Recruitment and Retention Programs

Profiles of hunting/shooting recruitment, retention and orientation programs. Click on the program name for more information. To narrow results, select fields below and click "apply," or use the advanced search

Food for Thought: Increasing Return on Investment by Reaching Out to Recruit New Adult Hunters

North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference Workshop Approximately 80 representatives from many states, federal agencies, industry, and NGOs attended the workshop. The room was full to standing. We front-end loaded the event to accommodate busy schedules and the need for participants to attend many events. Events and programs targeting youth have historically been the staple of hunter recruitment strategies. While these programs are enjoyed by participants and mentors alike,...

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Youth Hunting Events

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division of the SC Department of Natural Resources initiated special youth hunts as early as 1996-97 and now conducts approximately 110 hunts each year. These hunts fall into 5 general categories as follows:
•Youth Dove Hunts •Youth Deer Hunts •Youth Raccoon Hunts •Adult/Youth Turkey Hunts •Adult/Youth Waterfowl Hunts •Youth Waterfowl Hunts
In addition, WFF staff provides Adult/Youth season long opportunities for deer and...

Statewide Youth Days

In 2000, the SC General Assembly created a new statute (50-9-740) that authorizes the SCDNR to designate one or more youth days in addition to the regular season for a species of wild game. The youth days must be held outside of the regular season on a weekend, holiday or other nonschool day and within 14 days before or after the regular open period for that species. Under this law a youth hunter is one who is less than 18 years of age. The SCDNR, under the authority of this law, has...

Take One – Make One

The Take One – Make One Program (TOMO) was established by SCDNR in January 1999. Since 2004, 286 youth have participated in this program. The TOMO program specifically targets youth and young adults who have not experienced a previous shooting or hunting activity. These youth are paired with volunteer hunting club members and private land owners who sponsor and actively participate in a year-round hunting, fishing and shooting sports mentorship program.
The TOMO program has been...

Scholastic Clay Target Program

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a national program that supports the shooting sports and hunting thrust of the SCDNR. Youth programs are developed through organizations and schools and supported with equipment and supplies provided by the SCDNR. In 2009, 1,246 students participated on 29 teams at 9 events.
The gun safety and shooting components of the program dovetail nicely with other SCDNR shooting and hunting programs.

National Archery in the Schools

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a nation-wide program that provides guidance and support to partners wishing to implement the program in schools within their state. The SCDNR initiated this program in 2005 and now provides the opportunity in 146 schools. SCDNR participates in the program by recruiting schools and has trained 236 teachers and instructors. Eighteen thousand students in the 146 schools are expected to participate in the program during the 2009-10 school...

Hunter Education

This is the SCDNR’s most extensive education program. With over 10,000 adult and youth students served each year, it is also the largest classroom-oriented program with DNR instructors. Because all hunters born after June 30, 1979 are required to pass the hunter education course before a hunting license can be obtained, the demand for this course should remain constant or increase slightly over time. Youth participating in the Youth Hunting and Take One-Make One (TOMO) programs are required...

Trailblazer Adventure Program

The Trailblazer Adventure Program was designed to expose families to outdoor activities during the Trailblazer Adventure Day and offer them the chance to engage in other outdoor related activities with integration partners.


This program serves as an all-around introduction to the thrill of outdoor sports and the importance of conservation. It is typically hosted by youth serving organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States and YMCA. Other...

Youth Hunting Program of Florida

The Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF) is preserving the hunting tradition in Florida for future generations by providing introductory, instructive youth hunts for inexperienced youth hunters and their sponsoring parent. The goal is to mentor both the youth and adult through the hunter safety program, shooting activities and a weekend hunt giving them enough experience to feel comfortable repeating the process on their own. A major key to the YHPF's success is the Florida Fish and...

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors

Matching caring adults with a passion for the outdoors with children that want to learn about the outdoors...that's what the Pass It On program is about in a nutshell. Whether it is fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching, archery, hunting, shooting sports, sailing...or just about any other traditional outdoor activity, we work to provide opportunities for children to learn about them in a safe environment from mentors willing to share their time. What began as an effort on the part of...

Arkansas Has It All

The Arkansas Has It All Conference for educators brings hands on experiences to education. It's sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Participants may choose from several classes, which include information about: * Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) * Boating Education * Watchable Wildlife * Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program * Hunter Education * Arkansas NASP * Arkansas Stream Teams * Project WILD/Project...

Arkansas Youth Expos

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sponsors youth outdoor expos every May. These expos invite thousands of 5th graders from area schools to get outside and experience fun, conservation-related activities. Expos are held each year in partnership with the United States Forest Service at the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area, which is reserved by the Commission with a three-day special use permit. Other youth expos occur at the Commission's nature and education centers. At each expo, school...

