Other Potential Recruiting Events

So far we’ve only discussed recruiting events that are directly targeting a food-motivated audience, but your end goal is to attract new adult hunters and anglers so don’t overlook opportunities for events that aren’t completely food motivated.

Introduction to kayak fishing – Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Some of those new kayak anglers are fishermen who bought a kayak but some of them are kayakers who took up fishing. Anything you can do to convert some of those kayakers into anglers expands the sport and helps your state.

Partnering with a local kayak shop to conduct an introduction to kayak fishing class can help your partner build his/her business by selling specialized fishing kayak and gear while gaining you access to potential new anglers who could attend a more in-depth pan fishing class (or may directly lead to a license purchaser).

Foraging events – Foraging is a natural interest for anyone interested in local, sustainable food. And it’s an easy first step. Individuals who discover they enjoy being out in the woods hunting for mushrooms and berries may eventually consider hunting.

Many state or county parks already host wild plant or mushroom foraging events. They have already located experts and have recruited participants. Partnering with them, or a local mycology club, may build a bridge that will yield other recruitment opportunities. For example, inviting them to  share their harvests at a wild fish and game tasting event will allow them to reach out to the people you have recruited, and you to reach out to their recruits.

Other types of fishing - While this program focuses on open water pan fishing, the information contained can easily be adapted to other fish species, or fishing with other equipment, such as fly-fishing or ice fishing.

Partnering with a local sporting goods store or bait shop to offer an introduction to ice fishing, fly fishing or even bow fishing might be another way to attract potential new anglers into your recruiting database.

Gear Events - Another, obvious partner is a local sporting goods store. Assisting them to host a “What gear do you need to start hunting/fishing” seminar will help you recruit new participants and help them recruit new customers.

Other existing groups that may yield program recruits include: rock climbers, hiking club members, re-enactor groups, and survival groups. There is no end to the potential list of events that could attract people who enjoy the outdoors and care about food. Think about popular activities in your area, potential partners and make a few phone calls.

 

Resources

DNR joining Cabela’s at Field to Fork event, Oct. 22-23

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will partner with Cabela’s in Noblesville for a series of free, educational seminars and demonstrations on wild game processing, cooking and preservation during the store’s Field to Fork event Oct. 22-23.

The event will offer a wide range of hands-on activities focusing on successfully harvesting wild game for the dinner table. Topics will include field dressing, vacuum sealing, meat grinding, and dehydrating.

At noon Saturday, Oct. 22, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife staff will process a white-tailed deer.

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms

an Phillips' award-winning book was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a set of PDFs. Download all 21 to learn how to turn wild Missouri plants into biscuits, fritters, jellies, juices, pancakes, pies, salads, soups, wines and more. Color illustrations help you identify plants that are poisonous or have poisonous parts. Check it out!

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Make a certain ID and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.

NY Beginners Guide to Fresh Water Fishing - Introduction to Ice Fishing

Not only is fishing a great summertime activity, it’s also a fun winter pastime. Ice fishing is a great way to spend those cold winter days.

Many species of fish can be caught through the ice. For certain species, ice fishing can often be better than open-water fishing. The main species sought by ice anglers are pike, pickerel, walleye, panfish (sunfish, yellow perch and crappie), and rainbow, brown and lake trout.

Fishing access can often be better during the winter.