Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Hookmaster

Youth Waterfowl Results

25 posts in this topic

I took my 12-year old son out for his first hunt on Saturday. It was only the second time shooting a shotgun. He got 3 ducks and dropped another one that got away from us but some other hunters got it so it was not lost. He missed on some others but don't we all? It was one of the proudest days of my life. He's already asked when he gets to go again. How did others do?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had a ton of fun. Took my daughter, age 11, and son, age 9 out. They teamed up on the first duck and my son got 3 more with his single shot 20 gauge. This was his first time shooting a shotgun. They are both hooked and will be going out with me this season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brother and I took our kids out and got skunked, but not for lack of birds.

Had two geese come in seperately and put the landing gear out right in front of the kids only to fly away un-harmed. They got a couple of shots off at ducks too, but luck wasn't on there side that day - You should've seen the look on those kids faces with a big honker kicked out 15 feet in front of them - Priceless

Youth Waterfowl day is great and now we have three more hunters to help promote the sport. Good job MN DNR - Keep up the good work.

DL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Dad and I took my son Brandon(10), smallie hawgins kid Braden(10), and my nephew Cameron(15).

Quick side note:

I have seen several posts asking when a kid can hunt. Brandon has been doing youth day since 6 years old. He shot 2 ducks that year. No shooting of flying ducks was allowed until last year. And his first flying duck he shot at, he dropped.

Back to the report.

Fantastic morning.

My son Brandon and SH's son Braden.

DSC02259Medium.jpg

Bradens first duck ever. Taken at about 15 ft. Tough shot with no pattern! laugh.gif

Poor Smallie Hawgin.... Now his kid wants to duck hunt too. LOL

As if they didnt have a busy enough schedule before. Hehehe

DSC02266Medium.jpg

DSC02267Medium.jpg

Brandons first goose ever. 11 lbs 15oz.

There was some grinnin going on all day.

DSC02269Medium.jpg

What a great day!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome! Can't wait to take my youngster out some day. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hookmaster... success must be from those field day instructors at firearms training!

Hopefully he was able to pull the trigger from whatever position he ended up in! The classroom and the field, what a world of difference!

Glad to hear you had success. Sounds like Canvasback Crossing put a few birds down, too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great photos BLB!

Those kids don't look excited, do they? grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was 15 when my friend jake's dad took me and jake out hunting. I loved to the from ducked i folded I was just hooked and I loved it ever since. I don't wait until I can take out my little brother.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

all the anti-youth hunt crowd should take a good look at those happy, proud faces. great photos!! took the 5 yo son and 6 yo nephew out grouse hunting this weekend and had a blast having them tag along, and i actually found some birds. but boy to they let you have it when you miss..lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BLB, that is 1 huge lookn goose!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

11 lbs 15 oz.

I just happened to have my digital scale that I use for weighing fish. grin.gif

Brandon asked about 20 times if we could mount it.

It was hard to say no, but if one gets mounted, its gonna be one of them mega monster giant canadians.

I do plan on mounting one, if I can get one approaching the teens in weight.

I have a teeny tiny cackler mounted, thats about the size of one of the greenheads I have mounted. I want a giant mounted that I can put near the cackler for size comparison.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

It was hard to say no, but if one gets mounted, its gonna be one of them mega monster giant canadians.


A 20 pounder? grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those are some great pictures and some stories that will be retold forever. I remember when I took my boy's on their first duck hunt....they still talk about it.

What makes me uncomfortable is the number of posts that say "it was the first time he or she ever shot a gun"???

I hope you meant first time "duck hunting". Because if that is the first time they ever shot a gun, that is an accident waiting to happen! With birds flying and all the excitement.....bad things can happen with an inexperienced hunter handling a gun.

My boy's shot trap and sporting clay's many times before they ever got in a hunting blind. They need to be comfortable and confident with a firearm before they get into a hunting situation.

Just my 2 cents!

Keep up the good work of taking your kids with you hunting and fishing........you will not regrat it!!!!! You will only regret it if you don't!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll bite.

This was my sons 4th season for youth duck day. Been shooting since 6 years old.

Braden shot his first duck with us. He has been shooting guns for a couple years.

My nephew has been shooting and hunting since 10 years old, he is 15 now.

It's all cool here. With that said, the 10 year olds were never more than about 2 ft from me. And they were very impressive with the whereabouts of their guns and direction of the barrel at all times.

Cant wait for this weekend!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont have an opinion either way about the youth hunts but i do know that nobody in any of our hunting partys were able to use a loaded gun untill they had their firearms certificat.It seems like it would be a much safer situation after going though the program.It does seem kind of strange thst kids could hunt and use a gun before they went through the program.Burl.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why wait for them to get a certificate?

