HSCF works to preserve the future of hunting & conservation through youth mentoring programs and education.
HSCF provides programs which introduce a new generation of young people to the outdoors. These programs provide interactive experiences in the classroom, in the field and on the water. We annually host 200 area high school students for a day of career introductions to outdoor-related professions, at our annual convention. In addition, we host almost 100 students for hunting and fishing experiences each year. We are firm believers and supports of the R3 initiative (Recruiting, Retaining and Reactivating hunting and shooting sports participants).
Hunting and fishing trip participant groups are small by design, consisting of four to six young people and their adult guides. Limited numbers allow for more thorough hunter or outdoor education and in-depth instruction. Young hunters learn about various conservation efforts by hunting on sponsor ranches that must harvest an abundance of animals in order to maintain their specific wildlife management program. Many different youth hunting, fishing and outdoor experiences are sponsored by HSCF.
For hunting events, hunter safety is priority one and each participant is monitored by a responsible adult guide, who is always in complete control of their assigned firearm. In addition, the hunters are taken to a firing range to practice with an identical or similar rifle prior to entering the field. The goal is for every hunt to prove successful, with all youth hunters harvesting an animal and coming away from the program with a lifelong respect for wildlife conservation.
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