Youth hunters wanted to help thin herd during gun season

The Washington SWCD is looking for kids to join our youth hunting program FYI. Every year the Washington Soil & Water Conservation District holds a youth program called Farmer Youth Initiative (FYI) during Ohio’s two day youth gun season. The FYI program allows youth to assist landowners in controlling deer damage by using the harvest control method.

Youth enrolled in the program attend a mandatory orientation day. Orientation day is very busy. The youths meet their guides and receive their hunting assignments. They review hunter ethics, gun safety, proper game care; they are allowed to gain shooting experience. Each child receives their hunting license & permit, ammunition for orientation day and the youth season, field dressing gloves, a knife to dress game out with, basic survival kit, and a free deer processing certificate if they harvest a deer. We also provide anything else they may need to have a positive day in the woods such as firearms, clothing, and foot wear. The Saturday evening of youth season we give the young hunters a chance to get a warm meal and share their hunting stories at our hunter dinner. The best part is that this is all done at no cost to the child. For more information contact the SWCD office at 740-885-3318.