There is no better teacher then yourself, to instill a solid foundation in your kid.

My 10 year old handles firearms better then some adults I have seen. The certificate isnt the sure cure for getting kids ready.

Each kid is different. Some arent ready to shoot/hunt until much older than 12 years old as well.

My 2 cents.

I have had 4 memorable years hunting with my kid already. Never been a moment where safety was at risk. Memories!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will second the opinion that each kid is different ! Also, Awesome pic's !!! grin.gif

My wife and I have been going around with when our son will be "ready" to hunt he is 5yrs old. I started when I was able to walk (as has my son) by playing with the birds when they were brought home by dad grin.gif Then they "tag" along (just this last weekend up grouse huntin') (boy they do razz ya when you miss...lol) He has been packing his clothes for the last month on when we are going duck hunting, and playing duck hunting in the bath tub, well, this weekend kid !!!! HE won't be shooting a gun, but I did buy him a little feeder decoy so he can run that (he calls it Suzzie) and he is more Jacked up than me (NOT grin.gif) I can't wait. I was able to duck hunt with a 4-10 when I was 8. I am thinking he is right on that schedule. We will have to see, IMO..If you wait till they are 12 these youngsters are lost you have to capatalize on the their interest before the nintendo steals it (j/k)

ALL I am saying is I never really liked the "youth hunt" until I sat down and thought about it. Are we teaching kids they need to kill birds or shoot a box of shells to be successful ? you can't deny the numbers and interest in this sport are dwindeling and if this gets more involved so be it!!!! I hope everyone brings their kids out on opener too !!! That is how WE ALL learned !!! KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB DADS, GOOD LUCK this weekend, be safe and shoot straight !!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wish Wisconsin had some of Mn laws. Kids in Wi. can't hunt till they have a hunters safety class and they are 12 years old. Would be cool to let them whack at a few sitters when they are ten or eleven years old. I think anything under that is just to young for my kids to waterfowl hunt with a gun JMO. Not all kids are the same and its up to their parents and I respect that. I don't want people telling me how to raise my kids and I wouldn't tell any how to raise theirs. Cool pics and stories BLB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is more involved than just getting a certificate.Having been involved with teaching the training you see all kinds of crazy things that could happen if the the situation is not totaly controlled by the adult.In my opinion i dont think a child at that age has enough experiance or knoledge to make good decisions in a crazy envovirement like duck hunting were you could have birds coming from different directions and dogs involved.I do know that the firearms training is very vaulable tool to train these younger kids for correct handling of firearms.Burl.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No argument there. But I stand firm that the training just doesnt make 12 year olds ready.

I appreciate that you have taught, but I still believe getting the kids involved before that will make them all the more a safer hunter.

I'll put my 10 year old up to a test for safe firearms handling any day of the week.

The simple fact is some kids are ready at different times than others. I think having my son in the goose blind with me for the late season goose hunt when he wasnt even 3 years old was a great start to him learning. Hence at 6 we went duck hunting. grin.gif

I want it very clear, I dont throw a gun in his hands and tell him to start blasting. I am right there, coaching every move.

Ooops. WE have gotten way off the original topic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We did great, 6 kids ranging in age from 8 to 12 or 13, I can't remember, ended up with 18 birds. Lots of fun & smiles. Haven't missed a year of the youth season yet, between nephews, neighbors and now mine in his third year at 10 y/o. Passing on the tradition, enjoying the morning. Have a great and safe opener everyone, see you on the slough.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BLB,

if I shot that goose I would be grinning all day too. I've been hunting ducks for 11 years and can count on one hand the amount of geese I have shot that size or bigger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My sons first ducks. DSC_0592.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

samtroy, Awsome pic. Congrats to your son on his first hunt. He will think of that day on every opener to come.

Nice looking lab.

Dan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All - good stories and great pic's. My point is not how old your child is and not how good of shot you think he is or if he has gone through gun safety class. My point is to take the time to bring your child to a trap range or open field 1 on 1 and shot some clay targets. Get your child comfortable loading, unloading and shooting the firearm. Make sure the firearm fits your child comfortably. May be take them to your duck hunting spot a few weeks early and watch the birds with an unloaded gun and talk through a few situations that can happen. I am sure many of the youth hunters in the previous posts have been in the duck blind a few years before actually hunting. That's perfect.

The Gun Safety Course is a requirement for all young hunters. But as we all know, experience in the field is the best teacher. The Gun Safety course does provide a sound foundation for young hunters and thank you to all the volunteers that put on these programs around the state.

I am a guide at a game farm and I can tell you that there are more than a few adults that should take a refresher Gun Safety Course. It is the excite of the hunt, inexperience and the desire to kill that bird is what can cause bad hunting decisions.

