Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day - April 30th

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with local conservation groups to present a Central Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Baltimore County Game and Fish Association in Parkville.

"This is an opportunity for Maryland children interested in wildlife activities to discover and connect with their natural world," said Patricia Allen, Information & Education Program Manager of DNR's Wildlife & Heritage Service. "It gives children a chance to learn how to become involved in the management of our natural resources and to learn about hunting and the important role it plays in wildlife conservation."

State and local conservationists will give youngsters interested in hunting, trapping and wildlife management the opportunity to learn about shooting sports and hunting – including archery, sporting clays, trapping, dog demonstrations and waterfowl calling demonstrations – while being mentored by certified instructors. DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service staff and the Maryland Natural Resources Police will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, safety, wildlife biology and ethical conduct in the field. Lunch for participants and their parents as well as all equipment will be provided.

This event is open to young people, ages 8 to 16. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 applicants, so register early. Please contact Ron Norris with the DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-836-4559 to request registration information. You may also download and print the registration form online at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/youth/index.asp

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hunter25's picture

Another great youth program

Another great youth program as I've seen popping up in many more states lately. We have had some similar in Colorado the last couple of years and I read about some very large programs in California as well. I'm sure there are many more and I'm excited that these states are finally realizing that it's the youth of the country that are going to make or break the future existence of the sport. Even though most of these kids come from hunting families it will be an even bigger success if they reach even a couple that would not have been introduced to the outdoors any other way. Let's hope these programs continue to grow as I believe this is money very well spent.