Northwest Youth and Veteran Hunts
Our Northwest chapter sponsors a youth hunt in the early youth season and a youth/veteran hunt during the late season. Partnering with the Edison Gun Club,
Swinomish Hunt Club, and The Nature Conservancy, we are able to provide an outstanding opportunity to youth and veteran hunters. Our members also donate their time and equipment to make sure that our participants are all set to have the best hunt possible.
Willipa Youth Hunts
Getting started hunting waterfowl can be intimidating. What gear do I need? Where should I go? How do I call? When can I hunt? We are developing a multi-part curriculum to help answer some of these questions. Many people are getting into hunting that do not come from hunting families. Hunter education teaches people how to hunt safely, but not how to hunt. We are trying to bridge that gap. Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates on class dates.
This year we began our mentor program. We pair hunters that are new to the sport or new to the area with a more experienced member to go on at least 2 hunts throughout the season. We help introduce the hunter to the area, safety protocols, and best practices. We provide a general outline and a system to pair these hunters together, but each mentee is unique and we leave it up to our mentors to tailor their mentorship to the needs of their mentee and their personal hunting style. In the 2020-2021 season we paired 12 mentees with mentors.
Every year, the Seattle Chapter hosts a youth shoot at Kenmore Gun Range. This event is open to the public and aims to introduce children 16 and under to trap shooting. The chapter provides 20 gauge shotguns for the kids to use during the shoot. Following a safety talk, the kids are paired with a WWA member to guide and mentor them through a round or 2 of trap shooting.
This program was pioneered for 13 years by life member #10, the late Larry Gordon. Larry donated and worked with other members to procure the 20 gauge shotguns for this event and put in a lot of leg work organizing and executing this event.