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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife seeks to grow ranks of hunters, anglers

From the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is implementing a number of programs to get more folks hunting and fishing.

Quoting from the article,

The department has added about 150,000 acres of public land in the last eight years to improve access to hunting and fishing opportunities. It also provides conservation camps that reach about 5,500 children a year and sends 19 conservation educators to public schools.

One effort, its Fishing in Neighborhoods program — or FINs — was launched in 2006 to improve fishing in cities.

Choose the Right Shotgun For Your Youth

Ace Luciano has a blog entry on his Ace Luciano Outdoors site addressing how to select a youth shotgun.

Quoting from the article:

1. Be careful with their first exposure to firearms. I started all of my kids with an air rifle, and then a 22. They were already very familiar with how a gun works before they ever touched a shotgun.

2. Shop, travel, sign them up for youth events, and attend dealer shows that will allow them to try numerous different firearms.

Game and Parks Accepting Donated Hunting Gear

The Hebron Journal-Register has news about Nebraska Game & Parks rounding up used gear to be used for mentor hunts.  Sounds like a pretty good idea!

Here is the article:

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting donations of new or used hunting clothing and gear to be used in the mentored youth hunting program.

Each year hundreds of youth, many of them first-time hunters, take part in the mentored hunts across Nebraska. However, many of them don't have access to the appropriate clothing and gear.

Tips Outdoor Foundation Teaching Love of the Outdoors to Kids and their Parents

Mark Tipler with Tips Outdoor Foundation has partnered with the National Professional Anglers Association to help get more kids involved in the outdoors.

Outdoorsfirst.com has an article on the new partnership.  Quoting from the article,

"Introducing the enjoyment of the great outdoors to kids and families is what we're all about," Mark Tipler said of Tips Outdoor Foundation.  His organization recently joined the ranks of National Professional Anglers Association Non Profit Partners.

The relationship with NPAA will spread the word about the Foundation's outdoor mentorship program.

Waters Announced for 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days

Pennsylvania is expanding their Mentored Youth Fishing Day program by adding new waters that will be open to the program.

Quoting from the article in the Outdoor Daily News,

“Think of this as a holiday gift for kids,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “The pilot program last year was such a huge hit with anglers and their friends and family that we decided to expand the program statewide in 2014. Adult anglers from across the state now will have a special day to fish with the children in their lives in advance of the traditional opening day of trout season.”

The Mentored Youth Fishing

Outreach Program Brings Exciting Opportunities to New Hunters

From the Colorado Outdoors magazine, Colorado Parks & Wildlife is partnering with Pheasants Forever to help introduce kids to hunting.

Quoting from the article,

A second straight year of drought took its toll on pheasant habitat and populations in 2014. But for 144 newly graduated hunter education students who participated in a new Colorado Parks and Wildlife course, 2014 was a fun and exciting introduction to the sport.

The Novice Hunter Program was developed by CPW’s Northeast Region in response to a challenge by a former wildlife commissioner to do more to recruit youth into hunting.

America’s State Parks to Host First Day Hikes

From the Meanderthals blog, state parks across the country are hosting First Day Hikes on January 1st.

Quoting from the blog,

“Last year, First Day Hikes hosted 22,000 people, who covered nearly 44,000 miles in 700 state parks all across the country,” said Priscilla Geigis, president of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “These family-friendly outings provide a great chance to get outside and experience the beauty of our parks, stay fit and build lasting traditions with loved ones.”

Take a kid hiking  on January 1...it's a great way to start the New Year!

Learn how to hunt with ODFW Outdoors

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering several small game and pheasant hunting workshops in January and February in Monmouth and Maupin.

Quoting from the article,

These workshops are perfect for beginners because ODFW provides all the gear needed including shotguns, shells, eye protection, and hunter orange clothing. Each class begins with a basic hunter safety lesson and practice on the shotgun range. Then participants head into the field for a real hunt, guided by hunting dogs and their handlers.

Red Plaid Jacket

I had a call from a young man in Dalton, GA who had recently found out about Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors.  Turns out, he is working hard at giving disadvantaged youths in his community a chance to experience the great outdoors.

He wrote an article about his Grandpa's red plaid jacket.  I hope you click on the link to read it all.

Here is a brief excerpt:

As I mature, I begin to realize those trips were never really about hunting.  My granddad had elk, mule deer, largemouth bass, and antelope covering the walls in the now finished cabin.  He knew how to hunt and fish.

Federal Premium® Sponsors Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors Expansion

Federal Premium® Ammunition has stepped up with a three-year commitment to help expand and grow the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program, giving more children the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

Wichita, KS, December 16, 2013.  Federal Premium® Ammunition and Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors are proud to announce a new three-year sponsorship commitment to help expand and grow the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program that gives children the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

“Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is currently working in several states to implement Outdoor

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