Mentors are experienced hunters who have a wealth of knowledge that they are willing to share. Mentors volunteer their time to show newcomers how to prepare for the hunt as well as assist them during the hunt.
What is involved?
During mentored waterfowl hunts, participants take part in a safety and familiarization exercise This includes a firearm safety review and practice shooting with the guns that will be used for the hunt. Responsibilities and ethics of hunters are discussed and appropriate hunting regulations are reviewed. Bird identification, calling and setting decoys are also a major part of the experience. After the hunt, the participants learn how to clean the birds. A tasty lunch, usually barbequed duck r goose, ends the event.
During mentored deer hunts, new hunters, ages 12+ learn various deer hunting techniques at a pre-hunt workshop. Presentations by Conservation Officers, firearm safety instructors and experienced hunters will prepare the participants for an actual deer hunt. Hand-on live firing of muzzleloaders or rifles, depending on the season, will ensure the participants are safe and familiar with a firearm prior to the hunt. Any deer harvested will be cleaned and skinned at the hunt event. Successful participants will be required to process their own meat.
Participants must have completed the Manitoba Hunter Education Course and purchase the appropriate licences prior to the event.
Mentors are experienced hunters willing to share their knowledge and time with a new hunter. Mentors are screened by criminal background checks, child abuse registry checks and wildlife infraction checks.
How can you participate?
For the newcomer who has not grown up connected to outdoorspeople, organized mentored hunts can provide a different way to connect, by matching novice hunters with suitable mentors. In Manitoba, these types of hunts are typically available for whitetail deer, waterfowl, and upland game bird.
For information on how to volunteer as a mentor, contact Kathleen at the MWF office at (204) 633-4868 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Mentored Hunts:
Our list of our 2018 mentored hunts is now available for download here
To register or for more information, please contact the hunt captain listed on the flyer.