Youth Hunting & Conservation Course, 2014-15
Goals and Objectives
Long Point Waterfowl developed its Youth Hunting & Conservation Course (YHCC) to provide
today’s youth with the opportunity to increase their awareness of-and participate in-our hunting heritage. The workshop also teaches youth that hunting is an important and cost effective wildlife management tool. The YHCC includes 6 days of hands on activities, training and mentorship in hunting, wildlife conservation and management. Participants stay at Long Point Waterfowl’s Research & Education Centre and receive all the required training to hunt in this cost-effective, one-stop workshop. The YHCC is open to youth 12-16 years of age and parents are encouraged to attend.Activities includeretriever training, waterfowl decoy placement, calling, taxidermy, target shooting, wild game preparation and cooking and tips and mentorship on hunting.Participants complete their Ontario Hunter Safety Certification, Canadian Firearms Safety Certificationand Ontario Wild Turkey Training Course. Participants receive great gifts and one year membershipswithDelta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and Quality Deer Management Association.
Long Point Waterfowl considers youth mentorship and education a key component of wildlife conservation and management as well as to the future of our hunting heritage. Thus, the YHCC was designed to instil in youth a keen interest in our hunting heritage and a passion for wildlife conservation and management. The way in which the program is unique is that all youth participants (and their parents if they chose to take the course) receive their Ontario Hunter Safety, Canadian Firearms Training and Ontario Wild Turkey Hunter Education certifications. Through classroom teaching, mentoring and hands-on activities, youth learn the role of hunters (and WHC through duck stamp dollars) in the conservation and management of our wildlife resources. It is important that youth experience the outdoors in an exciting and hands-on way. These experiences provide impetus for youth to take part in their outdoor heritage and potentially pursue careers in wildlife or habitat conservation.
The goals of this project are that youth will:
1) become certified to apply for a FAC Permit
2) become certified to purchase an Ontario Out Doors Card
3) become knowledgeable about the history of waterfowl hunting
4) become knowledgeable about the role of hunting in wildlife conservation
5) develop the ability to identify ducks and geese and become knowledgeable about waterfowl & wetland conservation
6) learn safe gun handling
7) understand the importance of hunting
8) become familiar with the body structure and feathering of waterfowl
9) acquire knowledge and ability to hunt wild turkeys
10) be able to put learned knowledge and skills to practical use
11) become familiar with birds of prey
Long Point Waterfowl’s Research & Education Centre, Turkey Point, ON
Final Report: Youth Hunting & Conservation Course, 2014-15
For more information on this project, please contact Ted Barney, Biologist, Long Point Waterfowl, Port Rowan, ON.