Tom Flynn: 603-536-3954
Eric Geib: 603-536-1290
April 1, 2020

HOLDERNESS, NH – If your kids are looking forward to an exciting summer, registration is now open for free youth day programs being held this summer at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Rd., in Holderness. These programs give boys and girls ages 10-15 the opportunity to learn about shooting sports, bowhunting, and develop other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August at Owl Brook, which is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited — enrollment is capped at 20 participants per day so please register early. Registration is simple, visit

Day programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 7 and ending August 7. Tuesdays will be for youth age 10-12, and Thursdays will be for youth age 13-15.

The most popular program is the Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification week that will take place August 4 – 7, during which students will have the opportunity to earn their Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education certification. Attendees ages 12-15 who meet all requirements will receive their Hunter Education/Bowhunter Education Certification card.

Check out all the action by viewing a three-minute video about the youth day programs at Owl Brook at

Participants may register for one or more sessions, which are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. Bring your own bag lunch. Please download all required forms and return them to them prior to attending. Forms are available on the event registration page, and can be mailed to Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Rd., Holderness, NH, 03254 or emailed to

Course Schedule:

Week 1: Archery and Bowhunting Skills (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 7 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 9 (13-15 year olds)

Week 2: Introduction to Rifle and Shotgun (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 14 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 16 (13-15 year olds)

Week 3: Navigation and Survival Skills (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 21 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 23 (13-15 year olds)

Week 4: Exploring the Outdoors (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 28 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 30 (13-15 year olds)

Week 5: Hunter/Bowhunter Education Certification Week* (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
*Must attend all days listed and be 12 years old on or before August 9.

Tuesday, August 4 (12-15 year olds)
Wednesday, August 5 (12-15 year olds)
Thursday, August 6 (12-15 year olds)
Friday, August 7 (12-15 year olds)

“New Hampshire is still a relatively rural state, but fewer youth are taking advantage of outdoor opportunities,” said Tom Flynn, Program Manager at Owl Brook. “The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire young people to become involved in the outdoors. These free, skill-based summer workshops are a fun way to help them discover what it’s all about.”

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate individuals in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state’s natural resources. Its facilities include shooting ranges, classroom space, and interpretive trails. To learn more about Owl Brook, visit

Activities at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are made possible by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife, and marine resources and their habitats. Visit