Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program

When:
August 19, 2017 @ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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Where:
Franklin County Sportsman’s Club
Route 36 (Maquam Shore Road) in St. Albans

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is being offered to young hunters who want to learn more about the sport of waterfowl hunting and experience a high quality waterfowl hunt.  The program is offered to youngsters 12 to 17 years of age who have an adult waterfowl hunter to serve as a mentor.

The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is a joint educational effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Vermont Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting.  The program instructs beginning hunters in the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about the species being hunted and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation.

Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year’s program must pre-register with the Refuge by Friday, August 18. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees.

All mentors and young hunters must attend the one-day training session on Saturday, August 19, with instruction beginning at 8:00 AM at the Franklin County Sportsman’s Club on Route 36 (Maquam Shore Road) in St. Albans.  The training session will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress appropriately.  All youth participants are asked to bring the shotgun they intend to use for hunting to the training for a patterning session.

Junior Hunters and their mentors, once they complete the training, are awarded exclusive use of several premier hunting areas at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for the first four weekends of the waterfowl hunting season, however, only the Junior Hunter may shoot.  Blind sites and hunting dates for the Jr. Hunters are determined by a lottery conducted at the annual training session.

To register for this year’s program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781.  Please include the mentor’s name and youth’s name and age, address and telephone number.

Waterfowl hunters of all ages are welcome to attend the training on Saturday, August 19.  It is a great opportunity to improve waterfowl identification and other waterfowl hunting skills for the coming season.  Children under the age of 12 are welcome to come for the day to learn about the program but will not be allowed to participate in the refuge hunt until they are 12 years old.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact David Frisque, Park Ranger, at 802-868-4781.

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