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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,...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.