Good luck and safe hunting to all of you and your families this season!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • rundrave
      Love seeing guys out training dogs but you can really do  some serious damage to your dogs neck if it runs hard for a long distance before being stopped suddenly when the check cord is attached to a collar. I would suggest a harness instead that has attachment at the back that you can clip your check cord to. It will also flow off the back and less likely to get tangled up in the legs and belly which can also be dangerous especially when in the water.   It doesnt look deep where you are but you never know whats under the water that could snag your check cord. Sorry dont mean to preach but I have seen it first hand where a dog has been seriously injured from this. I know the prey drive and hard charge these dogs have, but you got to keep them safe.   good luck
    • Chill62
      Can you keep smallies from the Ottertail?  Thought there was a restriction on them in there.
    • Chill62
      If I go on an infected water I get it cleaned regardless.  Granted 99% of the time I fish a non-infected lake but still get it cleaned just incase.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Comfort Lake, near Wyoming in Chisago County.  The DNR confirmed reports from a lake resident who found individual zebra mussels in two different areas of Comfort Lake. The resident had previously attended a volunteer aquatic invasive species identification training conducted by the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District. A follow-up survey by local partners and the DNR confirmed dispersed zebra mussels, indicating a possible reproducing population. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels. The DNR encourages all lake users to watch for zebra mussels and other invasive species and to contact the DNR if they find a suspected species that would be new to the lake. This confirmation is an important reminder to follow the state’s invasive species laws: Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species. Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport. Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Zebra mussels are an invasive (non-native) species that can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes. Less than two percent of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes are listed as infested with zebra mussels. More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County, near several other lakes where zebra mussels were previously confirmed. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels in separate locations about 75 feet from the public access. Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels. The spread of invasive species is not inevitable, even when lakes are near others where zebra mussels and other invasive species have been confirmed. It’s an important reminder to follow the state’s invasive species laws: Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport. Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Zebra mussels are an invasive (non-native) species that can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes. Less than two percent of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes are listed as infested with zebra mussels. More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Thousands of common carp died last month in Waseca County’s Lake Elysian because of a virus likely introduced to Minnesota waters by the release or escape of ornamental koi or pet goldfish.  Decomposing carp A joint effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the University of Minnesota have determined koi herpesvirus (KHV) was the main cause of the late-June fish kill in southern Minnesota. It is the state’s first documented case of the virus in a wild fish population. KHV does not affect humans and is not believed to affect other fish species. First documented in the United Kingdom in 1996, the virus has since been documented worldwide, mostly in countries that culture koi or common carp. This virus can cause disease in koi and common carp. Goldfish can be carriers of the virus but typically do not show signs of the disease. “The virus can be present in a lake without causing a fish kill, at least not until the right conditions are present,” said DNR fisheries pathology lab supervisor Ling Shen. “KHV is highly contagious, and as we’ve seen, very capable of causing large-scale die-offs of common carp.” Initially, DNR pathology lab analysis indicated the fish kill was caused by columnaris disease, which is spread by a particular bacterium. But further testing of common carp samples by the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Nicholas Phelps identified KHV as the primary cause of the fish kill. Columnaris now is considered a secondary contributor. “Many people don’t realize that koi are essentially just colorful carp so ultimately they are the same species and not native to Minnesota,” said Craig Soupir, DNR’s Waterville area fisheries supervisor. “What this incident tells us is the virus can be introduced by human action – a goldfish or koi was likely released from a home aquarium or pond into Lake Elysian or a connecting waterway.” The disease also can be transported through the moving of infected water, by migration of infected carp or on various surfaces. The DNR reminds the public that releasing ornamental fish into the wild has consequences and is illegal. Residents looking to dispose of exotic species are urged to contact their area DNR fisheries or wildlife office or local humane society. To prevent the spread of diseases such as KHV and invasive species, anglers and boaters need to clean their watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species; drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport; and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. In Minnesota, compliance with aquatic invasive species laws in Minnesota has increased to 96 percent, based on more than 417,000 watercraft inspections in 2016. The DNR provides training to watercraft inspectors employed by local units of government and tribes. Last year, the DNR trained a record 857 non-DNR inspectors across the state. More information, including a 30-second public service announcement about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, is available on the aquatic invasive species page. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      It took citizen input and lots of planning, but it’s open, it’s beautiful, and it needs visitors. A celebration of the 940-acre La Salle Lake State Recreation Area in Hubbard County will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.  La Salle Lake The Minnesota state parks and trails celebration includes activities ranging from a pontoon boat ride on La Salle Lake to guided tours of the facilities and a host of activities and presentations. Visitors can check out the picnic pavilion, expanded parking area, nature play area and River Overlook interpretive hiking trail that leads to the confluence of the Mississippi River and La Salle Creek. Those feeling especially energetic, can head off to hike the narrow, rugged, 6.5-mile Challenge Trail that circles the lake. Events include: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Pontoon Tours
