Youth learn basics of waterfowl hunting

Ducks Unlimited has annual Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop

Fast Facts:

  • Youth learn about waterfowl hunting
  • Kids learned effective shotgun shooting and practiced skills
  • Free trailer with duck and goose hunting gear available for youth hunting

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 18, 2016 – Young hunting enthusiasts had a chance to learn more about the sport recently at Ducks Unlimited’ s annual Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop. DU partnered with North Dakota Game and Fish (NDGF) and the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club to teach kids the essentials of hunting waterfowl.

The youth and their parents went through five stations, including duck identification and hunting regulations, duck calling, dog training, firearm safety, and equipment for waterfowl hunting. At the duck calling station, each kid received a complimentary duck call, while learning how to use it. In the dog training station, they learned basic commands duck dogs should know and how dogs mark birds. The safety station included blind and gun safety taught by the NDGF. At the hunting equipment station, kids studied decoy setups, camouflage needed for waterfowl hunting and hunting ethics.

Lunch was provided by the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club. During this time parents and kids were able to ask questions and talk one on one with DU and NDGF employees to learn more about what they do for conservation and hunters in the state.

The families spent the afternoon at Capital City Sporting Clays where the kids were split into two groups and learned the proper way to shoot. Owner Mark Sandness helped the kids find their eye dominance and taught them proper shooting stance. Sandness also corrected the kids on their mistakes when they practiced shooting clay pigeons coming from machines.

Available to families with young hunters is a trailer with decoys and blinds used to hunt waterfowl. The trailer is sponsored by DU and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

By calling DU’s Bismarck office at (701) 355-3500, families with young hunters can reserve one of three equipment packages: a fully equipped trailer with goose and duck decoys for field hunting or one of two bags of floating duck decoys and marsh seats for duck hunting on a wetland.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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