Limestone County 4-H is excited to announce our newest community club the 4-H Hunting and Outdoor Skills community club. We plan to start offering this after school club in August of 2016 to any youth in our community that are between the ages of 9-18. Our team of instructors are compromised of certified 4-H volunteers that are also hunter education and youth shooting team coaches, with 20-40+ years of experience in the field. Two of our instructors will be traveling to Bryant Pond, Maine in June to become National level instructors for 4-H Hunting and Outdoor Skills.
The curriculum for this program begins with an introduction to hunting. Youth will learn the history of and why we hunt; hunting ethics; laws and regulations; landowner relations; wildlife management; and careers in hunting, shooting sports & wildlife management.
After this we move to learning about the different types of hunting through learning about different types of firearms as well as archery and camera. Lastly, we will get ready for the hunt by planning, making camp, and more firearm safety and survival. Youth will also learn about techniques including types of hunting from stalking, to tree stands, blinds, and dogs, followed by recovering, field care, and processing of game.
We concentrate mainly on specific species such as rabbits, squirrels, white-tailed deer, pheasants, waterfowl, and turkeys.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful set of instructors in our county that want to teach our youth about safe hunting practices.
If your child is interested in participating in this program please contact the Limestone County Extension Office at 256-232-5510.