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Old 01-10-2021, 9:33 AM
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Default 2020 Chimineas Ranch Jr. Cow Elk Hunt

This annual Jr. (Apprentice) Tule Elk hunt was established in 2009 and is funded with a generous state grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Chimineas Ranch Foundation (CRF) and the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ( RMEF).

Volunteers from the San Fernando Valley chapter provide the guiding, spotting and field grunt work. One lucky junior hunter gets selected for this hunt by random drawing in the CDFW “La Panza” district Tule elk tag draw which normally has about 200+ applicants each year. Other Tule elk tags (11) are also available for the Lan Panza area. Six elk are taken of the Chimineas Ranch each year. There is no non-resident draw.

This year it was a fairy tale hunt with everything coming together like clockwork.

Junior hunter Wyatt Villa and his father Frank were guided by volunteer Jake Sheffield to an early one-shot harvest of a nice cow on opening day, Saturday, October 10th.
The few RMEF volunteers permitted by the Covid-19 induced social distancing requirements easily helped with the recovery by ATV right near a jeep trail.

The cow elk harvested had an ear tag. Subsequent research indicated that this 2 year old cow, ear tag #1191, was captured & transported from San Luis NWR on 2/01/2019 and released on the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve. The relocation was part of a herd reduction program at the Refuge and a genetic diversity boost for the Chimineas.

As is normal CDFW policy for apprentice hunts on the Chimineas Ranch, once the primary hunt is done and all the recovery and processing complete, if there is time available then the junior hunter is also allowed to hunt wild pig. Young Wyatt wasted no time in scoring on that target as well. Congratulations to the Wyatt family!

Food service for the weekend was a challenge with rooms in the ranch house restricted to one person or family group. No indoor meal service either. Pop-ups and an inventive chef, SFV chapter Chair John Dodson, made it all work. The nice weather, successful hunt and good times had by all made the weekend just about perfect.

Edit: 1/13/2021 - Added the following links.

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Old 01-10-2021, 9:47 AM
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Memories to last a lifetime ! Love seeing the community get kids involved
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Pig too?! Awesome.
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Old 01-11-2021, 5:57 AM
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Thanks for posting this BOBGBA. That is awesome!

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Fantastic!! Hats off to you guys getting young folks involved!!!!!!

Congrats to the young man too!
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That’s awesome! Kudos to the youth and to you guys for putting this on -
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Links added to the original post for anyone that wants to learn more about the Chimineas Ranch Foundation or RMEF.
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