Youth Waterfowl Rodeo coming to Desert Lake
Elmo -- On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Division of Wildlife Resources and Ducks Unlimited will sponsor a free waterfowl hunting clinic at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area. The clinic runs from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
"We hope this will be the first of many such events," says Casey Olsen, Ducks Unlimited chapter chairman. "We want this to be something youth and adults will look forward to from one year to the next. We're calling it the "Youth Waterfowl Rodeo." There will be seven different stations of fun, action and excitement and it will all take place at Desert Lake, which is east of Elmo in Emery County."
Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says if you attend the clinic, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started in waterfowl hunting. "Even experienced hunters should learn a thing or two," Stettler says.
At the seminar, you'll learn how to call ducks and geese and place decoys for a variety of hunting conditions.
You'll also learn which firearms and ammunition are best for waterfowl hunting. Proper shooting techniques, which will increase the chance that you bag birds, will also be taught.
"You can also watch trained retrieving dogs in action," Stettler says. "Door prizes, specifically tailored to waterfowl hunters, will also be given away."
If you already know how to call ducks, Stettler says the clinic includes a duck calling contest.
There will be a station where youth will have the opportunity to shoot clay pigeons from a duck blind. The clay birds will be launched from angles to simulate actual hunting conditions.
For more information about the free clinic, call the DWR's Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700.