May 2, 2019
Writer: Jaime Strobel

If your children are anxious to get outside and play this summer, Idaho Fish and Game is hosting Youth Outdoor Skills Day at Beaver Dick Park on May 11.

“The whole point of the day is to teach kids about things you can do outdoors and to get kids outside,” James Brower, regional communication manager for Idaho Fish and Game in the Upper Snake Region said.

There will be around 20 different activities youth can participate in. Some of those activities include archery, camping, trapping, boating safety, atlatl throwing, habitat planting and more.

Youth will need to participate in at least six activities in order to participate in the raffle drawing at 1 p.m. Sportsman Warehouse and Cabela’s have donated prizes such as fishing poles, bags and a rifle.

The event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free admission for the public.

Lunch will also be provided. They are grateful to their donors Albertsons, Broulims, Old Faithful Beverage Company, Sam’s Club and Jones Meat for providing the food.

Idaho Fish and Game has additional activities throughout the year.

After Memorial Day, a fishing shed at Ryder Park in Idaho Falls will open. People can sign up at the shed and fish for free without a fishing license on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Idaho Fish and Game will stock the pond with rainbow trout and will provide fishing poles, bait and instructions for those who need it Brower said.

A fishing trailer will also be at the Rexburg Nature Park a few times this summer. People can sign up at the trailer and fish without a fishing license for free. Click here for a full list of locations (https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/want-try-fishing-fgs-take-me-fishing-trailers-have-all-you-need)

Brower said a common misconception parents have is that their children need to fish off of their license. However, kids are eligible to fish for free until the age of 14. Once they turn 14, they need their own license.

Youth can get a Jr. fishing license at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls or they can purchase them at Walmart. They are around $7.

Brower also encourages people to get involved with the hunter education program available throughout the year. People of all ages can sign up for classes at https://idfg.idaho.gov/.

Idaho Fish and Game looks forward to seeing people come out to the Youth Outdoor Skills day this weekend.

“It’s going to be a good time and really some good teaching moments,” Brower said. “Try something that you may not have tried before.”