We are proud to be the presenting chapter of the world’s first Hook & Hunt University program. This program, designed by sportsmen, is a new take on mentoring. It’s a year-long series of events designed to give novice or no-longer-active hunters and anglers the opportunity to become true sportsmen and women.
The concept behind Hook & Hunt University (HHU) is simple: gather up as many of our hunting and fishing buddies as possible to collectively offer a number of opportunities to those that lack the knowledge or experience to truly get into the sports. Basically its a bunch of local sportsmen getting together and offering to take new hunters and anglers out to the field. By building a large network of local sportsmen to serve as mentors, no one individual or organization has to commit a lot of time to making the program work. Everyone’s busy these days and there are only so many opportunities to get out hunting and fishing.
Our strength…and our weakness…is in our numbers. Hunter numbers are declining and have been for quite some time. That directly affects our ability to conserve the very land and animals we hold dear because sportsmen contribute more to wildlife conservation than any other group in the nation. Therefore, fewer sportsmen mean fewer dollars invested into our natural resources.
But it’s bigger than that. Fewer sportsmen mean there are people in our own community that simply never get asked to go hunting. They never get to catch their first fish or have their heart skip a beat (or several) when that rooster flushes from practically under foot. They never get to experience the thrill of “buck fever” or hear the whistling wings of ducks on final approach.
For those of us whose lives are defined by those moments, the very notion of missing such experiences seems tragic. And so we step forward to change that for those that want those experiences. We are the ones extending the invitation to go hunting or fishing to those who don’t have someone in their lives to do so. We are the ones turning the tide on declining sportsmen numbers. We are the ones making sure there the next generation has the same defining moments we had.
And so we bring you Hook & Hunt University.
To find out more about the program and how you can get involved either as a mentor or a student, visit www.HookandHuntUniversity.com.