EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Free outdoor sessions offered at Owl Brook

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HOLDERNESS — Registration is now open for free youth day programs this summer at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

These programs give boys and girls ages 10 to 15 the chance to learn about the shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August at Owl Brook, which is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space is limited; enrollment is limited to 20 youth per day. To register, call 536-3954. There is no charge for the sessions. Each program is hands-on, and all participants will be encouraged to be involved.

Day programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 9 and ending Aug. 8. Tuesdays will be for youth ages 10- to 2 and Thursdays will be for youth ages 13 to 15.

In addition, girls ages 10 to 15, a girls-only archery will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and “Girls Only Shooting Sports Day” will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Another popular offering is a dual Hunter Education Certification week that will take place on Aug. 13-16, during which students have the opportunity to earn both their Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education certifications. Youth ages 12 to 15 who attend and meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Certification card.

Participants may register for one or more sessions, which are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For specific sessions and daters, visit wildnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

“New Hampshire is still a relatively rural state, but fewer youth are taking advantage of outdoor opportunities,” said Tom Flynn, program manager at Owl Brook. “The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors. These free, skill-based summer workshops are a fun way to help them discover what it’s all about.”

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate individuals in the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state’s natural resources.