The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a drawing for an apprentice deer hunt for junior license holders on the Chimineas Ranch. Three junior hunters will be chosen by lottery for a two-day buck hunt, sponsored by the Avenales Sportsmen’s Club and the Chimineas Ranch Foundation, will be held on Sept. 15 and 16 on the 30,000-acre reserve in San Luis Obispo County. Mandatory hunter orientation will take place in the evening on Friday, Sept. 14. Overnight lodging will be available at the main ranch house on the ecological reserve on both Friday and Saturday nights. Participants will receive classroom, range and field training in gun handling techniques and safety, deer hunting and game care. Junior hunter applicants may apply online using their GO ID number through the Automated License Data System (ALDS) at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales. Please note that this hunt option can only be viewed using a junior hunter’s GO ID. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 20.