COLUMBUS – The National Wildlife Turkey Foundation helped put together a youth mentor hunt in the Columbus area on Saturday morning as they tried to help the younger generation get interested in wildlife hunting.
“The parents are required to be involved, we want them to know how to do this to help create new hunters for the state. It’s very important because we are losing hunters here at a fast rate in the state of Nebraska and across the nation. The national wild turkey federation we have a goal of producing 1.5 million new hunters,” said Brett Bayer, the former president.
The youngsters that were in attendance were able to first practice shooting, before heading out on an actual turkey hunt.
“yeah they teach you well. It’s just a good experience for everyone to come out. It’s very enjoyable,” said T.J. Brewer, a local young hunter.
For T.J., he had one goal on the day on Saturday.
“I just want to get a turkey. That’s all I can say,” said Brewer.
For everyone involved, it was a great opportunity to learn more about the outdoors and turkey hunting.