Fall River, KS -(AmmoLand.com)- Recent research has shown that only 67% of students taking a hunter education class end up buying a license (“Hunter Education Graduates’ Proclivity to Purchase a License after Graduation”, Southwick & Associates).
In reviewing data from Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. events, we have found similar numbers for the children we have been working with over the last 13 years.
In an effort to insure that a greater percentage of hunter ed graduates get in the field and hunt, Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc., in partnership with local National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and Quail Forever chapters, will be hosting First Hunt events across Kansas. These First Hunt events will be designed for hunters who have recently passed a Hunter Education class.
The goal of a First Hunt event is to give inexperienced hunters the opportunity to participate in an upland hunt in a controlled environment. This program will focus on giving new hunters a chance to go afield in a controlled hunting environment with experienced mentors coaching them. The event will consist of:
1. A review of hunter education principles, focusing on those related to upland hunting, such as demonstrating the field of fire and how to properly and safely carry a firearm in the field as shown below:
2. Shotgun safety and target shooting, working with each new hunter until they have confidence in their shooting ability.
3. A controlled hunt with pheasants placed in bird launchers and the hunters mentored by experienced hunters and dog handlers.
Once the new hunters have demonstrated safe gun handling and have developed their shooting skills to the point where they can be reasonably expected to break clay targets, they will be taken to the field 2 at a time to hunt over trained hunting dogs. Each hunter will be accompanied by a mentor along with the dog handler and hunt master. When the dogs go on point, the hunters will be coached into position and the bird will be released for the shot. Each hunter will have opportunities at 2 birds.
The program will be organized and coordinated by Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. We will work with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and hunter education instructors across the state to get word to the students about the First Hunt opportunities. We will partner with local National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Safari Club International chapters to staff the events.
Working with KDWPT, we will have a flyer in the packages that are sent to each Hunter Ed instructor across the state, giving students notification of the program and a website where they will be able to go and find the schedule of First Hunt events and a link to sign-up.
USE OF FUNDS
Our goal is to host 2-First Hunt events every month from September 2015 thru March 2016, for a total of 14 First Hunt events. We will limit each event to 20 hunters to insure adequate time for instruction. We will provide each hunter with 2 birds. We estimate that we will need 2 boxes of shells for the hunters to use in developing their shooting skills. We will provide snacks and drinks for the event. Liability insurance will be provided by Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. for all participants. We will purchase 4 sets of 4 remote control bird launchers. We will purchase 4 youth semi-auto shotguns.
There will be no cost to participants!
Working with youth mentoring organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors focuses on recruiting mentors for at-risk children who have little or no connection to the outdoors. We will insure that First Hunt events are offered first to these children who are in most need.
Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors is a 501(c)3 non-profit. As such, your donation is tax deductible.
About Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors
Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors is a Wichita, Kansas-based national organization dedicated to providing children with mentors who will share with them the experiences of traditional outdoor activities. The heart of the group’s mission is to give children opportunities to connect with nature that they more than likely won’t have without a mentor showing them the way. Partnering with organizations with like-minded conservation and youth participation efforts like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pheasants Forever, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, among others, volunteers with a passion for the outdoors can give a child the chance to go fish, hunt, or simply spend time in the fields with a caring adult.
For more information about Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, please visit www.OutdoorMentors.org.