Ducks Unlimited Report – October 2016

Youth waterfowl hunting on Waterfowl Heritage Day

This years training and shoot was a major success at the end of September. The Parksville Qualicum Fish and Game and Ducks Unlimited Canada in a true collaboration staged a day of hunter training and shooting skills practice at the Dorman Rage September 25 followed by a field shoot October 1. Eighteen Young man and women between the age of 12 and 18 participated along with 8 mentors. The program was overwhelmed by the number of young people wishing to participate.

The young hunters received input on the ethics and principals of fair chase and the importance of being familiar with the regulations governing this sport as well as practical skills of Waterfowl decoy spreads and calling. The combination of classroom and field experience hopefully wetted their appetites to pursue the CORE designation.

I wish to extend my thanks to the mentors who assisting with the event and the Club for staging the training.

Wayne Pritchard

Director Ducks Unlimited Canada


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Ducks Unlimited Mentored Hunt 2016





Waterfowl Hunter Training for Youth

Ducks Unlimited Oceanside and the Parksville, Qualicum Fish and Game Club are again offering Waterfowl hunter training to encourage youth to take up the sport. Ducks Unlimited Canada have developed a training program that gives young people a practical overview of hunter safety, ethics and skills needed to participate in the sport. A field hunt will be conducted with adult mentors assigned to each youth to give a real life experience of waterfowl hunting. The program is timed to take advantage of the provisions of the hunting regulations that allow youth to experience hunting, without obtaining a hunting licence, migratory permit or passing the CORE hunter safety training, during Waterfowl Heritage Days.

There is a registration fee of $25.00 for each trainee.

If you have children or know of (boys or girls) between the ages of 12 and 17 who would like to undertake the training, please contact:

Wayne Pritchard -1-250-757-8978, Email-

The training will take place:

Sunday September 25, 2016 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, P-Q F&G Club House Dorman Rd., Qualicum Beach

  • Class Room Training-Range Shooting practice

Saturday or Sunday October 1 or 2, 2016 – 5:00 am to 12:00 pm–Water Fowl Heritage Days -Mentored Field Hunt- Field to be determined

-Bird cleaning and food preparation followed by a BBQ and graduation ceremony-Dorman Club House

There are a limited number of spots available. Get your names in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.


Wayne Pritchard
Chair, Mentored Hunt
Oceanside Chapter
Ducks Unlimited Canada