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April 15, 2009 

Outdoor Summer Youth Activities 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 summer youth activities being offered in July and August at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  Sessions are open to individuals, as well as area recreation departments, scout troops and other youth groups.

Pre-registration is required and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited -- enrollment is capped at 20 youth per day -- so register early.  To sign up, call (603) 536-3954.  There is no charge for the sessions.  Participants must bring a bag lunch.

For 2009, the summer youth programs at Owl Brook will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning July 7 and ending August 6.  Tuesdays will be for youth ages 10-12 only, and Thursdays will be for youth ages 13-15.  Each week focuses on a different outdoor skill.  Participants may register for one or more of the sessions.  Sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each program is hands-on, and all participants will be encouraged to be involved.

In addition, a special four-day Hunter Education Certification week will be offered for youth ages 12-15, in which youth who attend and meet all requirements will earn their Hunter Education Certification card.  This session will be held August 11, 12, 13, and 15; participants must attend all four days.  

The schedule for the weekly summer youth programs at Owl Brook is as follows:

Week 1:
Bowhunting/Archery skills
                                                        
Tuesday July 7 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday July 9 (13-15 year olds)

Week 2:
Shooting Sports

Tuesday July 14 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday July 16 (13-15 year olds)

Week 3:
Muzzleloading

Tuesday July 21(10-12 year olds)
Thursday July 23 (13-15 year olds)

Week 4:
Girls Only Shooting Sports

Tuesday July 28 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday July 30 (13-15 year olds)

Week 5:
Outdoor Education/Wildlife Conservation

Tuesday August 4 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday August 6 (13-15 year olds)

Week 6:  *Must attend all days listed
Hunter Education Week
(*Certification Issued upon completion)
August 11, 12, 13 and 15  *(age 12-15)

"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," said Josh McKay, Hunter Education Program Assistant at Owl Brook.  "Research has shown that more and more youth are becoming removed from the outdoors way of life, so there is a great need for these programs."

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate people 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 Owl Brook and find directions to the center, visit www.wildnh.com/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.  Visit www.WildNH.com.

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