About 20 young hunters, accompanied by licensed-to-hunt adults, will take part in a dove hunt Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Mountain Research Station off Raccoon Road near Waynesville.
There also will be a lunch and special educational sessions throughout the day, including hunter safety, responsible hunting, and a trapping and banding demonstration workshop.
“Many young people today are far removed from the land and our agricultural and wildlife resources,” said Chris Graves, the lead instructor of fish and wildlife management technology program at Haywood Community College. “It is opportunities like this one that provide a much needed connection with children and nature.”
Haywood Community College Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society will help host the event.
“This experience will put our fish and wildlife students in real world situations that they will encounter when they begin working. It’s hands-on training and experience that they can’t get in a classroom,” Graves said.