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Attack of the Decoy Killer!

Our first turkey hunt with Bell Wildlife Specialties, way back in '03, was filmed by the folks at Diamond Adventures. We had two young hunters and their mentors in hay bale blinds.  There was a slight rise in the field and from their vantage point, the young hunters couldn't see the show the birds were putting on across the field. The camera man was on a berm behind the blinds and got some great footage of the birds as they came off their roost. They were struttin' and fightin'...the things turkeys do on a spring morning!

As the morning wore on, one tom saw the jake and hen decoy setup and

Outfitter Extraordinaire!

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors has been very fortunate that over the last 12+ years a number of outfitters have stepped up to offer outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities for the youth in our program. We’ve had a great goose hunt thanks to Flatland Waterfowl.  We’ve had a young hunter go elk hunting in New Mexico (it was filmed for a STEP Outside show on the Outdoor Channel). We’ve hunted deer on the Z Bar Ranch in southcentral Kansas (one of those was also filmed for a STEP Outside show).  Ringneck Ranch, Prairie Wind Hunt Club, Beavers Game Farm and many other outfitters have hosted

Ol' Grizz

One of the great places we have been able to take kids hunting is the Z Bar Ranch, owned by Turner Enterprises.  It’s over 42,000 acres in the Red Hills area of southcentral Kansas and truly a beautiful place to visit with stunning vistas and buttes, buffalo, deer, antelope, turkey, pheasants, and quail.  Prairie dog towns dot the plains.  Just a wonderful place to go hunting and fishing.

After doing a presentation to the local Chisholm Trail Chapter of Safari Club International, I had a gentleman volunteer to help with the youth deer hunt.

The Hamburger Helper Story

I received an email from a gentleman who lives near Kansas City saying that he had heard me talking about the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. program on a radio program while he was driving through Chattanooga, TN.  It seems he had been driving all night and had listened to Scott Linden’s outdoor show on one of the satellite radio stations. Bruce’s email outlined his vast experience in the outdoors and stated,

“I do believe God has now called me back to help minister to kids thru my vast experience of the outdoors.”

Now it’s not every day that you get an email from someone who feels like

Notes from others...

This last weekend, I saw a couple of stories on the web from other folks touting mentoring as one of the ways to engage more kids in the outdoors.

Laurie Lee Dovey, in an article on a Bass Pro Shops site, was reflecting on the recent loss of outdoor industry journalist and conservationist, Tom Fegely.  Laurie wrote, 

I fretted too. Fretted over the thought of hunting, fishing, the shooting sports and wildlife conservation losing yet one more of its tremendous story tellers, promoters, torch bearers, educators and mentors.

"Who will take Tom's place?" I asked out loud.

The next day, readying

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