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Kellen Murphy  
I am an OHA life member and wanted to share this picture of my 10 year old son; Kellen, with a 15" antelope he shot at 180 yards on the mentored youth program. He practiced all summer with his Kimber 7mm-08 and Nosler 140 grain accubond bullets. He passed up a couple other bucks because of the good number of animals we were seeing on his Ochoco tag. On the second day, after the 5th failed stalk on a larger buck this buck came over the ridge to claim the 9 single does that we were watching. We had not seen this buck, but knew right away he was a shooter. I have to say that 2 of my kids have killed nice antelope on my tags and we really commend the ODF&W for implementing the Mentored youth program. It really kick started my son and daughter's hunting interests.  They will forever be hunters because of this special and fun opportunity that the State of Oregon allowed us to participate in.  


Brandon Carr  
Colby Atnip, age 10, with a buck taken in the Willamette Unit in 2013 through the Mentor Youth Hunter program.  


Brandon Carr  
Fabian Carr and son Brandon, 11,  with a spike taken in the Melrose unit. Fabian is currently in a job rotation as the Umpqua Fish District STEP Biologist.  


Grandpa & Grandson  
Grandpa & Grandson
Photo provided by Brad Olds


Beau Moody  
Beau Moody, age 11, of Estacada took this black bear in April 2010 in Coos County through the Mentor Youth Hunter program. Story (pdf)  
Maddy Donovan Maddy Donovan
Hunter Pariani. Age 10 with his first Long beard Turkey 04-10-2010. Shot with 12 gauge at 21 yards.
The hunt was mentored by Uncle Fred Pariani.
The Bird had a 10 inch beard and weighed 19.4 lbs.
-Photo provided by Fred Pariani.-



Maddy Donovan
Maddy Donovan, 11 years old, got her first deer with a Thompson Center .50 Cal Muzzleloader using a round ball she helped cast herself.  1 shot took this buck in the Mckenzie Unit on 11/19/2009.  She was Mentored by her Great Grandpa Bernard L. Straight. 
-Photo provided by John B. Straight.-
Dylan Potter
Allison Swearingen
Dylan Potter with a buck he took during a mentored youth hunt during fall 2009.
Allison Swearingen (age 9) and her Mule deer kill.



Spencer Nash
Shot by spencer nash on his 10th birthday on nov.7. He was mentor by tim nash his father.
erin clifford
Ross Kohl poses with his antelope after a successful Whitehorse Unit hunt with his dad, Keith, ODFW District Wildlife Biologist

Sarah's First Deer, taken in the Swamp Creek/ Crow Creek rifle doe hunt in Wallowa County
-Photo by Chad Aschenbrenner-



erin clifford
"Thanks to the new mentor program started by ODFW, my 11- year-old daughter, Erin Clifford, was able to harvest
a nice doe antelope on her grandpa jerry’s tag. She made a wonderful shot at 180 yards with a 22/250."
Geoff's First Year Geoff's First Year
Geoff Gerdes with his first deer, a Lytle Creek doe
Hunter Paustian Hunter Paustian
Hunter Paustian hunting with the Mentored Youth Program Hunter Paustian and his deer
Hunter Paustian Hunter Paustian
Hunter Paustian and his deer Ross Kohl and his deer.
Ross was hunting in the West Biggs Unit with his father Keith Kohl.
Dylan Potter
Hunter Paustian
Dylen Potter and the buck he took in the Malheur Unit. Mentored Youth Hunter Program participant, Lane Budeau, 12, from Sheridan, OR, while hunting with his father, Bruce, took a nice 4-point black-tailed buck in the Trask unit.

These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).


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