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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Hosts 37th Annual Junior Waterfowl Training Program

Region 5, August 23, 2013
Waterfowl ID Taught by retired Vermont state waterfowl Biologist Bill Crenshaw and NY State waterfowl biologist John O'Conner
Waterfowl ID Taught by retired Vermont state waterfowl Biologist Bill Crenshaw and NY State waterfowl biologist John O'Conner - Photo Credit: n/a
Saint Albans Sportsman Club Volunteer instructing youth on target shooting
Saint Albans Sportsman Club Volunteer instructing youth on target shooting - Photo Credit: n/a
Vermont State Game Warden instructing on shotgun patterning
Vermont State Game Warden instructing on shotgun patterning - Photo Credit: n/a

For the last 37 years the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge has partnered with the State of  Vermont and other organizations to conduct a waterfowl hunting training day for kids. This year 41 youth ages 12-15 attending the training at the refuge.  Parents or hunting mentors are also required to attend the training day which consists of classes on waterfowl identification, hunter safety, ethics, shotgun patterning, decoy set up, clay pigeon target practice and more. Once successfully completing the course kids and their mentors are awarded youth waterfowl blind sites on the Missisquoi NWR where they are able to hunt for the youth waterfowl hunting weekend on the refuge. This event has continually been a popular event and draws youth from over two hours away who leave more informed and better trained as the hunters of the future.

 

Refuge volunteers and others including the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, New York Bureau of Fish and Wildlife Services and the Saint Albans Sportsman Club help to provide the instruction and facilities for the event.

Contact Info: Ken Sturm, 8028684781, ken_sturm@fws.gov