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FYI program to begin Nov. 21

Each year the Washington Soil & Water Conservation District holds a youth program called Farmer Youth Initiative (FYI). This program is designed to get youth interested in hunting during Ohio’s two-day youth gun season, which is Nov. 21 and 22 this year. The FYI program allows youth, coming primarily from urban areas, single parent or limited income homes, to hunt private property, assisting landowners by controlling deer population through the harvesting of does.

In the past, youth in the FYI program would have had a hunter education course but now Ohio has an apprentice hunting license program were youth may hunt with a licensed adult.

Youth are outfitted with all the tools they need in order to have a safe, ethical, and successful hunt. Each youth enrolled in the program receive the following:

¯ Hunting license and permit.

¯ Lunch on orientation day.

¯ Dinner on day of the youth hunt.

¯ Ammunition for orientation day and the Youth season.

¯ Field dressing gloves.

¯ A knife to dress game out with.

¯ A basic survival kit.

¯ A adult guide (if needed).

¯ A property to hunt (if needed).

¯ Anything else they may need to hunt.

In addition to the tools, all youth enrolled in the program attend a mandatory aorientation day. It will be held Saturday, where they meet their guides and receive their assigned hunting property. Participants will also review hunter ethics, gun safety, proper game care, and what it means to be a good marksman.

At the end of orientation, the enrolled will be allowed to gain shooting experience to achieve good marksmanship for an ethical harvest. For more information please contact Hannah at the SWCD office at 740-885-3318.

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