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DEADLINE to Register for Missisquoi Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program
JUNIOR WATERFOWL HUNTER TRAINING PROGRAM
At-Home Program Announcement
The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is 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 open to kids 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, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting. The program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about waterfowl and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s in person training is cancelled. However, the refuge is committed to working with young hunters and providing special access to juniors and their mentors at refuge blind sites. This year we will be changing the program to a self-learning exercise that the juniors and mentors will undertake on their own. The refuge will provide learning materials and blind site lottery forms. Upon completing the exercises, juniors will return the information to the refuge to be eligible for the blind site lottery.
Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year’s program must pre-register with the Refuge by Monday, August 3. To register for this year’s program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781, ext. 3236. Please include the mentor’s name and youth’s name and age, address and telephone number.
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. Juniors are only permitted to shoot for the first two weekends; mentors will be permitted to shoot alongside their juniors the last two weekends of the junior hunt.
For questions about this year’s program, call Ken Sturm, Refuge Manager at 802-868-4781 ext. 3236.
The mission of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov