TWIN BRIDGES YOUTH DOVE HUNT
By Adam Rager
Twin Bridges hosted its 15th annual youth dove hunt at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area in Southern Indiana on Sept 3. All youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian no more than 2 youth per adult. The event is free to the youth and run by Twin Bridges Members and Indiana DNR workers. The youth sign in and are given their field assignments between 12:30-1, a light shore lunch is provided, a short Hunter Safety refresher course is given by a conservation officer around 1:30, the youth and their parents/guardians meet with their field commander for any last minute information they will need to know about their field. The youth hunt is from about 2pm-6:30. Cold watermelon awaits the youth after the hunt.
The hunt allows the youth a chance to spend time with their parents/guardians enjoying nature and passing the tradition of hunting on to the next generation. The adults are very grateful and appreciate the work put in by Twin Bridges and Indiana DNR for the event. Depending on the local activities we've had as many as 85 kids sign up and as few as 25 (our first year). We try and leave extra room in a field or two in case we have any walk up the day of the hunt. We try not to turn any youth away and want to pass this great pass time and source of food along to the next generation of kids.