona.
Saturday, August 24 - 9 a.m. to Noon at Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga.
     There are three registration options for this year's seminars: 
     $60 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 at the seminar.
     $235 option includes a special reprint package from Western Birds that has 280-guzzler locations in four of the best bird hunting areas in Southern California. 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.
     $305 option includes everything in the $235 package along with a Jim Matthews Signature Chamber Call, a basic chamber call for valley, Gambel's, and scaled quail.
     Everyone who attends any of these seminars is encouraged to bring their own quail calls (if they don't do the $305 option). We will also have a 15-minute break in each seminar. 
     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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The PDF registration forms for the 2019 seminars are below. Click in the image to download the PDF form.


     There are five Thursday evening seminars at Turner's Outdoorsman stores across Southern California for 2019. These were NOT be held in 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions. The jury is still out on if they will be held in 2021.

     These were free one-hour seminars. They are not as comprehensive as the $60 seminars listed on this page and do not include a trial subscription to Western Birds.

      Thursday, July 25, Norwalk store, 562-929-4056.

   Thursday, August 1, Lake Forest store. Phone 949-523-6370.

     Thursday, August 8, Corona store. Phone 951-736-8007.

     Thursday, August 15, West Covina store, 626-858-8948.

     Thursday, August 22, Orange store, 714-974-0600.

     All seminars run from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

     Seating is very limited for these seminars and pre-registration is recommended. Seats are reserved by calling the individual store.