Hunting Education Program

Deer Hunters
Deer Hunters Resting after Hunt


Each year approximately 30 junior hunters participate in wild turkey, deer, wild pig, and upland game hunts. More than just hunting events, these are opportunities to teach the young participants (and their parents) about wildlife management, firearm handling, and marksmanship. The California Deer Association sponsors these youth hunts, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Friends of Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The Friends of Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve team of volunteer drivers and guides take youth into the field, teaching them hunting techniques and ethics, and about native animals and plants as they guide them through the backcountry. When an animal is taken, blood samples are collected to be sent to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to help monitor population health. Through a field necropsy of each harvested animal, the guides teach the young hunters about the anatomy of the animal as well as about wildlife health and food habits.

Target Practice
Target Practice

With this outdoor experience, participants learn about game care, and to appreciate where meat comes from. Each young hunter can take pride in knowing the game meat was taken ethically, and was taken care of to provide a great-tasting, organic meal for their family.

For dates and more information about the junior ("apprentice") hunts, see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Taking Blood Sample
Turkey Hunt
Turkey Hunters