Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program helps kids and adults learn how to hunt.
Kids these days are not getting the same hunting opportunities they once had. With the number of hunters declining each season, Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries founded the Louisiana Hunting Heritage program to pair hunting mentors with youth who are eager to learn about the sport.
John Sturgis, wildlife biologist, coordinates the volunteers and pairs mentors and students together. Sturgis said:
We’ve been in this program for about three years and have some good success stories. We recognize that not everyone has had someone in their lives to introduce them to hunting. You and I grew up with a dad or uncle or neighbor who taught us the ropes but things are different today. Through this program, we hope to make a difference.
Apprentices start by taking a course on gun safety. Then their mentor takes them to a gun range to practice safety and shooting skills. Once the apprentice is ready, they head to the woods to learn how to read game signs and how to navigate in and out of the woods.
This program doesn’t just benefit the youth since a surprising number of adults have also become apprentices.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or an apprentice, contact John Sturgis via email at [email protected] or call him at 337.948.0255.
For complete information on the program and to download a questionnaire, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-hunting-heritage-program.