Seasoned sportsmen and women are signing up to become volunteer mentors with a special program to train new hunters offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the First Hunt Foundation.
Excerpt: “Garcia said the positive feedback he’s heard from hunters has been even more important than a high success rate with mentors, encouraging the wildlife department to seek out more opportunities. More clinics will be held around Yakima in August, making mentored hunts possible in September.
Private landowners sometimes help provide a safe environment, such as the property near Newman Lake in the foothills of Eastern Washington where Reatherford took Bruce Bouton and his son, Jake. Garcia said he’s found two landowners around Republic and another near Walla Walla willing to host future mentored hunts.”
Read the full story in the Yakima Herald.