LINCOLN – Two mentored youth hunting programs are available this fall for recent Hunter Education graduates.
These programs of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and partner organizations allow participants to take their new-found hunting and shooting skills into the field, paired up with adult mentors. These safe, educational programs help new hunters explore what it takes to become a successful hunter while learning about conservation, preparation and responsibility.
The programs are:
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Youth Mentored Hunt Program – This is open to firearm education graduates ages 11-15. Youth will participate in hands-on activities to learn shooting, hunting techniques, conservation and dog handling, in addition to the hunt itself. For dates and details, visit: http://nebraskapf.com/youth-mentor-hunts/.
Mentored Youth Archery Program – This is open to bowhunter education graduates ages 12-17 who have not graduated from high school. Hunters are paired with qualified bowhunter education instructors and qualified mentors for a full archery season. Mentors will teach youth how to scout, hang tree stands, interpret animal sign and care for the harvest. There are program locations near Omaha, Gretna, Lincoln, Ashland, Plattsmouth and Grand Island. To apply, visit: http://www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/programs/education/youth.asp.