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DWR officers participate in Youth Waterfowl Fair

DWR Officer Wyatt Bubak with two Waterfowl Youth Fair participants.

On September 7, 2013, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers in the Northern Region participated in the 9th annual Waterfowl Youth Fair at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area. The Waterfowl Youth Fair was a free event sponsored by the Utah Waterfowl Association.

The event proved very popular; over 650 youth were in attendance. Over 40 vendors, sportsmen's groups and outdoor interest groups were represented at this year's Youth Fair.

The kids who attended the event participated in a multitude of outdoor activities. Youth enjoyed the opportunity to take airboat and mud motor boat rides in the marsh. Multiple sportsmen's groups were on hand to instruct and demonstrate waterfowl hunting techniques, duck calling, hunting dog handling and other activities.

Several other conservation organizations were present and educated kids and their parents about the importance of conserving wildlife and habitat. A multitude of items were raffled off at the event and each child went home with a prize.

DWR officers and Dedicated Hunters operated an archery range and instructed hundreds of youth regarding the proper shooting of bows and arrows. Many bullseyes and smiles were observed at the event. DWR officers also distributed a Buck Gardner duck call to each Youth Fair participant. The duck calls were provided by the UTIP (Utah Turn in a Poacher program.)

"Getting youth involved in hunting, fishing and shooting sports is absolutely critical for the future of wildlife conservation," says DWR Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp.

Sportsmen and shooters currently provide the majority of funding for fish and wildlife conservation in this country. Sportsmen and shooters pay for conservation with their hunting and fishing license dollars and the excise taxes they pay on firearms, ammunition, archery gear and fishing equipment. Recruitment and retention of hunters and anglers is a very high priority for fish and wildlife agencies, as it will be necessary to cultivate the next generation of sportsmen and women in order to fund wildlife management in the future.

  • Keith Fullenkamp
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    Wyatt Bubak

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