Outdoor briefs, July 29

Registration open for 4-part Learn to Hunt program

Hunting for Food is an in-depth program designed for adults with no hunting experience. The program is to teach the basics of deer hunting during four sessions in different locations.

In session one, “Why Hunt?,” attendees are to learn the benefits of hunting as well as general knowledge on hunting and the outdoors. The second session, “A Day at the Range,” is to teach participants how to shoot a crossbow and where to aim on a deer. Session three, “A Day in the Woods,” is to teach more in-depth the patterns of white-tailed deer and how to find a place to hunt. At the last session, participants are to go on a mentored deer hunt at Maumee Bay State Park, where they would learn about field dressing and how to prepare and store meat.

Spots are limited. To apply, send in an application by Sept. 5 by visiting the Maumee Valley National Wild Turkey Federation website at maumeevalleynwtf.com. A blue box on the right of the screen contains options of applying online or printing an application. Applicants are to be separated into priority levels and then be drawn from a lottery pool. Priority levels are on the website.

For more information, contact Skip Markland, (419) 769-6983, wmrkland@frontier.com, or Gary Robison, (419) 410-5824, gdrobison81@gmail.com.

Youth waterfowl hunting workshop planned for Oct. 7

A workshop for youth ages 17 and younger and an accompanying parent is planned for noon until sunset Oct. 7 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Participants are to rotate through several workshops during the day, and then leave for a guided afternoon duck hunt. Sessions are to teach youth about gear, waterfowl identification, calling, decoy placement, camouflage and where to duck hunt. Attendees also can taste duck meat and learn why wetlands are important to the ecosystem.

Registration is required and is given on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to youth with no waterfowl hunting experience. Find a brochure and registration information at the ONWF website, www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa.

For more information, call (419) 898-0014.

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