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Special youth waterfowl hunts at Bernardo Waterfowl Area

The Outdoor News Daily has news about special youth waterfowl hunts in New Mexico.

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The ponds, which exclude the Quagmire area, are reserved for special Youth-only Waterfowl Hunts Dec. 7, 14 and 21; Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 26-29; Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. The ponds are open to all waterfowl hunters on Christmas Day and all other Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during open seasons. Leftover Youth-only Waterfowl Hunt permits are still available for late December and January.

To qualify for these hunts, applicants must be a New Mexico resident younger than 18 years of age on

Mississippi Youth Squirrel Hunting Opportunity Available at Natchez State Park

The Outdoor Hub has an article on youth squirrel hunting opportunities in Mississippi.

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Youth hunters will have an opportunity to hunt squirrels on Natchez State Park during February 2014.  Natchez State Park, located off Highway 61 in Adams County, also provides limited deer and turkey hunts through permit drawings each year.  This is the second year that the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has allowed youth squirrel hunting on the park.  The dense hardwood forests at Natchez State Park provide excellent habitat and hunting for squirrels.

Factors Related to the Recent Increases in Hunting and Fishing Participation

Responsive Management recently released a study looking into the factors that lead to the increase in hunting and fishing participation from 2006 to 2011.  The US Sportsman's Alliance has an article on the study on their website.

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The project found that increased hunting and fishing participation are due to:

  • Economic recession
  • Higher incomes among some segments of the population
  • Hunting for meat and the locavore movement
  • Agency recruitment and retention programs
  • Agency access programs
  • Agency marketing and changes in licenses
  • Current hunters and anglers participating more

MS Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp Announced

The Outdoor Wire has an article on a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Ducks Unlimited to host a youth waterfowl camp.

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and many volunteers to host the MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp's mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting. The camp is much more than a youth waterfowl hunting trip.

The camp will be

Today's Take: Kids' experience make it hunting for the right reasons

Peter Frank, a columnist for the Green Bay Gazzette has nice column on his experiences taking his kids hunting.

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As my hunting partners have changed over the years, so has my attitude about deer hunting.

As a father of four, I appreciate the quiet solitude of the deer stand. I also appreciate being with my kids in the environment of deer camp, where they spend time with their uncles and grandparents.

I enjoy watching their reaction when they see a deer or as they listen to talk about hunting strategies and past hits and misses.

Cassimus, Mentors Make Youth Deer Hunt Special

The Florence, AL Courier-Journal has an article on the Mentoring Sportsmen of Alabama program and it's efforts to get more kids outdoors.

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“There seems to be a reduction of kids getting outdoors because of video games and those sorts of things,” Banks said. “There are probably three out of every 10 we find that will be dedicated enough to come out and then continue to hunt after we get them exposed to it. I’m a hunter, fisherman and semi-professional wildlife photographer. I do those things because I was exposed to them when I was a youth.

UK hosts European conference to get more young people out fishing

Folks in Europe are discussing efforts to get more youths involved in the outdoors.

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Representatives from 6 European countries gathered in London over the past two days to discuss how to increase the numbers of young people going fishing, at a conference hosted by the Angling Trust on behalf of the European Anglers’ Alliance.

Angling has been shown to be highly beneficial for the development of young people and provides opportunities for them to learn a wide range of skills.

Getting kids involved in outdoors takes a village

Dennis Anderson has an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on what he thinks it takes to get kids outdoors.

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First lesson: Outdoor activities aren’t variations on soccer practice, where Mom or Dad drops off little Barbie or Ken and heads to the mall or grocery store. Parents instead have to go fishing (as one example) with the child, not send her or him alone or with someone else.

Dennis goes on to talk about all of the different folks who he has hunted and fished with who shared their knowledge and love of the outdoors with his boys.  

You can read the full

Newell resort hosts free youth pheasant hunt

The Butte County Post has an article showing how folks in that area are stepping up to give kids the opportunity to experience their first pheasant hunt.

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Butte County may not be best known for bird hunting, but there are spots and resorts that offer opportunities for shotgunning - and Sunday Nov. 3, was a perfect fall day for the perfect day to hunt pheasants.

Nine young hunters under age 18 enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the 16th annual Horse Creek Resort free youth pheasant hunt.

This yearly event takes place on a farm located just west of Newell on land

Colorado Agency Reaching Out to Young Archers

Colorado Parks & Wildlife has a press release on their website, touting their efforts to get more kids involved in archery.

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Archery, once considered by most teenagers as an antiquated activity reserved for silly looking men in green tights and feather caps, has become a hip, pop-culture sensation thanks to the success of "The Hunger Games" book series and last year's blockbuster film. The film's bow-wielding heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has inspired legions of young Katniss-wanabees who are purchasing bows and are flocking to archery ranges in record numbers.



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