Arkansas NASP

The Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (Arkansas NASP) is the official Arkansas affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program. Archery is an activity in which people from all walks of life and almost every size and ability can participate. Archery is also a great way to sharpen skills and build success in the classroom; in addition, it is also a relatively simple and inexpensive sport to learn and pursue. Arkansas NASP is focused on providing a safe, fun...

Effective Wingshooting, the CONSEP Way...

The Cooperative North American Shotgunning Education Program helps shotgun shooters, waterfowl and upland game bird hunters sharpen their skills in marksmanship, distance estimation and equipment selection, regardless of the shot material they choose to use. CONSEP-trained hunters can also contribute more to conservation and reduce hunting expenses. Effective wingshooting, the CONSEP Way Seminar Learn shotgun wing-shooting fundamentals and proven techniques from Department instructors...

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Youth Waterfowl Day

Youth Waterfowl Day provides a quality opportunity to introduce youth 15 and younger to waterfowl hunting prior to the opening of the regular waterfowl season. An adult parent or guardian must accompany the youth at all times. No license or duck stamps are required. There is no minnimum age for participants. Youth ages 12 and older must have completed Firearms Safety Training.

Young Adult Pheasant Hunt Program

Times, lifestyles, and family activities have changed, as well as our land and wildlife resources. The youth of today do not have the same opportunities to hunt as in the past 20 to 30 years. Due to urbanization, loss of farms and other open space, less leisure time, computers and internet access, video games and organized school activities, young people are losing their connection to the outdoors. The days of walking down the road to the nearby farm or wood lot to hunt after school are all but...

Introduction to Wingshooting

The is an introductory shotgun shooting education program focusing on youth and women to teach shotgun shooting safety and shooting skills.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Apprentice Hunter Validation Program

The Apprentice Hunter Validation Program serves as a short-term, one-time-only, exclusion to the regulations related to the hunter education firearms safety training requirements. As such it gives a person that qulaifies an opportunity to sample hunting for one season before they are required to complete a hunter education firearms safety training course.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Mentored Youth Hunting Programs

Mentored Youth Hunts are operated in partnership between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Bluffland Whitetails Association and Minnesota State Archery Association. They have three purposes: 1) They are intended to be educational experiences to teach new hunters (both youth and their guardians) the skills and techniques to be life-long hunters. 2) They provide first time hunters a...

Project Webfoot and Flying WILD Workshop

Where: Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, Morocco, IN What: Join Indiana Projects WET and WILD for a workshop featuring Project Webfoot and Flying WILD, wetlands and bird curricula for educators. Project Webfoot is a wetlands education program that includes the WOW! The Wonder of Wetlands Educators' Guide. Project Webfoot curriculum and materials include background information, lessons, and techniques for teaching about wetlands. For more information about Project Webfoot and to view...

Hunting Education Workshops

TURKEY EVENTS Location: Atterbury FWA Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009 Time: 9 a.m. to noon EDT Phone: (812) 526-2051 The Blue River Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation will conduct a workshop for existing and potential youth hunters. Participants will learn hunting techniques, safety, and calling, and are encouraged to bring their turkey calls. Snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to call and confirm, as space may be limited. Location: Sugar Ridge FWA Date: ...

Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program

The Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program is the nation's largest youth trap program. Shooting sports, like many outdoor activities, are great sources of fun and relaxation when practiced safely and responsibly. The Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program is focused on providing a fun, safe environment for participating in shooting sports and reconnecting kids with the joy of being outdoors. The AYSSP raises awareness of conservation-related sports, promotes safety and responsibility, and...

MN DNR Hunter Recruitment and Retention Plan (Executive Summary)

Executive Summary- Hunter Recruitment and Retention Plan Declining hunter participation is a problem that needs to be addressed because hunters are pivotal to wildlife management fiscally, operationally, and socially. Additionally, hunting is a valued part of Minnesota’s heritage and culture – so much so that it has been given protection in the Minnesota Constitution. In January 2002, the DNR Wildlife Roundtable (stakeholders) considered hunter participation issues, identified the...

Youth Hunting Events

Public Property Reserved Youth Turkey Hunt Opportunities DNR will offer hunters 15 years old and younger, reserved turkey hunts during youth wild turkey hunting season for both youth-season days, April 18 and 19, at 26 DNR properties. The hunts will be at Atterbury, Crosley, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife...

Learn to Hunt Program

The Learn to Hunt Program is designed to provide novice hunters a high quality, safe, and enjoyable first time hunting experience.

