Today’s youth don’t have the same access to hunting opportunities previous generations enjoyed. Many may want to try hunting, but lack the tools, knowledge, access to hunting opportunities or a family member who can offer mentorship.
Providing opportunities for young hunters to gain the expertise, licenses and skills they need to hunt safely is an increasing priority for the OFAH, our member clubs and other stakeholders in the outdoor community.
In 2012, under an agreement with the Elgin, Perth and Middlesex stewardship councils, the OFAH agreed to partner with Long Point Waterfowl, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and other organizations to provide youth hunting opportunities in several areas of the province.
Under the guidance of trained instructors and mentors, potential young hunters will have the opportunity to take the appropriate courses and upon successful completion, to experience a hunt for the first time.
Many OFAH member clubs are already conducting mentored youth hunts and many more will benefit from using the Youth Hunting Day Planning Tool Kit, created by the Elgin, Middlesex, and Perth Stewardship councils to train and mentor a new generation of young hunters in their communities.
2015 Youth Events
OFAH / Delta Heritage Day Youth Hunt – September 19, 2015
Location: Bewdley Ontario
- Mentored Duck Hunt
- Retriever demonstrations
- Decoy placement
- Duck Processing
- Barbecue and breakfast provided
OFAH Get Outdoors Waterfowler Heritage Day Hunt – September 18 & 19, 2015
Location: Prince Edward County
Cost: $300.00 (cost includes accommodations, transportation*, equipment, meals).
Eligible Youth: This program is open to new hunters, ages 12-15 as of September 19, 2015 (Youth MUST BE an OFAH member to attend)
Friday Morning – A bus will pick up participating youth from five central locations (TBA) in Southern Ontario.
Friday Afternoon – The bus arrives at Cobourg Trap & Skeet Club for firearms orientation, and skeet & trap shooting.
Friday Evening – The bus arrives at Sandbanks Provincial Park for camping. A “meet and greet” with the thirty OFAH mentors and staff will be followed by a barbecue. Evening instructional sessions will cover decoy set up, bird identification and water safety.
Saturday Morning (early!) – Youth and mentors are transported to their assigned field or wetland blind in Prince Edward County, courtesy of County Outfitters, for the waterfowl hunt.
Saturday Afternoon – Youth and mentors will arrive back at Sandbanks Provincial Park to share their first waterfowl hunt stories over lunch. Afternoon instructional sessions may include dog handling demonstrations, invasive species identification, processing and cooking of migratory game birds, and more.
Saturday Evening – A group campfire after dinner will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the weekend’s activities.
Sunday Morning – After breakfast, youth are bused back to the same five central locations (TBA) they departed from with lifelong memories to share with friends and family!
Qualified young hunters will be provided with their Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit by the OFAH, but must meet all other federal and provincial requirements, including having an Ontario hunter apprenticeship safety card class A1 (residents only).
RBWA Youth Hunt 2015 – in Memory of in Memory of Jacob Suitor – October 2 – 3, 2015
Location: Rondeau Provincial Park
Time: Friday night, Oct. 2nd at 5:00 until Sat, Oct 3rd at 12:00 pm
Event is sponsored by the Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association with support from Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited
The hunt involves arrival at Rondeau Prov. Park on Friday night, supper, meeting the mentors who will take the new hunters out in the morning, a discussion and presentation by a park biologist and an MNRF Official, camping overnight, breakfast in the morning at the waterfowl office, transportation to the blinds with the mentors, a hunting experience until 10:00 am, return with mentors to the waterfowl office, and a lunch. Signup by contacting Brad Martin (email@example.com) at (519)-287-5022 by Wednesday, Sept 3rd, 2015.
Participants must have a current Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and a current Ontario Small Games License or an A1 Apprentice Hunter Safety Card.
We provide all necessary equipment and cover all costs. For more details, visit rondeauwaterfowlers.com.
OFAH Birds Eye View Pheasant Hunt – October 18, 2015
- Mentored Pheasant Hunt
- Skeet Shooting
- Pheasant processing and cooking
Middlesex County’s 8th Annual Youth Hunting Day
November 1, 2015 – Fingal Wildlife Management Area, West of St. Thomas
Elgin County’s 11th Annual Youth Hunting Day
November 28, 2015 – Gold Creek Farms, Mt. Brydges
Registration is Free for both events. Click here for Registration Form.
Youth, aged 12 to 15 are invited to participate in a quality hunting event this fall. Youth who have successfully completed the Ontario Hunter Education Course and are part of the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program are encouraged to register along with their mentor. Volunteers are also needed to assist in delivering the event.
Youth Will Experience:
- a high quality pheasant hunt in a safe and controlled environment
- the benefits of a well trained hunting dog in enhancing the hunting experience
The event will:
- promote hunter safety, ethics and camaraderie
- Educate youth about conservation and wildlife management through the hunting experience