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Tom Flynn: 603-536-1290  
Jane Vachon: 603-271-5619
April 22, 2008 

Outdoor Summer Youth Program Offered at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- Youth age 10-15 will have a chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills at a summer youth program being offered in August at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  Sessions are open to area recreation departments, scout troops, other youth groups and individuals.

2008 program days devoted to shooting sports will be offered on selected Tuesdays -- August 5, 12 and 19.  Bowhunting skills will be the theme on Wednesdays -- August 6, 13 and 20.  Days exploring general outdoor skills will be offered on Thursdays -- August 7, 14 and 21.   Each of the dates for a scheduled activity covers the same material.  Participants may register for one session, or additional days to experience different activities.  The sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Participants must bring a bag lunch. 

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited -- enrollment is limited to 20 boys and girls per day -- so please register early.  To register, call (603) 536-3954.  There is no charge for the sessions.  Each program is hands-on, and all participants will be encouraged to be involved."

"Research has shown that more and more youth are being removed from the outdoors way of life," said Josh Mackay, Hunter Education Program Assistant at Owl Brook. "The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center would like to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors, so we are offering these skill-based summer workshops to help them discover what it's all about."

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate individuals in the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state's natural resources.  Its facilities include shooting ranges, classroom space and interpretive trails.  To learn more about the Owl Brook and find directions to the center, please visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Activities at Owl Brook are made possible by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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