Fish & Game’s Youth Outdoor Skills Day event a great success

The Upper Snake Region of Idaho Fish and Game was once again able to hold its annual Youth Outdoor Skills Day event at Beaver Dick Park near Rexburg in May. Staff, volunteers and attendees were all very excited for the return of this annual event which had seen a few earlier cancellations due to Covid. Discover all the fun activities enjoyed by kids and adults alike as they learn new skills in the outdoors, and discover some of the amazing opportunities Idaho has to offer.

Atlatl Launch

Kids learn to hit 3D targets using an ancient spear thrower known as an atlatl.

‘Bear Aware Trailer’

Bear biologist Jeremy Nicholson teaches the importance of wearing pepper spray while living and playing in bear country.

Black powder rifles

Everyone enjoyed putting their skills to the test with Bob Bottoms and his team at the muzzleloader position. There’s nothing like the bang of a steel target after you land a shot.

Citizens against poaching trailer

The conservation officers explained the importance of following the rules and how to be a good witness when you are in the field. If you see something, say something by calling the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.

waterfowl hunting

The Delta Waterfowl group has shared some tips and tricks on shotgun safety and waterfowl hunting. They have released a whole range of lures for blind hunting.


The Atomic Energy Commission sports club was a big hit as they showed the kids how to pull off that perfect cast.

Free meal

Who can resist a free lunch! Many thanks to our friends at Broulim’s in Ammon for providing a free lunch to all of our participants and volunteers. No one was hungry.

Hunter Education shooting trailer

Hunter Education Shooting Trailer attended the event with certified instructors teaching the importance of gun safety along with tips and tricks on how to hit the target this coming hunting season.

Mountain biking and boating safety

Idaho Parks and Recreation was there to answer questions about boating and ATV safety in Idaho. Remember to always wear your life jacket on a boat and your helmet when riding an ATV.

dog hunt

Eastern Idaho Hound Association showed us how it’s done. With their dogs on a leash and barking excitedly, participants were able to handle their own dog in a simulated bear hunt.

target shooting

The Mule Deer Foundation passed on its love of the sport by helping children learn to shoot.

Survival techniques

Snake River Search brought search dogs and handlers with a live demonstration of how to be found if you get lost. The children hid behind the trees while the dogs searched for their scent until they were discovered.


The Upper Snake River Trappers Association brought in furs and traps to continue Idaho’s trapping heritage.

talk about turkey

Our own wildlife biologist and turkey specialist, John O’Neill, talked about turkey using a variety of turkey calls.

We would like to thank all of our many volunteers, donors and sports organizations for making this event a huge success. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Special thanks:

  • Broulim of Ammon
  • Idaho Parks and Recreation
  • Idaho Hunter Education Association
  • Fremont County 4-H Extension Office
  • Eastern Idaho Hunting Dog Association
  • delta waterfowl
  • Harold Rose
  • Madison County Parks and Recreation
  • Upper Snake River Trappers Association
  • Finding the Snake River
  • Atomic Energy Commission Sporting Club
  • Bob Down
  • Idaho Fish and Game Volunteers

This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Roy Leavitt, a dedicated volunteer and hunter education instructor who spent countless hours collecting donations and recruiting volunteers for Outdoor Skills Day for young people. His passion for getting the kids out was unmatched. We miss you Roy.

(Roy Leavitt)

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