This past Saturday Minnesota held its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt where hunters ages 15 and younger, when accompanied by a non-hunting adult, get a chance to hunt for free before the regular waterfowl season opens. Although I was unable to participate, my good friend, Todd Rost of Faribault, took his two daughters out to share in the experience.
As Todd related to me, no ducks were shot on this particular day…but many different waterfowl species were observed. The entire experience was about father and grandfather emphasizing gun safety, practicing duck/goose calling, as well as showcasing the various techniques used in decoying to become a successful waterfowl hunter. As you can imagine, the girls had a lot of fun and seemed to enjoy the experience. After all…isn’t that what getting kids outdoors really should be all about?
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