Fueling a Lifetime of Enjoyment and Respect for Hunting: 2014 Recruitment and Retention Youth Hunt
by Flying B Ranch
It is always a pleasure to have groups bring youth out for special hunts when the opportunity presents itself. In February, we were proud to host a Recruitment and
Retention Youth Hunt for Hunter Education graduates, their parents and youth on Idaho Youth Hunting Passports - those who have yet to complete Hunter Education. Two conservation officers organized and instructed the hunt and reported spending an “awesome” day at the Flying B.
“It was an interesting experiment to work with students whom have little or no experience, then put them into a hunting situation on their first day afield.” commented George Fisher, District Conservation Officer.
Before the hunt, Officer Fisher and Conservation Officer Roy Kinner taught a safety class for new students and a refresher class for graduates. Then the group shot sporting clays and learned upland hunting basics. These young hunters and their dogs found plenty of game to chase around.
“Yes, there is a reason it’s called hunting and not getting! Your donation… was the icing on the cake to an already great day afield. We bagged a limit of memories and even a few birds!” Donating special youth hunts such as this, allows us to show our commitment to the community by supporting youth programs.
We join Conservation Officers Fisher and Kinner in their hopes that the excitement these young people experienced at the Flying B Ranch will see the passport hunters become Hunter Education graduates and fuel a lifetime of enjoyment and respect for both hunting and the great outdoors.