The 2018 Eastern Ontario Youth Hunt Collaborative (EOYHC) is under way. Registration and orientation evening, the first leg of this adventure took place Tuesday June 6.
. Apprentices and parents had a chance to meet the instructor and some of the many sponsors. The evening also featured a dog-handling demonstration by NAVHDA ( North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association).
The normal cost for the course is $300.00. The costs are significantly reduced for this program due to the generous support of a number of sponsors. The $100 fee covers everything – course, skeet shoot, upland hunt, goose hunt, etc.
Youth memberships to several hunting organizations are also included (e.g., Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Quality Deer Management Association). The Apprentices were provided with other items as well such as hunting vests, hats, and whistles donated by sponsors and other supporters.
The second part of the journey was the Ontario Hunter Education Program and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. This “One Stop Course” was held July 9,10 and 11th, taught by Len Dickinson. The course had a few interesting breaks, a trapping demonstration and a meeting with a Conservation Officer.
Part three of this course was on the morning of July 20th the apprentices visited the Smiths Falls fish and game club range. Here they had an opportunity to try their hand at Skeet shooting. Many Thanks to Jim Stewart and Denis Labelle for keeping all things safe and a fun experience for everyone.
In the afternoon, the apprentices were graciously hosted by Murray and Judy Kemp at their property near Richmond for an Upland Bird Hunt.
Expert dog handlers from the Ottawa Valley NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) were on hand which made for an incredible experience for all the Apprentices and Mentors.
The fourth section of this amazing educational learning experience will be on October 21st The goose hunt, it will be guided by Ryan Reynolds of Capital Waterfowling. More details will follow.
A new program component this year is an optional Trapping Field Day. It will be hosted at the Hopetown Community Centre on November 24, 2018. Apprentices will have an opportunity to go out into the field to see first-hand how sets are made. They will also have an opportunity to learn about handling furs from experienced instructors.
For all hunts the Apprentice (child) will hunt with a QUALIFIED MENTOR
Guns are supplied by OFAH Zone F for the hunt (20-gauge youth shotguns)
Some photos of the Apprentices and Mentors.