Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day – June 13, 2009

Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day Event Planned For June 13, 2009
At Sudlersville Skeet Club On The Eastern Shore.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Sudlersville, MD — -(AmmoLand.com)- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has partnered with local conservation groups to present a Junior Hunter Field Day Event, June, 13, 2009, from 8:30am to 3:30pm, at the Sudlersville Skeet Club, 1240 Duhamel Corners Road, Sudlersville, MD.

“This is an opportunity for Maryland children interested in wildlife activities to discover and connect with their natural world,” said Bob Beyer, Associate Director, DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service. “It gives children a chance to learn how to become involved in the management of our natural resources and to learn about hunting and the important role it plays in wildlife conservation.”

Youth interested in hunting, trapping, and wildlife management will have an opportunity to interact with DNR personnel and local conservationists in a safe, mentored setting. They will learn about shooting sports including shotguns, archery and sporting clays, and observe retriever dog and waterfowl calling demonstrations. Professionals from DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, safety, and ethical conduct in the field. All equipment will be provided and certified instructors will oversee all shooting activities.

This event is FREE (lunch included) and is open to young people, ages 8 to 16. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 applicants, so register early. Please contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-928-3106 to request registration information or download the forms online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/. Only applications by mail will be accepted (no phone, faxed, or e-mailed applications please).

To ensure all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards, Governor Martin O’Malley established the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature in 2008. Under the initiative, which is now being used as a national model, the Governor created the Maryland Civic Justice Corps, a summer job and environmental education program that employs at risk youth in Maryland State Parks, and recently issued the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. A plan to implement the Partnership’s Report and Recommendations – presented to Governor O’Malley in April — is under development. During the 2009 legislative session, the O’Malley-Brown Administration secured record funding for Maryland’s #1 ranked public schools for the third consecutive year, with an investment of more than $5.5 billion.

About:
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland’s forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.DNR.Maryland.gov