      Ride on the pontoon to hear about the unique qualities of La Salle Lake, the deepest lake (213 feet) entirely within the state. Meet at the boat ramp. 10 a.m. – Scientific and Natural Area Tour
      Learn about the jack pine blow down and current resource management, and walk to the confluence of the Mississippi River and La Salle Creek. Meet at the River Overlook Trailhead at the SNA (north side of County Road 9). 10 a.m. – Facilities Walking Tour
      Walk through the picnic area, cabin area and campground to view current facilities and hear a bit of site history. Meet at the picnic shelter. 10 a.m. – noon (ongoing) – Archery
      Try shooting an arrow with a youth bow. Ages 8 and up. (Young children may like to play at the nearby Nature Play Area.) Meet at the picnic shelter/parking lot area. 11:30 a.m. – Refreshments
      Meet at the picnic shelter. Noon – Speakers
      Meet at the picnic shelter. These activities are free, but vehicles must have a permit ($7/day or $35/year) to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. La Salle Lake SRA is managed cooperatively by the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails, Fish and Wildlife, Forestry and Ecological and Water Resources divisions, and is a satellite unit of Itasca State Park, which is located about 8 miles away. Established in 2011, La Salle Lake SRA offers hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing. It includes La Salle Lake Scientific and Natural Area, which supports numerous rare plant and animal species. The forested landscape features red and jack pine forests and woodlands, large white pine, balsam fir and white spruce forests, and a high quality old-growth northern white cedar forest. In addition to La Salle Lake and La Salle Creek, it also features more than one-half mile of Mississippi River Headwaters shoreline. The Trust for Public Land, a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization, partnered with the DNR to transfer the property to public ownership. The property was purchased with funds dedicated to environmental projects. The majority of the $8.49 million in funding came from the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Act – specifically the Outdoor Heritage Fund through a grant from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Additional funding was provided by the Parks and Trails Fund and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Driving directions La Salle Lake State Recreation Area is 233 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and 8 miles northeast of Itasca State Park. From the north: From Shevlin, take Clearwater County Road 2 south 13.5 miles to Clearwater County Road 40 and continue east on Hubbard County Road 9 for 2.5 miles. From the south: From the north entrance of Itasca State Park, take Clearwater County Road 2 north 6 miles to Clearwater County Road 40 and continue east on Hubbard County Road 9 for 2.5 miles. From the east: From Highway 71, take Hubbard County Road 9 west for 12 miles to Becida, then continue west for 4 miles. For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Agency employees from 3 states prepare for international assignment The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending 10 firefighters to Canada to help fight wildfires. Together with firefighters from Wisconson and Michigan, they will be part of a three 20-member crew assisting British Columbia firefighters in the southeastern portion of their province. Ontario firefighters will fill in the crew vacancies.  The firefighters departed from the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, July 25, for a briefing in Dryden, Ontario. A day later, they then flew to British Columbia and headed to their staging area in Kamloops. Firefighters commit to a 14-day assignment, though the specific fire has not been assigned at this time. “Helping fight fires in British Columbia is a great opportunity for Minnesota wildland firefighters to learn new procedures, form new partnerships and see new country,” said Rebekah Luedtke, Minnesota Incident Command Systems coordinator. “This will benefit Minnesota by providing training and experience that can be used at home.” Due to dry and humid conditions, numerous fires and personnel shortages, British Columbia requested assistance from their partners in the Pacific Northwest, Canadian and national interagency fire centers. Ontario, also facing limited resources, enacted the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) to seek support from their partners in the United States. The partnership allows for cooperation and collaboration across international borders as well as learning and training experiences for staff to hone their skills and expertise. Crews work together toward a common purpose and leverage resources for maximum effectiveness. Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, along with Ontario and Manitoba, are members of GLFFC to promote effective prevention, pre-suppression and forest fire control in the Great Lakes region of the United States and adjacent areas of Canada. The partnership allows for sharing ideas, technology, tools, personnel and resources. Most of the time equipment resources are shared. It has been several years since human resources have been shared. For more wildfire information, visit the wildfire page. Learn more about GLFFC at www.glffc.com. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Gimp
      Fisherjmb - After I posted that, I looked into any news on Beanie's being sold. Here's what I found: http://www.stcroix360.com/2016/09/new-owners-of-lakeland-boat-landing-seek-to-celebrate-god-on-the-st-croix/ The article is from a year ago and I couldn't find anything more recent. Interesting to say the least.
    • Wanderer
      Shagawa in Ely has a public beach.  That's the closest to Bear Head that I know of.  You'd have to launch a ways across the lake but you could just motor over to it.