charlie elk wrote:In No way should my question be taken as critical of LTH, I deeply admire all who put out the effort to do them. At times I go out with new hunters but not part of a formal program. At the Expo some of us were discussing ideas about organizing a fall LTH. A fall hunt may be a little more difficult to do as far as being able to get enough good areas to hunt? With all the other seasons going on, mostly deer, it may be harder to get permission from a lot of places that would let other people on their land, that might mess up their deer hunting. That's a big issue between bow hunters and fall turkey hunters they don't mix real well. Most of the land owners won't let you on until after the deer season, if your turkey or pheasant hunting.
Is it better to have a formal organized LTH or take them out on individual mentoring hunts?
That has a lot to do with whether the hunter comes from a hunting family? If they come from a hunting family and have a place to hunt, then the individual mentoring is better, if the aren't from a hunting family or don't have a place to hunt then the organized LTH works better, so it's about a 50/50.
Do the peers and camaraderie of LTH event contribute to retention? Or maybe retention is not quite the right word; continuing to hunt? I used to have a young boy that lived next door, and his family wasn't a hunting family, his mom would never let a gun in her house. He would always come over and watch us shoot our bows and was always waiting to see what we brought home after a hunt, he would come over and watch/help us clean or skin our game/deer. As he got older he wanted to try hunting, and after he took his hunters safety course, he got the chance to hunt with us, we barrowed him a gun and he when with us. Now that he's older and moved out on his own, he has a cabinet full of guns and does a lot of pheasant, deer and turkey hunting. He enjoys it so much that he's gotten his dad into hunting and they both go together now (dad borrows one of his guns, no guns in his house ).
In a non-hunting family would the individual ongoing mentoring work better? I believe Yes it does.
Does LTH work better in a hunting family? In some cases yes. Do families that hunt participate in LTH? A lot of them do. It depends again if they are big deer hunters? Most hunting families are into the QDMA trophy thingy, and if they can hunt some other land and not disturb their properties, then they do it. Most LTH hunts have land set up for it, so that way they aren't goofing up their property.or Do they do their hunting intros?
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