Going on a guided duck hunt is not something that everyone can say that they have been able to do. Well today I followed along with one of the lucky raffle winners from the Lake Effect Youth Day that was held on August 26th.
Rewinding back to August 26th the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Lake Effect Chapter held their 5th Annual Youth Waterfowl Day. This event was held at the DNR headquarters at the Muskegon State Game Area off Maple Island road. This was a free event for all to attend. The Children that were involved were able to see dogs retrieve in real time, shoot guns at clay pigeons, learn about trapping and get their very own duck call that they used for a "call" competition. When you arrived all of the children received a raffle ticket and after lunch they started calling numbers out for some pretty awesome prizes. Among these prizes four lucky winners were called for a fully outfitted waterfowl hunt for the 2017 Youth Hunt.
This all bring us back to today where Jeff and his son Tyler were guides to one of the winners. Meeting up at the boat launch before the sun even came up and taking a slightly cold boat ride to a previously scouted out spot Bailey was excited and ready to go. The morning started out slow but she hung in there. Bailey was able to shoot a couple rounds off at some lucky ducks that didn’t meet her metal. Even though she was unable to get a duck today she said that she had so much fun and cannot wait to go again.
Thank you to the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Lake Effect Chapter and all of the sponsors and donors that worked so hard on the Youth Day and on the time that they put in scouting and getting ready for the youth hunt. This is truly an organization and group that deserves your support.