Free Utah Waterfowl Hunting Clinic Offers Coaching for Youth, Adults


PRICE, Utah -( You can sharpen your waterfowl hunting skills at a free clinic on Sept. 23.

The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the clinic from 8 a.m. to noon at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area east of Elmo.

The clinic, which is open to both youth and adults, will occur one week before the youth waterfowl hunt in Utah’s southern waterfowl hunting zone opens. Holding the clinic on Sept. 23 will allow young hunters to brush up on skills they need before heading into the field for the youth hunt a week later.

“There will be plenty of fun and practical opportunities for both new and experienced hunters,” says Walt Maldonado, DWR wildlife recreation specialist in southeastern Utah. “There’s something here for everybody.”

The clinic will feature several stations that will help hunters practice various hunting skills. The skills include duck identification, shooting, duck calling, training dogs and decoy arrangement. Youth participants can also shoot clay pigeons from a duck blind. The targets will be thrown at various angles to simulate the different types of shots waterfowl hunters encounter in the field.

A variety of shotguns will be available for adults and youth to use. Participants will learn which firearms and ammunition are best for hunting ducks and geese, proper shooting technique, and other skills necessary for a safe and successful hunt.

The clinic will culminate in a duck calling contest, and prizes will be awarded. Inexperienced duck callers will get a crash course and time to practice before the contest.

To register online for the free clinic, visit their website. For more information, call the DWR’s Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3707.