Successful Waterfowl Day for Island youth

Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell speaks with Eric Paynter of the Delta Waterfowl Chapter at Saturday’s Youth Waterfowl Day.

More than 65 Island students now have knowledge of wildlife, hunting safety, and outdoor skills that they will carry with them their entire lives, says Communities, Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell.

“Congratulations to the organizers of the 2016 Youth Waterfowl Day for holding another successful education event – their effort and dedication was matched only by the enthusiasm of the youth who participated,” Minister Mitchell said. “Through programs such as this, people with extensive wildlife experience can pass along their skills and knowledge to the next generation.”

Organizers from several hunting and wildlife management groups came together with 65 Island youth aged 12 to 17 on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Charlottetown Trap and Skeet Club in Mount Albion. Youth Waterfowl Day has been an annual event on Prince Edward Island for 16 years, seeking to develop interest in waterfowl hunting as well as ensuring new hunters start with safety skills and hunting knowledge.

Student participants complete an online component and also learn survival techniques, how to use a map and compass, wildlife enforcement regulations, duck and goose calling, bow hunting skills, and ATV and boat safety. Those who complete all the components are eligible for their PEI Wildlife Card.

Organizing groups and agencies include the Charlottetown Trap & Skeet Club, P.E.I. Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Holland College Wildlife Conservation Program, PEI Retriever Club, PEI Wildlife Federation, PEI Trappers Association, Canadian Tire and Cass' Creek Trading Post. Government agencies included the departments of Communities, Land and Environment as well as Justice and Public Safety.

Funding was provided through the Wildlife Conservation Fund and Wildlife Habitat Canada.

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Department of Communities, Land and Environment

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