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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

Are you a Guardian of the Legacy to ensure hunting and its role in wildlife conservation? The future of hunting, shing and shooting sports, along with a real understanding for sustainable use and wildlife conservation, is at stake if we don’t educate the general public and future generations. The Dallas Ecological Foundation is a forward thinking organization taking on this challenge today. The DEF has utilized its Outdoor Adventures education program, college scholarships and wildlife conservation initiatives to ensure our hunting, shing and shooting heritage. I’ve seen rsthand how the students in Outdoor Adventures embrace and want to participate in these traditions. Just imagine if our middle schools and high schools o ered Outdoor Adventures to their general student body. Every child would have the opportunity to learn the value of a true American hunter, angler and shooter in a school classroom. They would learn what real wildlife conservation is all about. This is happening today in schools all across the United States. The students are taught the traditions we so greatly value not just at a one day event but rather a full school year–180 days of Outdoor Adventures! It is truly an education for a lifetime. Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail The DEF Outdoor Adventures© education program meets this objective today. • 200 schools in 9 states with 20,000 students and 350 teachers • The only full semester P.E. course in the U. S. that teaches the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation • Teaches archery, shooting and fishing in a public school curriculum • There is no cost to the students • Participation is not limited by socio-economics, gender or physical challenge • Fosters the creation of school shooting and fishing teams/clubs National Archery Team Champion – Lamar Middle School, 2013 “Every minute of it is just so exciting…so many new things are learned, and every day holds something new.” Jessica Vines, OA student, Paris Junior High School, The Paris News National Shooting Sports Champion – Allen High School, 2014 “As a by-product of the course, we have started three di erent clubs that continue to grow in interest. The Archery, Competitive Shooting, and Fishing clubs have become extremely popular for students in our district.” Jill Stanford, Principal, Allen Lowery Freshman Center 28 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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