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Memories Made at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge 2012 Youth Deer Hunt

Region 3, October 27, 2012
Big smiles were shared as the hunters brought in their deer to the check station.
Big smiles were shared as the hunters brought in their deer to the check station. - Photo Credit: n/a
A father and son building lasting memories on their hunt together.
A father and son building lasting memories on their hunt together. - Photo Credit: n/a
A young hunter with his big buck that he harvested over the weekend at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
A young hunter with his big buck that he harvested over the weekend at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a

Each year Mingo National Wildlife Refuge hosts a Youth Managed Deer Hunt. The main goals of the hunt are to provide the youth participants with a lasting memory of enjoying the outdoors while at the same time gaining an appreciation for wildlife and nature. On top of that, the managed deer hunts at Mingo Refuge are important tools in maintaining a healthy deer population. 

This year’s Youth Managed Deer Hunt at Mingo Refuge took place on the weekend of October 27 and 28. A total of 49 youth (ages 11-15) along with their mentors took part in the hunt weekend. To gear up for the hunt, all participants attended one of two orientation meetings conducted by refuge staff. During these orientations, refuge staff shared information on the refuge history, habitat management, white-tail deer biology and the rules and regulations for the youth-only firearm hunt.

Overall, many memories were made and smiles shared during the weekend. A total of 36 deer were harvested along with three feral hogs. For many of the youth hunters it was their time harvesting a deer. Refuge staff had a blast hearing the stories from the hunt and seeing the smiles as the hunters come to the check station. Hopefully the memories made and shared by these youth during the hunt at Mingo Refuge will help to inspire another generation of conservationists.

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Contact Info: Peter Rea, 573-222-3589, peter_rea@fws.gov