The Montana Department of
Fish, Wildlife and parks is hosting a Youth Waterfowl/Upland Bird Clinic on Sunday,
September 15th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Freezeout Lake WMA.
The clinic will give youth, ages
10 to 15, a chance to learn the skills needed to be a successful waterfowl and
upland bird hunter. Topics at this
year’s clinic include: hunting safety, ethics and traditions, hunting
regulations, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, duck calling, shotgun
patterning and target shooting, shotgun distance estimating, and dog handling. Members of the Golden Triangle Sporting Dog
Club will demonstrate upland bird hunting techniques with pointing and flushing
To sign up, youth must be
between 10 and 15 years of age. For more
information and to register, call Bob Johnson at 727-7400 ext. 226. Advance sign-up is required with
participation limited to the first 40 enrollees. The clinic is free of charge. Lunch will be provided by the Dog Club.
Sponsors include the Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
the Golden Triangle Sporting Dog Club, Upper Missouri Chapter of Pheasants
Forever and the Great Falls Chapter of
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