Having participated as a volunteer instructor for 9 years, I can say we get as much out of it as the kids.
What is equally great is the number of girls we have coming through. Girls do want to learn how to hunt and fish.
Some of the organizations I failed to mention earlier include wildlife preserves and nature preservation organizations that show the kids how everything in nature is interconnected.
It is a pretty amazing day for these kids and something they really get excited about.
All this happens because one DNR Warden wanted to teach the youth about the right way to use and not abuse our natural resources. I've known him for years and he is a very special person.
Here is Randy and a section of the letter describing last year's event.
"To give you a rundown on last year’s event, we had 225 youth attend the Youth Day. This was again a record for number of youth that attended and up ten youth from 2011 Again we had an amazing number of instructors who were willing to donate their time to the kids.
The stations that we had this year included the Boy Scout Troop 255’s Dutch oven cooking, Longway’s Historical Fur Trapper display, the WI Trapper’s Association trapping demonstrations, the National Wild Turkey Federation’s turkey hunting clinic and BB gun shoot, the Wausau School District’s .22 range, Weston Hit and Miss Trap Club’s trap shooting range, Weston Safety Instructors tree stand safety station, Rib Mountain Bowmen’s archery range, the Elks Club drug awareness Trailer and , the Wausau Noon Optimists GPS instruction, Bill’s Musky Club’s bait casting instruction and contest, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s outdoor survival station, the DNR Employees muzzleloader shoot, Trout Unlimited fly tying and fly casting, the WI Conservation Warden Association’s laser shot, former members of the WI Waterfowl Association’s local chapter still came to teach about duck blinds and calling, the DNR Water Guard invasive species station, The Friends of Mead/McMillian heritage display, the Jeff Miller Hunting Crew’s edible plants station and hike, the Wisconsin Black Bear Education Center black bear informational station, Pheasants Forever habitat display and hands on shoot/don’t shoot contest, the Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor’s Association pellet gun range and a lunch manned by Whitetails Unlimited.