CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Monday that they are seeking people interested in two mentored hunting and fishing programs offered in the Big Horn Basin.
“We are looking for kids ages 12 and up and their parents or adult women who are interested in learning about hunting and fishing or sharpening their outdoor skills,” said Tara Hodges, Information and Education Specialist with Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “Each program focuses on specific skills and offers participants a different experience.”
The programs are called the Wood River Deer Hunt and Outdoor University. Applications are currently being accepted online.
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“Applicants accepted into the program are paired with an experienced mentor who helps the participant through all aspects of learning in activities ranging from fly fishing, firearms handling, upland game bird hunting or deer hunting,” Hodges said.
Outdoor University program participants will learn fly fishing essentials throughout the summer and fall and will also be given training using shotguns.
“The program culminates with a mentored pheasant hunt alongside experienced dog handlers,” Game and Fish said. “Application deadline for Outdoor University is April 14.”
The Wood River Deer Hunt program gives participants practice with firearms at a range day in June and offers a simulated hunting event in August.
“Finally, participants will take to fields of the Wood River valley west of Meeteetse in September to hunt a doe white-tailed deer,” Game and Fish said. “Application deadline for Wood River Deer Hunt is April 30.”
Participants in both programs will be responsible for the cost of any hunting or fishing licenses and stamps needed.
Both programs receive financials support from community organizations.
“Wood River Deer Hunt and Outdoor University are part of a collaborative, community-based Wyoming Game and Fish Department initiative called #WYHUNTFISH,” Game and Fish said. ” The vision of the program is to engage and connect local organizations with each other to develop ethical and responsible sportspersons through hunting or angling mentoring programs while building long-term relationships between new hunters and experienced hunters.”
Organizations supporting the programs include:
- the First Hunt Foundation
- Wyoming Outdoorsmen
- East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited
- Pheasants Forever
- the Cody Shooting Complex
- private landowners
“Learn more about these programs and apply today,” Game and Fish said.
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