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Finding New Friends Through Local Wildlife Activities

School is back in session and the early hot summer mornings are turning into a refreshing breathe of cool fall air.

This reminds me that hunting season is just about here and also that backyard barbecues and bonfires will soon be coming to an end. Don’t get me wrong I love hunting season, but there’s just something about getting together to cookout and shoot with friends that I absolutely LOVE - it might just be the food talking,but it is hands down one of my favorite summertime activities. Finding New Friends Through Local Wildlife Activities

Luckily for me,one of the most important days that I take part in every year as an outdoorsman is National Hunting and Fishing Day - which is held the fourth Saturday in September - which means I get one last big event in before hunting season is in full swing. For the past few years our local Wildlife Federation has hosted a youth field day allowing youth the opportunity to learn and get hands on experience in areas such as shooting, tree stand safety, wilderness survival, trapping and much more!

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What I love most about this event is that it introduces kids to a wide variety of outdoor activities. Not only do they get to learn about each topic but they also get hands on experience which makes the event not only educational but also entertaining. It is so rewarding to watch a child catch their first fish or break their first clay!

There are many outdoor events like this that take place throughout the country. However If you are unable to attend an event or you are just looking for a way to be active in the great outdoors, here are a few ideas!

Take a Friend to the Range

Many people find firearms intimidating if they are not around them often or if they have never handled one. Introducing people to the shooting sports is one of my favorite things to do. Setting up targets such as balloons or soda cans make the activity fun for everyone involved!

shooting range

Take a Class

There are many opportunities to up your hunting or fishing game right in your local community. Personally, I have found that taking classes allows me to learn new skills and revisit tips/tricks that I may have overlooked. It has certainly helped add to my skillset and has also taught me a few different teaching techniques that I have incorporated into my own classes.

Join in Conservation Efforts

Joining your local Wildlife Federation or another organization that promotes conservation efforts allows you to get involved and contribute to conservation causeswhile meeting new people with similar interests. It is a great way to create lifelong friendships while doing something you love.

Those are just a few ideas to be active in the outdoor community. Let me know how you give back and stay active in the community by commenting below.

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Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler grew up on a large dairy farm in Western New York and continues to reside there today. This setting has shaped her love of the outdoors and is how she developed a passion which drives her to spend as much time hunting and fishing as possible. For her, hunting is not about the kill, it is about the experience, the memories, the moments and having fun. Her most memorable adventures take place not only in the woods but also around the grill. Nikki thoroughly enjoys her role as co-host of Winchester Life.