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Youth rabbit hunt a new tradition

In Michigan, a youth rabbit hunt attracted 45 young hunters for a morning of stomping brush piles, following beagles and tromping through the snow.

From the Cedar Springs Post, here is a quote from the article,

“I am impressed with how much the main sponsors – the Belding Sportsmen’s Club, MMUSA and the Mecosta Quality Deer Management Association guys—really seem to like it. They’re all standing in line to help, smiling the whole time. They’re not a bunch of young people, but when they get a chance to hang out with these young kids, I think it really warms their hearts.”

While the kids have

Young people need to be encouraged to enjoy the great experience of the outdoors

Dick Herfindahl has a column in the Alberta Lea Tribune, discussing new report compiled by a panel of hunting and fishing interests convened by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance.

Quoting from the column,

“Minnesota is in the enviable position of having hunting and angling participation rates double the national average,” said Tom Landwehr, the DNR commissioner. “Yet challenges are ahead. That’s because young Minnesotans aren’t hunting and fishing at the levels of previous generations.

Children First: hunting provides valuable lessons to youth

From KOTA new in Rapid City, SD, kids are learning about hunting at workshops at Cabela's.

Quoting from the article,

But Tim Bohlender said it's about more than the physical side of the sport. "It's mostly about spending time together and teaching values."

What kind of values?  According to Tim Bohlender; manners and responsibility.

"I have to be very very careful," said Luke Bohlender.

"I think it's been lost in people with personal responsibility," said Tim Bohlender. "A lot of it starts with things like this.

Fishing program offers challenges for young anglers

In Wyoming, the WY Fish & Game Department has implemented a fishing program aimed at getting more kids outdoors.

Quoting from an article in the Laramie Boomerang,

The Wyoming Youth Fishing Challenge consists of ten categories, each with different requirements. To complete in the Trout Trio, for example, an angler must catch three of the species of trout found in Wyoming — which include brook, brown, rainbow, cutthroat, kokanee, tiger, splake, lake and golden.

You can read more about this program here.

Izaak Walton League to Host Youth in the Outdoors Webinars in March

The Izaak Walton League will be hosting a series of webinars on how to develop a youth outdoors program.  The series of webinars, which will  begin March 12th, cover the following:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time The Importance of Connecting Youth with the Outdoors: Together we can reach the "lost generation"

 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time Engaging Youth in the Outdoors: Practical "how to" advice for your youth program, from activity ideas to the nuts and bolts of program management

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time Youth Programs That

Youth fishing program beginning 10th year

From the Pittsburg Tribune, the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited is in the 10th year of its youth conservation and fly fishing school.  They have hosted 140 kids, 2/3 of them being new to fly fishing.

Quoting from the article,

“In addition to the basic knowledge of learning the ‘how to's,' it gives them the confidence that they can catch trout on a fly, particularly one they have tied themselves,” chapter spokesman Drew Banas of Ligonier said of the program. “Another important benefit is the bonding that occurs between parents and kids.

Nontraditional recruitment methods grow in new pathways to hunting

Paul Smith has a good article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, discussing some non-traditional ways that hunters are being recruited.  The main take-away from the article is best expressed in the following quote:

"We know there is no silver bullet," said Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and founder of the Becoming An Outdoors-Woman program, at a presentation to the Sporting Heritage Council last year. "And we also know you can never stop working at it."

You can read the full article here.

DNR, NWTF mentored youth turkey applications due Feb. 18

In Minnesota, the DNR is teaming with NWTF to offer mentored youth turkey hunts.  This is one of many outreach efforts the DNR supports to get more youth outdoors, hunting and fishing.  

Quoting from the article,

“Novice turkey hunters and their guardian will learn life-long outdoor skills and how to be a responsible hunter,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “These NWTF volunteers want to share their many years of chasing toms and help new hunters connect to the outdoors. All they ask for in return is a smile or a high five.”

This is the 12th consecutive year the DNR and

Splendora High students participate in youth hunt

Texas Parks & Wildlife has a Youth Hunting Program that gives kids the opportunity to experience the thrill of a hunt.  The Montgomery County Observer has a short article about one of the hunts.

Quoting from the article, 

Over the weekend, Splendora High School students, in conjunction with the Wildlife class, were invited to attend a youth hunt through Texas Youth Hunting Program and the Texas Parks and Wildlife, at the legendary and historical YO Ranch in Kerrville, Texas.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Wisconsin creates new grant to grow hunting population

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, great news for organizations working to get kids outdoors!

Quoting from the article,

State officials on Thursday announced a $200,000 biennial grant program to increase hunter recruitment and retention in Wisconsin.

The Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training and Education Grant Program will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources. The program will utilize federal excise tax revenue from the sale of guns, ammunition and hunting equipment.

Eligible parties include conservation organizations, clubs, tribes, towns, villages and colleges.

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