Hunting Heritage Program

The Hunting Heritage Program of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is based on the premise that it takes a hunter to make a hunter and that the recruitment and retention of hunters is critical to long-term conservation and management of North Carolina's wildlife resources.

New Hunter Starter Kit

Twice a month, a New Hunter Starter Kit is mailed out to each newly graduated hunter education student, regardless of age. The packet of information contains: a welcome letter from our Hunter Education Coordinator, a DVD with various hunting topics and game recipes, a set of 9 brochures on a variety of topics from Proper Game Care to Deer and Turkey Hunting Safety, a Hunting Plan pad, a 4 Rules of Firearm Hunting Safety magnet, bookmark on deer and turkey hunter's oath, statewide range...

Pass It On

Pass It On is a program designed to reverse the declining trend in Kansas hunter numbers through recruitment and retention efforts, including outdoor skills training, hunting access, special hunts and education and awareness.

QDMA Mentored Hunting Program

QDMA's Mentored Hunting Program is an innovative hunter education and recruitment program designed to increase the number of youth and first-time hunters by matching mentors with interested students. It teaches students (youths and adults) the importance of hunting and provides them with a greater understanding of the role of hunting in sustainable wildlife management. It also builds the foundation for these hunters to become better stewards of our natural resources and better ambassadors for...

Youth Outdoor Skills Camps

Camps designed to target youth Hunter Education graduates to provide the "next step" for shooting, hunting and fishing education in a fun summer camp environment.

National Archery in the Schools Program

National program designed to teach kids in grades 4-12 a two week archery shooting curriculum and to develop after school shooting opportunities for youth to teach life skills in shooting sports.

Nebraska 20 Year Hunter/Angler Recruitment, Development and Retention Plan

Nebraska's 20 Year RDR Plan was developed using current Best Management Practices and research to achieve five main Goals which include: GOAL I. Recruitment of Youth Hunters/Anglers GOAL II. Recruitment of New Adult Hunters/Anglers GOAL III. Recruitment of Lapsed Anglers/Hunters GOAL IV. Development and Retention of Existing Hunters/Anglers GOAL V. Maintain Support of Hunting and Fishing by All Citizenry in Nebraska This will be accomplished using six overriding Strateguies that...

Green Mountain Conservation Camps

Campers have a unique opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and others who work in the outdoors. We offer hands-on learning experiences on fish, wildlife, ecology, forestry, first aid and outdoor safety topics and so much more. There are opportunities for hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, building bluebird boxes and other fun activities. One-week sessions run from June to August. Specific dates for boys and girls regular and advanced...

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

BOW is an award-winning, international outdoor skills program designed specifically for women. More than 40 states and six provincial natural resource agencies create 70+ BOW workshops per year. Workshop classes are equally divided into hunting, fishing, and non-harvest activities. Classes are taught by patient, enthusiastic instructors in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. More than 20 states/provinces offer Beyond BOW -- single topic learning clinics and adventures. These might...

Hunter Education Deferral Program

The Texas Hunter Education Deferral Program is a hunter apprentice program that, when combined with other hunter education and youth hunting programs, is similar to the "Families Afield" programs of other states. A deferral is a 'license' that can be purchased by a hunter 17 years of age or older to: 1) extend the time it takes him or her to find and successfully complete hunter education, or 2) to "give hunting a try" prior to choosing it as a way of life. Hunter education is required of...

Future of Hunting in Vermont Conference

Determining the Future of Hunting in Vermont An effort was sorely needed to reverse the downward trend of hunting participation in Vermont. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department alone will never be able to act alone and reverse this decline. As a result, the Department reached out and empowered the brightest, the most influential hunters in Vermont to create a vision with specific strategies to improve hunting participation The Symposium/Conference directly engaged selected leaders...

Texas Youth Hunting Program

The Texas Youth Hunting Program was established to increase the numbers of youths participating in wildlife and hunting activities and to promote the hunting heritage in Texas. Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) joined forces to implement the program and offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and affordable. The program hosts introductory, instructive weekend youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, javelina, exotics, dove, small game, waterfowl...

Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Our annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience will stand out from other events such as sport shows, outdoor trade shows, and commercial events in many ways. The most important difference between an Outdoor Experience and other events is that we will strictly focus on hands-on and interactive learning events that will teach outdoor skills and conservation to kids, families, and minorities that are currently less experienced in the outdoors. Additionally, our event will focus on Indiana’s outdoor...

Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program

The Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLFT) program offers two types of workshops: one is a four day workshop for wildlife and natural resource upper class and graduate students and the other is a five day professional workshop for state and federal natural resource agency employees, who have never held a hunting license or participated in hunting activities. At a CLFT workshop, participants experience a blend of classroom and field instruction designed to give them an understanding of who...