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Northeast Indiana Chapter 182
A major priority for Chapter 182 is to introduce Youth to Conservation and Hunting, and more importantly, safe Hunting. conducted nineteen (23) Hunter Education In total, there have been twenty three (23) Hunter Education sessions involving over 600 youth participants.
Also, from 2009 thru 2018 the Chapter conducted a Youth Dove Hunt at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife area near Mongo, IN. To provide adequate supervision and assure everyone's safety, this hunt is limited to 14-16 young hunters each year.
For the past eighteen (18) years, the Chapter has sponsored a Youth Pheasant Hunt, and this has involved over 600 young men and women. This is normally on the first Saturday in December. There is one group of hunters in the morning and one group in the afternoon with the Chapter providing lunch for all participants. The session begins with a Safety meeting, then the young hunters go to the trap line for further instruction and practice. The final step is to actually go out in the field, and, with the assistance of advisors and dog handlers, they get to hunt real pheasants. Many thanks to the Officers and Members of the St Joe Valley Trap and Skeet Club for making their outstanding facility available for this event.
Northeast Indiana Chapter 182 Education Initiatives
As indicated in Chapter 182's Mission statement, we place a high priority on public awareness and education, and many of our initiatives are focused on our Youth, since they will play such a large part in continuing the stewardship of our conservation heritage. Among the activities undertaken by the Chapter are:
Hunter Education Classes-The Chapter has hosted 36 classes for over 720 participants. Contact Phyllis Keckler for more information. Youth Mentor Hunts- thirty two (32) Mentor Hunts have been held with nearly 700 participants. These hunts were originally for pheasants but in recent years dove hunts have been added and are very popular. Hunter Safety is a primary focus during the Mentor Hunts.
Field Days-Chapter 182 has held eleven (11) Field Days with a focus on habitat creation and maintenance, and conservation practices. These Field Days typically involve participation by DNR, Fish and Wildlife, and others who are experienced experts in the area of habitat and consevation.
Leopold Education Workshop Participation-We have sent ten (10) people to Leopold Education Workshops, which are considered the premier Conservation forum in the U.S..
These are just some examples of what Chapter 182 is doing in the area of awareness and education. This will continue to be an important priority for our Organization