The sounds of campfire songs can be heard echoing over Buck Lake in Woodbury all summer long from adolescents attending the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Conservation Camp. But one week of the summer is reserved just for teachers. Since 1985 the Wildlife Course for Teachers has offered educators a hands-on introduction to fish and wildlife management. The goal is to get educators to incorporate what they learn at camp into their classroom curriculum.
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Hunting was never a tradition in Gina’s family but since moving to Vermont it’s an activity that she has always been curious about. Thanks to the relatively new mentored license offered by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, newcomers to the sport of hunting can give it a try before receiving the hunter safety certification needed to hunt on your own. Gina’s mentor took her under his wing on a fall turkey hunt for an experience that she’ll never forget.
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SacredHunter.org is a nonprofit organization and traditions outdoor mentoring dot org is a part of that organization that mentors young men. Through traditional outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and foraging, Traditions Outdoor Mentoring strives to teach respect, empathy, and accountability, along with a deeper understanding of nature, to each teenage enrolled in the program.
When it comes to learning the traditional skills of hunting and fishing it can be an intimidating experience for some women. But thanks to a backcountry retreat called Doe Camp, adventurous women 18 years or older are introduced to a wide variety of outdoor activities by passionate and experienced instructors.
When it comes to mastering any new skill the key to success is practice, practice and more practice. No one knows this better than the organizers of the Youth Education Challenge. A daylong event that’s been held at the Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp each spring since 2011.
Vermont’s youth deer hunting season is a lot more than passing on the skills of pursuing white tail deer. Time spent in the woods with a son or daughter create memories that will last a lifetime. We spend time on a successful youth hunt with Lawrence and his youngest son Jake.
It wasn’t that long ago that seeing a woman hunting was a rare sight. However, today females are the fastest growing demographic in the sport, and are now commonly seen in the field and hunting camps across the state. Keeping this trend alive is important to Fish and Wildlife departments across the country. But it’s also important to the women who want to share the thrills and empowerment enjoyed by the sport with their female friends and daughters. We head out fall turkey hunting with long time huntress Wendy Butler.
Like any hand eye sport, success at shooting clay targets or wing shooting requires practice and proper mechanics. Anyone who’s swung a golf club or pitched a baseball knows that the slightest change in mechanics can result in either disaster or tremendous success. Thanks to shooting instructors at Orvis, the wing shooting skills of thousands of waterfowl and upland bird hunters have been improved since 1973, when they opened their first shooting school in Manchester, Vermont.
Every November during Vermont’s youth deer hunting season, check stations across the state are filled with smiling kids and proud parents. Deer are reported, stories shared, and photos taken. But at a handful of check stations, a lot more goes on. Since 1963 the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has annually operated special biological check stations to gather the data needed to monitor the health of the deer herd. This information and other data help state biologists determine science-driven management strategies.
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