Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunting clinic Sept. 7 and 8
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 13, 2012 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. This is the fourth year for the annual event, and children who have duck hunted before are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.
“We are passionate about duck hunting and we want to help instill that passion in future generations of hunters,” said Roger Smith, DU director of engineering and volunteer workshop instructor. “By teaching our youth the necessary skills for duck hunting, we hope they will take those to the field and enjoy the thrill for themselves.”
Participants will learn the necessary skills to enjoy waterfowl hunting. Activities include duck identification, decoy spreads, hunting gear, duck calling and retriever training. The first 20 kids (age nine or older) to register will have the opportunity to participate in the shooting training at Capital City Sporting Clays Range the following day. A parent or guardian must accompany children to the shooting range.
The clinic will be held at the Ducks Unlimited office at 2525 River Road in Bismarck. Activities will run on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-6 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 3:30. The shooting activity will have two sessions on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Registration is required for the workshop. To sign up, contact Jennifer Kross at 701-202-8896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available to families with young hunters is the opportunity to check out a trailer full of decoys and blinds to hunt waterfowl. The trailer and this year’s workshop are sponsored by DU, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Avery Outdoors. North Dakota Game and Fish purchased the trailer with funds from the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters special grant program, and Avery donated the equipment.
By calling DU’s Bismarck office at 701-355-3500 families with young hunters can reserve one of three equipment packages: a fully equipped trailer with goose and duck decoys for field hunting or one of two bags of floating duck decoys and marsh seats for duck hunts in a wetland.
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos atyoutube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.