Each of our chapters provide numerous different youth activities. Below you will find highlights of the activities. Please click on the links below to find out about each chapters specific programs.
Upcoming Youth Events
Youth Duck Banding Project
Working with LaSalle staff and adult volunteers you will band collected wild Wood Ducks and release them back into their habitat. You will also learn about the life cycle of these beautiful ducks.
There will also be a retriever demonstration.
Also, you will break into teams and assemble Wood Duck nesting boxes from
pre-cut wood materials.
The event will last until around noon with refreshments provided.
Please ask an adult who will accompany you for For more information and to register contact Rachel at (219-992-3019 Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) permission to attend.
All free of charge.
First Hunting Trip - by Rebekah Matherly
(Twin Bridges Chapter)
Hunting really started pumping in my blood when I met Adam. He told me about how he was raised on hunting and fishing. I mentioned to him I wanted to go hunting and he said he’d see about taking me. A couple months later he told me about a youth turkey hunt the President of Waterfowl USA Twin Bridges Chapter was offering for auction at their Wild Game Feast and if my Mom said I could go on the hunt, I could try and win it. I was so excited I didn’t know what to do but jump and scream. I really hoped we could get it.
When the Game Feast came I was very excited because I wanted to win the youth hunt, I knew if we got it I would get to live one of my dreams. When we won the hunt off the auction I ran up to Adam threw my arms around him and hugged him saying “Thank You Thank you Thank you!!!” Then he told me of the conditions to going on the hunt. I had to take Hunter Education classes, go to the firing range to practice with the shotgun and learn proper handling of the firearm.
Adam picked me up after my night with my father and back to his house we went. I fell asleep about 12 am and 3 am came way too quickly. I woke up not feeling too good but nothing was keeping me from getting my turkey. We got out to the field and made the hike to the blind. Adam put out the decoys as I got the shotgun uncased and ready for the days hunt. As we settled in for the days hunt we heard a gobble and we started looking for birds. A Jake came to the edge of the brush line we were in and seeing our Jake Decoy buffed up but quickly deflated and walked away from our set up. Then seven hens slipped through the brush and into the field followed by three Jakes. I started getting my shotgun up and Adam told me I could either harvest one of the Jakes if they got close enough or wait till the Tom came out. Knowing there was no promise of the Tom coming in range decided to take one of the Jakes. Before I knew it the Jakes were 20 yards straight ahead of us. I was aiming through a small window in the corner of the blind and squeezed off my first shot. All three of the Jakes jumped in the air two took to flight and flew off. The one I was trying to harvest ran over to our Jake Decoy and looked back. My second shot puffed him. I was congratulated by Adam and the Guide. Climbing out of the blind I was excited I got my first Turkey and I knew I was living my dream.