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Clinics are intended for kids ages 11 to 16. Attendance
is capped at six students to provide a 1:1 ratio of mentors
to hunters. This reinforces not only the safety factor but
also the familial bond.
Jaden Standley, a Life Scout from Lee's Summit, attended
September's course with four of his fellow scouts
from Troop 895 in Independence. All had some experience
handling firearms, but only one had been hunting.
e definitely got some new skills under our belts like
how to carry firearms and pass them to other people respectfully
and treat all firearms with respect, " aden says.
I've never been hunting before, so I'm definitely ecited. "
Kelly, Jaden's mother, adds, " I didn't grow up hunting,
but I do think it's something he needs to know. It's a life
skill, more than anything, and I think it's important. "
tudents learn everything from the parts of a firearm to
how to safely carry it in the field to issouri's game laws.
Within 36 hours the newcomers have passed the test and
acquired all the tools they need to remain safe, ethical
hunters for the rest of their lives.
" It's designed to teach you some of the things that are
being lost the tradition and the camaraderie of it, " mentor
Jerri Lynn Keith tells a group of students. " It's not about
killing animals. It's about safety and conservation. "
At the heart of the program are around 80 volunteers
who comprise board members, hunter education instructors
and mentors, landowners and fundraisers. entors
instruct the course, coach shooters in the live-fire session
and teach the kids and parents proper field dressing
for their game. Happily, Stacie sees the general decline in
hunting experienced elsewhere in the nation is not happening
here in issouri. amilies have traveled from the
far corners of the state as well as neighboring Kansas and
Illinois to take part in the clinics. The real need, she says,
is for adult hunters to help mentor eager participants.
" The demand is there if they'll come that far, but it's
finding those avenues to get more people involved to put
these on, " tacie says. e have a good model and a good
program, we're just looking for more bodies to help expand
it across the state. "
There's one final component to passing on the hunting
tradition. After the morning hunt, the group reconvenes
for a camp lunch intended to recreate the campfire eperience.
Volunteers cook meat of the same type of game so
the kids can find out what it tastes like, and the newly
minted hunters share tales, true or tall, of the day afield.
ith the ritual, a new batch of issouri hunters is born.
They get to go around and tell lies about their hunt, "
Stacie says with a laugh. She adds, " You actually see the
kids come into the beginning of the clinic as strangers,
and by the end of the meal you can hardly get them apart.
They've made new friends over this bonding experience of
hunting. "
For more information on the Missouri Hunting Heritage
Federation, how to attend a clinic or become a mentor, visit
www.mhhf.us or follow the organization on Facebook.
Top: Steve Rulo quizzes Tavon about the location of the safety on a
semi-automatic shotgun. Center: David Rush shows Gideon and Jaden
how to work the lever-action rifle. Right: Steve watches Zach take
aim at a clay pigeon during the clinic's live-fire session.
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