Thursday, September 8, 2011

Youth Dove Hunt held September 3, 2011

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Haywood Community College Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered to host a quota youth dove hunt on September 3rd at the Mountain Research Station off of Raccoon Road near Waynesville. More than 20 youth hunters and their accompanying licensed adults were selected to participate in this exciting learning opportunity.

Partners collaborated to include a lunch and special educational sessions throughout the day. Important components included hunter safety, becoming a responsible hunter, benefits of agriculture to humans and wildlife, wildlife conservation and management, a trapping and banding demonstration workshop, and more.

“Many young people today are far removed from the land and our agricultural and wildlife resources. It is opportunities like this one that provide a much needed connection with children and nature,” explains Chris Graves, HCC Lead Instructor of Fish and Wildlife Management Technology Program. “In addition, this experience will put our fish and wildlife students in real world situations that they will encounter when they begin working. It’s hands-on training and experience that they can’t get in a classroom.”

(Posted by Chris Graves)

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