Firearm shooting experience

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,...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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 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...