Google+

Hunting Season Offers the Perfect Opportunity for Today’s Youth

Hunting Season Offers the Perfect Opportunity for Today’s Youth

 

When the opening of hunting season began this past weekend, even though some sectors posted a slight decrease in participation, the success rates were high. But one of the most talked about facts was the ‘young mentors programs’ being offered in various states that posted an increase in 12-16 year-old hunters.

 

These members were just beginning to experience the wealth of opportunities that hunting and fishing provide, while their loved ones had the chance to spend more time with their children in a truly fun way. Across the country there are a variety of youth hunting programs that have grown steadily over the past few years, and each of these programs and events have been built in order to provide a way for youngsters to nurture their early interest in hunting, by allowing them to take an active role in various trips afield with well-skilled mentors.

 

As every community knows, pulling our youth away from that dreaded Facebook page or X-Box game takes quite a bit of effort nowadays, but becoming part of nature not only offers a chance at exciting outdoor activities, but also provides that much-needed time with the family, as well as a chance for exercise and adventure. The world of hunting and fishing can do far more than just teach them the basics, such as experiencing the hands-on use of sporting arms; these programs also offer education that promotes our youth’s understanding of wildlife conservation, which has truly helped assure hunting’s future by reinforcing the principles of hunting safely, through the close supervision provided by dedicated mentors.

 

Most all mentoring programs within the states basically provide the same services, and follow the same rules and regulations. When it comes to a qualified mentor for a youth program, that person is always a properly licensed individual, twenty-one years of age or older. This guide (whether they be parent or guardian) helps the participants become engaged with various hunting activities, while always making sure that safety is a top priority. From scouting to learning firearm and hunter safety – the youth have a truly fun time while learning to have the ultimate respect for their natural environments.

 

Now, the definition of a mentored youth is “an unlicensed individual under 12 years of age who is accompanied by a mentor while engaged in hunting or related activities.” When it comes to the ‘mentoring programs,’ the youth doesn’t need to take any tests that are required for all first-time license buyers; all that’s required is that the youth be trained in firearm and hunter safety before heading afield.

 

And for those who are a bit uneasy about the age group, when based on data collected from all the states regarding their mentoring programs, there have been no decreases in safety by allowing individuals of any age to go hunting. The preparation has been well completed and each and every event proves how much both families and states want to include today’s youth in something they really wish to do.

 

When speaking about various locations and programs, there also comes into play the variety of species that can be taken by a youth. While there are a few slight differences, most identify the legal game as being the same for one and all. Example: the ODFW – Oregon’s Mentored Youth Hunting Program – allows the following: squirrel, woodchucks (groundhogs), antlered deer, fall turkey, spring gobbler and coyotes. When hunting for antlered deer, the participants follow the same antler restrictions as a junior license holder (one antler of three or more inches in length or one antler with at least two points.)

 

There are many ‘extra’ hunting events available in the U.S., and the success rates have not only been high, but the ‘junior’ numbers participating have also grown. Take New York State, for example. There, the ‘Youth Firearms Deer Hunt’ was held over the Columbus day weekend, and offered 14-15 year old junior hunters the opportunity to hunt deer with a firearm. In this particular event, both resident and non-resident junior hunting license holders could take one (1) deer with a firearm during the hunt, as well as being able to use a crossbow if they wished to.

 

There are even bigger events on the horizon, such as Tennessee’s ‘2012 Young Sportsmen Bear Hunt’ (held in various counties October 27-28, 2012 for ages 6 through 16). Each of these young sportsmen are accompanied by a mentor, and youths over the age of ten meet certain hunter education requirements. Add in all the free fishing events being held, and today’s kids end up with a great many choices when it comes to encouraging their very own ‘outdoorsmen spirit.’

 

It is always a fantastic thing for parents to be able to spend time with their children in this era of the ‘Internet Superhighway,’ and the youth mentoring programs are one great way to have that opportunity ten-fold. For more information on these programs, as well as others for juniors and young adults, head to the various state Fish & Wildlife Associations to check out all the fun that’s coming up. You will soon see that these one-on-one mentoring opportunities gives first-time hunters a chance to try hunting and enables veteran hunters to pass on their passion for the great outdoors.

 

With this type of relationship, the U.S. hunting heritage is sure to remain strong!

 

www.sportsmanslife.com

Entertainment

For movies opening June 16, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening June 16, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS 47 Meters Down (PG-13 for bloody images, intense peril and brief profanity) Harrowing tale of survival revolving around two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) vacationing in Mexico whose scuba diving adventure turns into a desperate fight for their lives when their cage drops to the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Author Expounds on Labor of Love

  Peter Brav The “331 Innings” Interview with Kam Williams Author Expounds on Labor of Love Peter Brav is not much of a baseball player but he's written three novels where the diamond provides a setting for triumph over adversity in one way or another. Sneaking In (set during the 1999 Yankees championship season), The Other Side Of Losing (set during a Chicago Cubs championship season) and now 331 Innings (set in a small Nebraska town). … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

    Carmen Ejogo The “It Comes at Night” Interview with Kam Williams Ejogo's Largo! Carmen Ejogo has established a distinguished career in both feature films and television. She is best known thus far for her leading role of civil rights activist ‘Coretta Scott King’ opposite David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay's universally acclaimed SELMA as well as being singled out for her ‘mind-blowing’ lead role as Sister in SPARKLE alongside … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Extension of Federal Gulf Red Snapper Season

  Extension of Federal Gulf Red Snapper Season  The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) supports theU.S. Department of Commerce’s announcement to expand the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper. The plan, which will provide 39 additional days of red snapper fishing in federal waters, was the result of negotiations between the Department of Commerce and the Gulf states to improve recreational access … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Experience the College World Series of Omaha: “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”

  Experience the College World Series of Omaha: “The Greatest Show on Dirt!” by Amy Lignor   Baseball lovers, the time is upon us. The College World Series of Omaha is gearing up for 2017! Opening Celebration Day will be held on Friday, June 16th. Free and open to the public, activities begin at 9:10 a.m. (CDT) with team practices followed by team autograph sessions. The CWS Fan Fest will provide family-friendly entertainment, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Your Investment Adviser Has New Rules

  Your Investment Adviser Has New Rules by Amy Lignor   So, what is a fiduciary? It’s quite simple, really. A fiduciary is any person whose recommendations for buying or selling allocations are in the client’s best interest. They are the people out there who give you that ultimate advice when it comes to contributions, distributions, IRA’s, annuities, insurance policies, and so much more. They are also the people who take … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Adventure Trips That “Erupt” with Excitement

  Adventure Trips That “Erupt” with Excitement by Amy Lignor   This is one of those articles for that ‘Indiana Jones’ breed out there who wants nothing but excitement, adventure and a bit of living-on-the-edge when it comes to where they wish to spend their summer vacation. Yes, there are those groups of travelers out there that find nothing cooler than heading to the hottest places in the world that could literally erupt at any … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Trackbacks

  1. […] good deer hunting aheadLongview Daily NewsMymonticellonews -Carroll County News (blog) -Staugnewsall 22 news […]