That’s why Michigan’s youth deer hunt is such a wonderful program.
Deer hunting — and hunting in general — is an important part of our heritage as Michigan residents. It’s also a huge part of our state’s economy, as hunters annually spend more than $2 billion on hunting, including trip-related expenses.
Years ago, young hunters were thrown into the fire, so to speak. Dads sent their boys out to the blind alone, in the dark, carrying a bow or a firearm, with the goal of killing a deer for the first time.
Today’s young hunters receive a much smoother introduction to the sport of deer hunting.
Now, with the youth deer hunt and the mentored youth hunt, youngsters are able to make their first trip hunting much less stressful. They walk out to the blind hand-in-hand with their dad, mom or other mentor. They sit next to that mentor, who can keep them company, offer advice and help with every step of the hunting process.
It’s no secret that there are dozens of other activities tugging at a kid's attention span. Sports. Jobs. Friends. They occupy time for much of the year.
But during those few wonderful weeks during the fall, when the leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter, there’s a chance to take your youngsters hunting.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has taken great strides to make it easier to introduce your youngster to the great outdoors.
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