Boys and girls practice safe hunting skills on their first waterfowl hunt

Volunteers Mentor Youth on Waterfowl Hunt in North Dakota

Opening day of duck season is an exciting occasion, especially for youngsters hunting for the first time. During the 2017 North Dakota youth waterfowl hunting season, Ducks Unlimited volunteers took a group of kids hunting at the Coteau Ranch. The ranch, which is open to public hunting, is owned by Ducks Unlimited and located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region.

The young hunters had previously attended Ducks Unlimited’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop in August, where they learned the basic skills for hunting waterfowl. They were taught hunting regulations and duck identification, and learned about duck calling, decoy spreads, training a retriever, and firearm safety.

The youngsters put what they learned to good use and gained valuable experience despite the cold and rainy mornin