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Why Outdoor Mentoring is the Key!

Folks in the outdoor industry have been putting a lot of time and effort into the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters (R3 for short). With the hunting population making up an ever smaller percentage of the national population (somewhere under 10% now), it is important for state fish and wildlife agencies (who depend greatly on license sales to be able fulfill their mission) and companies who cater to the hunting and fishing crowd to find out what it takes to make a new hunter.



The Wildlife Management Institute has been looking into this question and, with the help of

Ethan's First Turkey!

Young Ethan was one of the 9 young hunters that traveled to Bell Wildlife Specialties for the 2015 Youth Turkey Hunt that Dan Bell and Bell Wildlife Specialties has hosted for Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. for the last 13 years. I got matched to Ethan through Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters last December, the third youngster I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring.

Ethan had taken his hunter safety class last August and had participated in one of Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors’ First Hunt events last October.

A helping hen...

Michael Pearce has another installment in his ongoing "Adventures with Jake" series of articles about his experiences mentoring young Jake in the outdoors.

Here is a link to his story about their turkey hunt the first weekend of the youth turkey season here in Kansas:

Young Jake is very fortunate to have someone like Michael step up and mentor him in the outdoors, taking him hunting and fishing. There are many youngsters just like Jake all across the country who need a mentor. That could be you.

Call Pass It On -

Project Childsafe

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released a video promoting safe gun handling for children as part of their Project Childsafe.

You can view the video below:

“How to Talk to Your Kids About Gun Safety,” starring Army veteran, champion shooter and mom Julie Golob.  

Please share this with folks you know. 


Outdoor Mentoring Articles by Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce, outdoor writer for the Wichita Eagle, has written a number of articles about our Outdoor Mentoring efforts in the Wichita Eagle.  In the fall of 2013, he took things a step beyond just writing and started working with a young man, taking him hunting, shooting, fishing...and lots of other outdoor adventures.

Here is a quick listing of his article, with links to the Wichita Eagle so that you can read them.

July 2010.  Derby sculptor again donates work for Pass It On.  John Parson has been a long-time supporter of Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors.


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