The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Haywood Community College student chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered to host a quota youth dove hunt recently at the Mountain Research Station near Waynesville. 

Twenty-four hunters were selected by NCWRC, via lottery drawing, to participate in this fun-filled learning experience. There were approximately 20 Fish and Wildlife students that assisted on this important project.

“This is a premier ‘service learning’ project for the Fish and Wildlife Management Technology program,” explains Chris Graves, HCC Lead Instructor for the Fish and Wildlife program. “The educational stations reverse the roles for HCC students, from student to educator. This is a true learning experience for all parties involved.”

The hunters were divided into small groups to receive various land conservation, wildlife management, and hunter safety related education at student-run stations. The NCWRC provides assistance with the law enforcement and dove trapping/banding demonstration stations. 

The HCC students conduct a one-on-one survey with each hunter and collect biological data from all mourning doves harvested. The students assist each youth hunter with the cleaning and preparation of their harvest for the dinner table.

For more information about HCC’s Natural Resources Programs, please call 627-4560.