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Idaho Department of Fish and Game pheasant, waterfowl hunts for youths with no mentors

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is sponsoring two mentored youth hunts in the Upper Snake Region this year – one waterfowl and one pheasant hunt.

The waterfowl hunt will be Saturday, September 29, at the Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area. The pheasant hunt will be on Saturday, October 6, at the Market Lake Wildlife Management Area north of Roberts.

"Both events are meant to provide opportunities for first time youth hunters between the ages of 10 and 15 that do not have a mentor to take them hunting," said regional volunteer coordinator James Brower, who is organizing the outings.

Fish and Game will provide mentors and all the equipment required for the hunt, including firearms and waders. Youths will be required to purchase a youth hunting license before the hunt.

"This means that they will need to have already completed a hunter education course previously," Brower said.

Waterfowl hunters are also required to buy a migratory bird permit in advance, but a Federal Waterfowl Stamp is not required for youth under 16.

"Participating youth must have transportation to and from the hunting area, but some accommodations may be arranged," Brower said. "We plan on having two time slots available for each event."

Both will have a morning hunt from about 7:30 a.m. to noon and an afternoon hunt from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with lunch provided to all participants. The pheasant day will begin with a clay pigeon shoot to improve accuracy and evaluate competency. At both events anyone that demonstrates unsafe behavior will immediately be excused from participation. Parents are welcome to attend but not required.

"This will be a great opportunity to get youth out in the field with an experienced guide. We plan on having tons of fun and making lifelong memories," Brower said.

Anyone interested in this event or who knows a youth that would be, complete an application at the Fish and Game office at 4279 Commerce Circle in Idaho Falls. Space is limited and walk ins will not be accepted.

Applications must be turned in by September 25. For questions contact James Brower at 208-525-7290, or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD) or by email at james.brower@idfg.idaho.gov.

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