Hunting program set for area youth

By Morgan McKinniss -

GALLIA COUNTY — Gallia County Conservation Society (GCCS) is planning its first Young Bucks Hunt for November 17-18.

Licensed hunters under the age of 18 can participate in the event, which is free for participants.

Friday from 5-7 p.m. registration will be open at the Gallia County Gun Club at 300 Buckridge Road. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Officer Roy Rucker will be on hand to teach hunter safety that evening, as will refreshments and goodie backs for participants.

Goodie bags will include hunter orange hats and vests, and other safety items young hunters can take advantage of.

Saturday morning, hunters will go out with their parent or guide to the land they have written permission to hunt hoping to harvest a deer. Parents and guides cannot hunt as this is during youth deer gun season. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the gun range will open up serving more refreshments, weigh any harvested deer, and possibly score bucks that have been harvested. Weather permitting there will be a shotgun slug shooting contest during the midday break.

Cutoff for weigh-ins will be 6 p.m. at the gun club, with dinner following. Door prizes donated by local businesses will be given away during the dinner. The food, goodie bags, and other costs were covered with money from a Department of Wildlife Grant through the GCCS.

“This promotes why we go out and harvest these animals,” said Eric Clary, treasurer of GCCS. “It teaches why there are bag limits, what an ethical kill is, why not to showboat your harvested animal.”

Many in Gallia County that hunt, do so on land they don’t own. Much of that land is farm land. According to Clary, hunting the deer thins the population out to protect farmers crops, and make roadways safer for motorists.

“We teach them to respect the land they are hunting on, helping (the farmer) out by harvesting deer harming his crops,” said Clary. “You have to leave it better than you found it.”

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.