N.H. Summer Youth Program Offered at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

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"Jeff Bousquet, age 13 of Barnstead, shot this 184 lb., 9 pt. buck on the first day of the 2007 Youth Deer Hunt weekend.  This was his first time hunting, made more special by the fact that he took the deer with his great-great grandfather's Winchester 30-30." --Staci BousquetHOLDERNESS, N.H. — There’s still time to sign young people up for a summer youth day program being offered from August 5 – 21, 2008, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H. The program offers youth age 10-15 a chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions are open to individuals, as well as recreation programs, scout troops and other youth groups.

“Research has shown that more and more youth are being removed from the outdoors way of life,” said Josh Mackay, Hunter Education Program Assistant at Owl Brook. “The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center would like to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors, so we are offering these skill-based summer workshops to help them discover what it’s all about.”

You can sign up for 1 day or 3 days of the program. During each of the three weeks, one day is devoted to shooting sports, one day to bowhunting, and one day to general outdoor skills.  The sessions are not progressive (the same activities will be offered each week).

Program days devoted to shooting sports will be offered on selected Tuesdays — August 5, 12 and 19. Bowhunting skills will be the theme on Wednesdays — August 6, 13 and 20. Days exploring general outdoor skills will be offered on Thursdays — August 7, 14 and 21. Each of the dates for a scheduled activity covers the same material. Participants may register for one session, or additional days to experience different activities. The sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Participants must bring a bag lunch.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited — enrollment is limited to 20 boys and girls per day — so please register early.  To register, call (603) 536-3954.  There is no charge for the sessions.  Each program is hands-on, and all participants will be encouraged to take part.”

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate people about how to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state’s natural resources.  The center’s facilities include shooting ranges, classroom space and interpretive trails.  To learn more about Owl Brook and find directions to the center, please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Activities at Owl Brook are made possible by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds. 

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.