By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Oklahoma Youth Hunting and Shooting Program is looking for Payne County teens who want to learn about hunting and go on their first hunt.
The program is designed for teens 12-17 years old who do not have anyone in their families to teach them the sports of hunting and shooting, program spokesman Andy Keim said.
The application period closes Tuesday. Contact Keim at 405-747-1919.
The youth hunting program is designed to attract more young people to shooting and hunting, Keim said.
“The average age of a hunter in the United States is 63,” Keim said. “Our effort gives kids the opportunity to hunt.”
In 2012, the program took 47 male and female teens on their first hunts. Volunteers donate land on which to hunt. A hunt master and program volunteers make sure the first-time hunters learn proper techniques and have an enjoyable time.
A parent or guardian must accompany the teen on the hunt. They also will have to provide their own transportation to the hunting site. The youth hunting program will provide firearms, ammunition, food, lodging and hunter safety equipment, Keim said.
The only other expense the youth hunter will incur is the purchase of a deer tag for $10.
Additional program information is available at the program’s website, OklahomaYouthHunting.org.