The hunt is on in Lassen County
Joe, left, and Justin Giusti, of Standish, show off the pheasant they got during a junior pheasant hunt in Lassen County. Photo submitted
Oct. 8 — Load your shotguns and charge your camera batteries. Hunting season is upon on us and, with the abundant hunting opportunities at the fingertips of the Lassen County residents, the Lassen County Times wants to see your photos.
Many premium deer zones are already open in Lassen County. Duck season is open and quail, chukar and pheasant will be opening in the coming weeks.
Lassen County is known as a hot spot for birds like chukar, pheasant, quail, ducks and geese because the high desert provides the perfect habitat for them. Hunters can also find some of the biggest and best mule deer and pronghorn right here in Lassen County.
Local hunters have the option of heading out on their own or utilizing the skills and expertise of a local guide service for their hunting excursions. Jim Brown and Howard Hanlon operate Hunting Buddies Hunting Co., a hunting club in Litchfield that provides hunting experiences and services to pheasant and chukar hunters, which will open about Nov. 1. This year the duo is planning to partner with a local duck club to put on at least one youth duck hunt on the Hunting Buddies’ 191 acres of land.
“I’m always excited about (hunting season). We have such a good time out at our club. We love to have people come out … we have a lot of fun,” Brown said.
The club is open to parties large or small and can take two groups out at once. To arrange a hunting excursion with Hunting Buddies, call Brown at 251-7623. He recommends people call three to four days prior to when they want to go hunting.
Local hunters can also head out on their own to enjoy some good hunting. Lassen County is home to several premium hunting zones, which are easily accessible to Lassen County residents who have been drawn for deer tags in those zones.
After a successful hunt, grab your camera and email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to have your photo in the Lassen County Times’ sports and recreation section.
For more information on hunting zones and regulations in Lassen County, visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Hunting.
Herlong Vikings edged by Greenville Tigers in fiercely competitive game
Tonka Phoenix carries the ball into the end zone and scores a touchdown for the Herlong Vikings. Despite losing their home game against Greenville, 40-36, on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Vikings were on top of their game. Photo by Maddie Musante
Oct. 4 — The Herlong Vikings showed their competitive edge during their home game against Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 28. Despite losing the game, 40-36, the Vikings made the Tigers work hard for their win. According to Herlong High School head football coach Grover White, it was one of the best games the Herlong football team has played in years.
Herlong quarterback Ron Evans went 13-26 passing for 338 yards, while also racking up 141 rushing yards on 13 carries. Cody Jacobs went 32 yards on three carries. Tonka Phoenix caught seven passes and got 138 yards. Anthony Demague went 145 yards on four received passes and also led Herlong’s defense with 16 tackles. Jacobs was right behind him with 12 tackles and Matt Idzinski got 10. Tommy Cannon got two sacks, giving Greenville 19 lost yards. Evans had one sack for nine yards lost. Pheonix and Jacobs each got an interception for the Vikings.
“I felt real good about it because Greenville, they were a real hard hitting team and I think they were a bit surprised about how we came out … my kids stepped up to the plate,” White said.
According the White, there were no new strategies or secret weapons in the playbook responsible the Vikings’ impressive performance. The players just made up their minds to come together and play their best game.
“The kids, they just did everything together. Everything that we’ve been trying to do up to this point is to get them to play together as a team, and Saturday they accomplished that,” he said.
The Herlong football team went on to face Loyalton High School for its homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5
Ready, set, go!
The famous Bizz Johnson Marathon will once again bring hundreds of runners to Lassen County Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. The popular marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and draws runners from all over the world. Participants will race in an express half marathon, half marathon, 10K, marathon and 50K throughout the weekend. For more information, visit coastaltrailruns.com/bizz_johnson.html or see the article on page 40 of the Lassen County Visitors Guide. File photo
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