Our mentorship program provides some basic information before the season and then matches new hunters (old and young) with a more experienced waterfowler. The program does not provide specific access to private land or act as a guide service. Everyone puts in the work. Our goal is to help give you the tools and knowledge to become a successful hunter and pass on the values of sportsmanship, etiquette, and conservation.
If you would like to be paired with a mentor or if you would like to share some of your knowledge by mentoring, please contact our Mentorship Coordinator Paul McGovern at email@example.com
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.
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.