ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Four rod and gun associations in the province are teaming up with the provincial government to teach hunting skills to young people through workshops.
Forestry and wildlife officials with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will offer support to the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club, Notre Dame Rod and Gun Association, Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association, and the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association.
The workshops, which are open to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, will focus on wildlife conservation, safe and responsible hunting practices, firearm safety, bow-hunting techniques, and outdoor survival skills, according to a release from the department.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with local rod and gun clubs, Indigenous groups, local interest groups and businesses, as well as other provincial and national conservation organizations, to help mentor our young people,” Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Gerry Byrne said.
“Providing opportunities for our youth to learn important safety skills and wildlife conservation through education and practical training is essential. We acknowledge the efforts of all the organizations and volunteers in helping to make these workshops happen.”
Youth wishing to take part must pre-register by email and be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the workshop.
People are encouraged to sign up early as the numbers of available seats is limited. A nominal fee may be charged to cover costs associated with hosting the workshop.
* St. John’s Rod and Gun Club – Saturday, June 30 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Pre-register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Notre Dame Rod and Gun Association – Saturday, Aug. 4 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Pre-register by email: email@example.com.
* Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association – Saturday, Aug. 25 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Pre-register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association Range Facility – Saturday, Sept. 8 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Pre-register by email: email@example.com.