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Tom Flynn: 603-536-1290     
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April 1, 2010

Outdoor Summer Youth Programs Offered at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center

HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Youth ages 10-15 will have a chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills at summer youth programs being offered in July and August at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  Programs are open to all children ages 10-15 interested in learning new skills and knowledge related to shooting sports, hunting and outdoor skills.

Programs will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning July 6 and ending July 29, 2010. Tuesdays will be for children ages 10-12, and Thursdays will be for children ages 13-15. In addition, two Certification weeks will be offered during which students will have the opportunity to earn either their Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education certifications.  Youth who attend and meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education and or Bowhunter Education Certification card.  Participants may register for one or more sessions.  The sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Participants must bring a bag lunch.

Registration opens April 1, 2010.  Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited -- enrollment is limited to 20 youth 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.

To watch a 3-minute video about the summer youth program at Owl Brook, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Following is the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center summer youth program schedule for 2010:
 
Week 1:
Bowhunting/Archery skills 
Tuesday July 6 (10-12 year olds) - FULL
Thursday July 8 (13-15 year olds) - FULL

Week 2:
Girls Only Bowhunting/Archery skills 
Tuesday July 13 (10-12 year olds) - FULL
Thursday July 15 (13-15 year olds) - Still Room!

Week 3:
Shooting Sports

Tuesday July 20 (10-12 year olds) - FULL
Thursday July 22 (13-15 year olds) - FULL

Week 4:
Introduction to Hunting

Tuesday July 27 (10-12 year olds) - FULL
Thursday July 29 (13-15 year olds) - Still Room!

Week 5:
Bowhunter Education Certification
Week - FULL
August 3, 4 and 5 (ages 12-15)
Must attend all days listed;
Certification issued upon completion

Week 6:
Hunter Education Certification Week
- FULL
August 10, 11, 12 and 14 (age 12-15)
Must attend all days listed;
Certification issued upon completion

“Research has shown that more and more youth are being removed from the outdoor way of life,” said Josh McKay, 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.huntnh.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.huntnh.com.

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