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Inaugural Ellis County Youth Turkey Hunt Brings Home Birds

The KDWPT website has a nice article on a youth turkey hunt, hosted by KDWPT and the local NWTF chapter for kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Ellis Co.

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“All the kids learned that while you don’t harvest a bird every time out, it can still be a wonderful experience,” said Vickie Cikanek, KDWPT biological technician and one of several hunt coordinators. “It is our hope that, with the knowledge given to them, these youth will continue to enjoy turkey hunting on their own, as well as the many other experiences our Kansas outdoors has to offer.”

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Shooting Sports Enthusiasm: PASS IT ON.

The Friends of NRA has been a strong supporter of Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors.  The Q1 '14 edition of their Traditions magazine featured an article on how we were putting their generous support to work, getting more kids outdoors hunting/shooting.

Here is a link to the article:

Many thanks to Friends of NRA!!

Youth bag turkey in spring hunt

From the St. Joseph, MO News-Press, the Brown Co Quail Forever Chapter and the Thundering Toms National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter partnered to host a youth turkey hunt for the fifth year in a row.

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Bill Vonderschmidt, president of the local Quail Forever chapter, said the purpose of the event is to introduce outdoor recreation to the youth regardless of how many birds are bagged.

“We saw a lot of turkeys but they aren’t always where you want them to be,” Vonderschmidt said. “But I guess that’s why they call it hunting.”

Vonderschmidt said the partnership

Mentoring, the key to the future of hunting and fishing

From Watertown, SD, comes a column by Gary Howey on the need for mentors to help get more kids outdoors.

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Taking a young person on their first hunting or fishing trip is something that’s not only good for the kids; it is good for the mentor too.

Unlike when many of us grew up, where we spent every spare minute in the outdoors, these days, more hours are spent in front of the TV and computers playing games and on different social media sights than outdoors.

We, you and I are the future of hunting and fishing and if we don’t get off our duffs and introduce youngsters to

Nebraska Family Fishing Events Set for 2014

From the Outdoor Wire, Nebraska Game and Parks has announced the slate for Family Fishing Events.

LINCOLN - Another spring and summer of family fishing fun is scheduled with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Family Fishing Events.

Family Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free. Look for the Family Fishing Trailer at each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required.

All events are from 6-8

Nebraska Youths participate in mentored hunt

From the Sioux City, 8 Nebraska youths participated in a spring turkey hunt hosted by Nebraska Game & Parks.

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Eight Northeast Nebraska youths took part in a special mentored-youth turkey hunt last weekend at Ponca State Park.

The event was sponsored by the Nebraska Game & Parks under the direction of Tom Zimmer of the Norfolk office. The National Wild Turkey Federation Triple Creek Longbeards chapter helped with the hunt and on Friday night sponsored the kids, mentors and landowners to a banquet.

You can read the full article here.

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From, here are some tips on shed hunting with kids.

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Shed hunting can be challenging and fun, but more importantly, it’s a special way to spend time with your kids. The quest for shed antlers offers parents a chance to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation and is an occasion to make memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Check out all of the tips here.

Mason Valley Hunt Club hosts second pheasant hunt

From in northern Nevada, sportsmen hosted a youth pheasant hunt for 100 kids!

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" Reviglio said for some of the kids who participate, it’s their first time hunting and they want to help introduce the sport of hunting to the youngsters, and they plan to continue it every year.

“It’s a good way for children to get out and experience the outdoors,” he said.

Among those hunting were two foreign exchange students from Reno, Reviglio said, who were loaned shotguns for their first hunting experience.

You can read the full article here.

Youth Hunts are investment in the future

The Lebanon, TN Democrat has an article on the importance of getting kids outdoors.

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"Over the years our society has changed," notes the TWRA's Carter. "It's not as easy for youngsters these days to participate in outdoors activities as it used to be. We're more urbanized, and there are so many things competing for youngsters' interest and attention.

"We need to do all we can to foster and nurture an interest in the outdoors, and special youth programs is a good way to do it. Today's young outdoorsmen represent tomorrow's future."

You can read the full article here.


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