North Dakota Youth Events Promote Hunting

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The State Game and Fish Department’s Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters program is a primary sponsor for two outdoor learning events this weekend in the Bismarck area.

Ducks Unlimited is the lead organization for a youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 19 and 20, while the Mule Deer Foundation is hosting its 4th annual MULEY Day Camp on Aug. 20.

The waterfowl hunting clinic is for youth ages 16 and under and their parents. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 19 at the DU Great Plains Regional Office. Sessions include duck biology, decoy spreads, duck identification, duck hunting gear, retrievers and calling.

The first 30 kids age 9 and older who register and attend the Friday morning session are eligible to attend a shooting event at the Capital City Sporting Clays range on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Preregistration is required by calling DU at (701) 355-3507, or emailing bjonesmahlum@ducks.org.

The MULEY Day Camp is also for youth ages 16 and under, and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moffit Gun Range. It includes rifle and archery target shooting, hunting and safety information and demonstrations.

All equipment is provided, along with a free lunch and door prizes. To preregister, email nbc.mdf@gmail.com, or call Ryan Krapp at (701) 471-8788.

The Game and Fish Department's Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters program provides grant dollars to help local communities and organizations fund events that promote youth hunting and shooting sports. For more information, contact outreach biologist Pat Lothspeich at (701) 328-6332.