How Delta Waterfowl Introduced Me to Hunting

Taking part in Delta Waterfowl’s University Hunting Program in fall 2022 was one of my most memorable experiences at Cornell University, where I’m a senior studying animal science with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. I was interested in hunting but hadn’t ever done it until I took Delta’s course, which was coordinated by Cornell professor Orin Robinson.

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At 11 years old, LJ Garret Was Born to Hunt 

It’s not every day that we see an 11-year-old kid jump out of bed at 4am to go hunting, especially when the thermometer only peaks out at a bone-chilling eight degrees. But that’s exactly what happens when Fernandus Garrett, Jr., known to friends and family as LJ,  gets an invitation to go hunting.  Hunting since the age of seven, LJ can be best described as an All-American boy that lives to hunt, fish, and explore the outdoors.  

“I love hunting and shooting. I like shooting rifless more, but I also like shooting shotguns” LJ shared as he and his dad spoke via Zoom from the cab of his father’s 18-wheeler tractor-trailor. “I want to be able to feed my family in case life goes out, and nobody has money anymore.  I want to be able to go out and hunt deer, turkey, and catch fish.”

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Turkey Hunt Helps Teen Embrace the Idea of Stepping Out of Her Comfort Zone

There’s something to be said about being open to trying new things. Well that’s exactly the mindset that Averie Link had, when she went on her first turkey hunt recently with her dad, Joe, for the Texas south zone spring turkey early youth weekend. The 16 year old grew up sitting in a deer blind with her father, but only recently in the last two years had she actually spent time as a hunter behind the trigger of a gun, rather than just an observer. Over that two-year span, she was able to expand her hunting experiences from deer to wing shooting, and she was excited to pursue Rio Grande gobblers for the very first time.

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