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How to Teach a Kid to Turkey Hunt

Phil Bourjaily has an article in Field & Stream magazine on how to teach a kid to turkey hunt.

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If you’re taking a young hunter out this spring, you owe him or her the greatest chance for success when it’s time to shoot. Here’s how to achieve that:

The Gun: I suspect that more kids have killed turkeys with 20-gauge youth model Remington 870s and Mossberg 500 Bantams than with any other gun. Either makes a great choice. A standard Full choke is effective on birds 20 to 25 yards away, which is as far as you want a kid to shoot in order to ensure a clean kill.

New youth fishing programs launched to get young anglers on the water

The Pittsburg Post-Gazette has an article on efforts by the PA Fish and Boat Commission to get more kids fishing.

Quoting from the article,

"The main goal is to help get kids excited about fishing," said John Arway, executive director of the state Fish and Boat Commission. "It's a different experience for them than the traditional opening day."

The youth fishing program is fundamentally different than the Game Commission's expanding Mentored Youth Hunting program, which permits unlicensed kids accompanied by licensed adults to hunt under specific circumstances.

Youth spring turkey hunt in Ellis County next month

From the Hays Post, news about a youth turkey hunt being sponsored by KDWPT and the Hays chapter of NWTF specifically for kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, in cooperation with the Hays chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, is conducting a special spring turkey hunt April 11 and 12.

This hunt is an effort to enhance opportunities for youth hunters in and around the Hays area and to bring together individuals with an interest in turkey hunting.

City kids get a taste of the great outdoors

From the Graham, TX Graham Leader, here is an article on the Texas Youth Hunting program that is giving opportunities to kids who aren't connected to the outdoors.

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Five Dallas kids, along with their parent or guardian, five trained TYHP hunters and a cook made their way to the Double RS Ranch, a home just big enough to house everyone for a weekend of hunting. Roxan said that some of the kids there were first-time hunters.

“The experienced hunters took the two newbies out,” she said.

700 people turn out for Take A Kid Ice Fishing in Eyota

From in Rochester, MN, here is an article on an ice fishing event hosted by Take a Kid Outdoors, Inc., a Rochester non-profit with a mission of providing free-outdoor activities to children from across the region.

Quoting from the article,

"Our goal was to get rid of any excuse a dad might have if a kid were to ask, 'Dad, can I go fishing?'" said President of Take a Kid Outdoors, Chad Holst.  "Really I think the only excuse they could give is that it's cold but this is take a kid ice fishing not take a kid swimming so that works out nice."

The cold and heavy snow wasn't an excuse to

CPW Field Journal ‘Hunting with My Kids’

From Colorado Outdoors, here is a nice article from a gentleman relating his experiences hunting with his kids.

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As we all stood admiring the buck, Christian could not stop talking. This buck was just what he wanted: a 4×4 that was dark and heavy. This was a beautiful buck by anyone’s standards. But for a 13-year-old boy, it was a true trophy. Later, Christian thanked Shannon for the “umpteenth” time for allowing him to shoot the buck. I could see that she was as happy for him as I was. And I could not have been more proud of both of them.

You'll want to read the

Mule Deer Foundation’s Annual Convention Is a Gathering Place for Youth Outdoor Introduction

The Mule Deer Foundation is hosting their annual convention later this week (Feb. 13-16) in Salt Lake City.  One of the unique aspects of this event is their effort to involve local children.

Quoting from an article on

On Thursday, Feb 13st the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) will bring nearly 500 middle school aged youth from 3 Utah schools to the Salt Palace Convention Center for wildlife conservation activities including indoor shooting experiences with a Crosman air rifle range hosted by MDF, Hoyt youth archery hosted by SFW and much more.

Michael Pearce: A friendship that will last a long time

Last September, I received an email from a mother whose 11-year old son wanted to learn to hunt and fish.  (You can read my original blog posting here)  He had lost his father and had no one to take him.  He had been on the waiting list for a Big Brother for 3 years, but hadn't been matched yet.  She asked if I could help find an outdoor mentor for her son.

Michael Pearce, outdoor writer for the Wichita Eagle, was one of a number of folks from across the country who replied to the email, asking if they could help.

QDMA is looking for National Youth Hunt participants

The Quality Deer Management Association is looking for youths interested in participating in their 2014 Natioinal Youth Hunt.

Quoting from their website:

The nomination period for the 2014 National Youth Hunt is now open.  The nomination form (found at the top of the page) includes instructions on how to submit the completed nomination. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2014, and QDMA will announce the young hunters selected for the National Youth Hunt at its 2014 National Convention.

For more information, please visit their website here.

Fishing becomes part of schools’ P.E.

From the Wichita Eagle, fishing will now be offered as part of the PE curriculum.  Sounds like a good way to get more kids outdoors!

Quoting from the article,

“You don’t have classes just full of athletes, you have kids who are bikers, kids who are skaters and a lot of kids with outside interests,” said Karla Stenzel, the district’s physical education curriculum coach. “Anytime we can offer something that appeals to those kinds of kids, we try to do it.”

Stenzel was one of about 80 Wichita high and middle school teachers to attend a basic fishing orientation program presented by Shane


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