The Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is sponsoring two mentored youth hunts in the Upper Snake Region this year. They will consist of one waterfowl and one pheasant hunt.  The waterfowl hunt will take place on Saturday, September 29th, at the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The pheasant hunt will occur on Saturday, October 6th at the Market Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located North of Roberts, Idaho. According to Regional Volunteer Coordinator James Brower who is organizing the outings, “Both events are meant to provide opportunities for first time youth hunters between the ages of 10 and 15 that do not have a mentor to take them hunting.” IDFG will provide mentors and all the equipment required for the hunt, including firearms and waders. Youth will be required to purchase a youth hunting license before the hunt.  “This means that they will need to have already completed a hunter education course previously.” said Brower. Waterfowl hunters are also required to buy a migratory bird permit in advance, but a Federal Waterfowl Stamp is not required for youth under 16.

According to Brower, “Participating youth must have transportation to and from the hunting area, but some accommodations may be arranged. We plan on having two time slots available for each event.” Both will have a morning hunt from approximately 7:30am-12:00pm and an afternoon hunt from 12:30-5:00pm, with lunch provided to all participants. The pheasant day will begin with a clay pigeon shoot to improve accuracy and evaluate competency.  At both events anyone that demonstrates unsafe behavior will immediately be excused from participation.  Parents are welcome to attend, but not required.

“This will be a great opportunity to get youth out in the field with an experienced guide. We plan on having tons of fun and making lifelong memories.” said Brower.  If you are interested in this event or know a youth that would be, complete an application at the IDFG office located on 4279 Commerce Circle in Idaho Falls. Space is limited and walk ins will not be accepted.   Applications must be turned in by September 25th.

For questions contact James Brower at (208) 525-7290 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD) or by email at james.brower@idfg.idaho.gov.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing Idaho’s hunting heritage.

Image courtesy Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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