Spending the Day Outdoors

For the second year in a row, Trailmen from OR-1531 participated in the Youth Outdoor Day at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Refuge.  It is an amazing event with a wide array of hands-on activities that develop the participant’s appreciate for habitat, hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, and the great outdoors.  Many organizations, including the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Hunters Association, Ducks Unlimited, Santiam Flycasters,  Yamhill County Search and Rescue, and the Oregon State Police – Wildlife Division.

Activities at the Youth Outdoor Day included sporting clay clinic, an archery clinic, predator and waterfowl calling, construction of birdhouses and wood duck boxes, duck decoy painting, marksmanship, and fly casting and fly tying.  The Trailmen were also able to look at some amazing wildlife and reptile displays, furs and pelts, and Willamette Pleistocene fossils (including mammoth tusks).  The boys earned steps in outdoor skills, Science and technology, and Hobbies Branch.

Trailmen touch and examine a variety of skins and pelts, along with an extensive collection of insects on display at the Youth Outdoor Day.
Each Trailmen was given the opportunity to paint and keep a duck decoy.  Authentic models were provided for the boys to ensure they knew the coloring of the different species of ducks.
Always a favorite station, Trailmen listen to the instructions of an expert duck caller before giving it a go.
Each Trailman left the Youth Outdoor Day with a Steelhead Fly that they had made.
The many displays at the Outdoor Youth Day encouraged the Trailmen to think about the surroundings at little differently.
OR-1531 Trailmen proudly display the songbird boxes they made and will set up somewhere of their choosing.
Trailmen make their own firestarters.

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