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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge 2011 Managed Youth Hunt Weekend a Success!
Midwest Region, November 7, 2011
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Mingo NWR Biologist, Brad Pendley, discusses deer biology at the youth pre-hunt orientation.
Mingo NWR Biologist, Brad Pendley, discusses deer biology at the youth pre-hunt orientation. - Photo Credit: USFWS - L. Landowski
Success! Two of the many great deer harvested during the 2011 youth-only managed deer hunt. Two friends shared the hunt of a lifetime with an 8 pointer and a 12 pointer.
Success! Two of the many great deer harvested during the 2011 youth-only managed deer hunt. Two friends shared the hunt of a lifetime with an 8 pointer and a 12 pointer. - Photo Credit: USFWS - B. Pendley
The smile says it all! What a memorable day with a 3.5 year old 8 pointer during the youth-only deer hunt at Mingo NWR.
The smile says it all! What a memorable day with a 3.5 year old 8 pointer during the youth-only deer hunt at Mingo NWR. - Photo Credit: USFWS - B. Pendley

Many memories were made and smiles all around as Mingo National Wildlife Refuge hosted 47 youth for a managed deer hunt last weekend. The youth, selected through a random draw, attended one of two pre-hunt orientation meetings conducted by refuge staff. The staff discussed refuge history, management techniques, deer biology, and the rules and regulations for the youth-only rifle hunt. It was the perfect prime-time hunt as the deer entered the rut on beautiful crisp fall weekend. The kids saw many deer and observed their mating rituals with bucks chasing does, rubbing trees, and making scrapes. There was lots of excitement as they checked in their deer where staff weighed and aged the deer. It was a safe and successful hunt in which 81% of the youth took a deer. Photos were taken and can be seen under the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Facebook Page. Whether they harvested a deer or not, there's no doubt this hunt was memorable for the kids, as well as for their parents, relatives, friends, or mentors that joined them on this hunt.


Contact Info: Lindsey Landowski, 573-343-4268, lindsey_landowski@fws.gov



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