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This year the California Deer Association (CDA) has increased to 25 the number of free junior deer hunts it will give away in an October drawing, making this the largest privately sponsored junior deer hunting opportunity in the state. Plus, these are no ordinary deer hunts. The lucky juniors who are drawn will have one-on-one guided antlerless deer hunts on the famous 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch in Southern California. First-class lodging on the ranch is included and each junior hunter will receive Federal Premium ammunition loaded with non-lead Barnes copper bullets from Federal Cartridge Company, a pair of high-quality binoculars from Alpen Optics, plus hunting and shooting equipment from Hunter’s Specialties and Birchwood Casey.

This is the fifth year in which CDA and the Tejon Ranch have held these “Sharing the Tradition” hunts. To date, 65 junior hunters have participated in these hunts and 64 have taken home a deer to share with their family. For over 90% of these juniors, this was their first deer.

In addition, while hunting deer these juniors and their accompanying adult will have an opportunity to see elk, wild hogs, bears, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, quail, squirrels, hawks and condors as well as learn about the largest private ranch in California.

The deadline to apply for this year’s drawing is October 15, 2008. Hunts will take place during the second half of December. Entry forms can be found on the CDA website at www.caldeer.org or requested by e-mailing the hunt coordinator, Jerry Springer at Jerry@WesternHunter.com.

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About CDA: The California Deer Association was founded in 1996 with its principal goal to improve California deer herds and other wildlife through direct financial support for habitat improvement and research projects. Since 1996, CDA has raised more than $2,000,000 to fund over 250 projects in California. CDA currently has 19 chapters with over 5,000 members. For more information on the California Deer Association, telephone toll free (888) 499-DEER or check our website at www.CalDeer.org.