The Red River Valley Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is offering a unique opportunity for area youths.
The Fargo-based club's first annual Youth Hunt and Outdoors Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, approximately 30 miles west of Fargo at Section 17 Hunting Preserve near Buffalo, N.D.
Registration is limited to youth (up to age 16) who have successfully completed their state-issued hunter education course. The day will be capped at 20 participants on a first-come, first serve basis.
A parent or guardian must also attend.
Those who register after the limit has been met will be placed on a waiting list and get precedence if someone drops out.
Cost is $15 per youth, and includes lunch and refreshments, up to three harvested upland birds, a T-shirt, eye and ear protection, and the opportunity to hunt behind trained versatile dogs in a controlled setting - the ideal way to introduce new hunters to an exciting outdoors tradition.
Lunch for adults is $5.
Participation wavers must be signed in order to take part in the outdoors day, and all youth hunters need to check in between 8-8:30 on the morning of the event.
The day will kick off with a hunter education and firearm safety refresher. Then participants will be broken up into groups and cycle through dog training, conservation education, trap shooting, and bird cleaning.
They also will run through a live hunt behind trained dogs. A mentor will guide the youth through a section of tall grass, and instruct the hunter in the steps to hunt behind a pointing breed - one of the safest ways to pursue upland game.
The day will tentatively end at 4:30 p.m. Schedule is subject to change.