Deadline for drawing is October 14

Twenty-five lucky junior hunters will be selected in a free, random drawing for a guided antlerless deer hunt at the famous Tejon Ranch for the 2011 season.

This year the California Deer Association (CDA) will hold its 8th Annual "Sharing the Tradition" junior deer hunt drawing. According to CDA Vice President, Jerry Springer, "These hunts are the most successful junior deer hunts in California, with a 98% success rate over the last seven years."

The 25 junior hunters will be drawn at random for free one-on-one guided antlerless deer hunts on the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch, located in Southern California.

This is the largest privately sponsored junior deer hunting opportunity in the state. Plus, these are no ordinary deer hunts, thanks to generous sponsors Tejon Ranch, Barnes Bullets LLC, Alpen Optics, Hunter's Specialties and Birchwood Casey.

First-class lodging on the ranch is included and each junior hunter will receive ammunition from Barnes Bullets, a pair of high-quality binoculars from Alpen Optics, plus hunting and shooting equipment from Hunter's Specialties and Birchwood Casey.

To date, 140 junior hunters have participated in these hunts and 137 have taken home a deer to share with their family. For over 95% of these juniors, this was their first deer.

The deadline to apply for this year's drawing is October 14.

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 Jerry Springer at Jerry@WesternHunter.com.