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.