_Some hunters traveled long distances to join the hunt, ranging from Mount Shasta and Hollister to Fort Bragg and Auburn. Each young hunter was provided with the experience of connecting with nature through developing a greater understanding of their quarry and its environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said. All hunting blinds and assigned ponds on the two refuges were set aside exclusively for the junior hunters (age 15 and under) on those days.
_The juniors were eager for the waterfowl hunting opportunity and were teeming with excitement at 4:30 a.m. when the event orientation began. Accompanied by a responsible adult, the juniors set into the hunt area and returned hours later ready to share and compare experiences with their fellow hunters over a warm lunch. The Willows Kiwanis Club provided a hot dog barbecue with chips, drinks and the entire fixings at the Sacramento Refuge. At the Delevan NWR hunt, California Waterfowl volunteer Rich Ambrosino cooked his famous homemade chili.