Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area will host its fourth annual youth squirrel hunt Jan. 7. The event, a joint effort with the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance and Clifty Creek Coonhunters, matches youths with experienced hunters and their squirrel dogs on a guided hunt.

The youth hunt is open to ages 17 and younger. Children 12 and younger must have an adult with them. Older youth are also welcome to bring their parents or another adult. Participants of all experience levels are welcome, especially those looking to try hunting for the first time. Squirrel hunting with a dog is a great way to get interested in hunting and the outdoors.

The youth squirrel hunt requires either a youth license, which requires completion of a hunter education course, or an apprentice license for youth who have not completed a hunter education course. Youth attending the squirrel hunt are encouraged to bring their favorite squirrel rifle or shotgun. Firearms will be provided to those who are new to hunting or who need to borrow equipment. Participants must bring a regulation hunter-orange garment.

Attendees should arrive at 9 a.m. at the Crosley FWA office, 2010 S. State Route 3, North Vernon. Participants will listen to a short safety talk and then proceed to the woods. After the hunt, lunch will be provided and some door prizes will be handed out.

Call (812) 346-5596 by Jan. 2 to register or ask questions.

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