Learning from an experienced hunter is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to acquaint yourself with hunting. In Nebraska, many organizations offer mentored hunts in which new hunters are paired with seasoned veterans, who share techniques and stories you can’t learn any other way. Expand the toggles below for more information.
In 1996, Pheasants Forever developed a program with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission that allows boys and girls ages 12 to 15 who have recently completed a Hunter Safety Education class to attend a mentored youth hunt.
Youth enrolling in this program are given instruction on various hunting related topics such as dog training, reloading shot shells, hunter safety, blue rock shooting, how to ask a landowner for permission to hunt, and much more.
The highlight of the day is an actual pheasant or dove hunt with a mentor and dog handler.
The National Wild Turkey Federation saw a need to get youth outdoors and began the JAKES program in 1981. JAKES Take Aim events give youth ages 12 and younger the chance to explore their outdoor world through events that help pass on the traditions of responsible hunting, teach the principles or habitat management, hunting ethics, and safety.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Mentored Youth Archery Program helps young hunters hone their skills under the guidance of an experience, veteran hunter. It is open to Bowhunter Education graduates who are 12 to 17 years old and have not yet graduated from high school. Hunters are paired with qualified mentors for a full archery season. Participants will learn how to scout, hang tree stands, interpret animal sign and care for their harvest.
Nebraska Game and Parks also offers a program called the Last Chance Deer Camp. This weekend deer camp, designed for youth with little to no deer hunting experience, teaches the basics of deer hunting. For more information, email Aaron Herschberger or call him at 402-471-6144.
Game and Parks conservation officers seek out recent hunter education graduates in their areas to offer mentored hunts for deer and turkey. A hunt is offered in each Nebraska Game and Parks Commission district. For more information, contact Duane Arp.
A partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, this program pairs experienced collegiate hunters with college students new to hunting and shooting. For more information, or to see what programs are offered at your college, email the program.
The Nebraska State Youth Hunter Education Challenge is an advanced hunter education program designed to build and further develop skills taught in basic hunter education courses. This is a free competition offered annually to youth ages 11 or older, who have successfully completed Hunter Education and have not yet graduated from high school. To learn more about this program, contact Christy Christiansen.