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Missisquoi Hosts Annual Junior Waterfowl Training Event
Northeast Region, August 23, 2018
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Volunteers train Juniors on trap field
Volunteers train Juniors on trap field - Photo Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS
Waterfowl Decoys and Blind design are taught
Waterfowl Decoys and Blind design are taught - Photo Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS
VTFWD Warden instructs young hunters on distance estimation and patterning
VTFWD Warden instructs young hunters on distance estimation and patterning - Photo Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS

For the last 42 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 the refuge had 28 kids attend between 12 and 17 years of age. Parents or hunting mentors are also required to attend the training day which consists of classes on waterfowl identification, hunter safety, hunting ethics, hunting regulations, 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 will be able to hunt for the first three weeks of waterfowl season on the refuge. As a special incentive for mentors, adults also get one day during the first month of the season to hunt in these coveted junior waterfowl blind sites. 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.

 

Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl helped sponsor the event this year. Delta Waterfowl provided free duck calls to all Juniors and Ducks Unlimited provided free Greenwings Memberships for all.


Contact Info: Ken Sturm, 802-868-4781, Ken_Sturm@fws.gov
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