On Saturday, February 1st, three Sabine Parish 4-H’ers took part in an invitational duck hunt put on by the famous Honey Brake Lodge located outside of Jonesville, LA. Seventeen “Young Guns," a group of youth who are interested in wildlife and wildlife habitat management along with civic engagement, from around the state were all invited to share a meal and participate in what was a once in a lifetime hunt for most. The hunts were filmed for use on the nationally televised “The Honey Brake Experience” which is shown on the Pursuit Channel. Seventeen youth brought home 58 ducks, 3 geese, and a boatload of memories.
The main Honey Brake Lodge is an elaborate 13,000 square foot, four story structure which is situated on 40,000 acres of some of the most intensively managed hardwood bottomlands property in the United States. Great effort is put into managing this property year round to be the most ideal wildlife habitat possible. Both hunted and non-hunted species of wildlife benefit from their ongoing efforts. The goal of the Young Guns Program is to get our youth actively involved in the outdoors through not only hunting and shooting sports, but also conservation, and the need to develop a work ethic by doing volunteer service during work days, fishing tournaments, and sporting clays events.
The three 4-H members from Sabine Parish were Trevor Watson from Negreet High School, and Morgan Manuel and Klein Pearce from Florien High School. These boys want to thank Drew Keeth, Blake Soileau, Jared Mophett, Richard Graham and Paul Ferral from Honey Brake Lodge and also Brendon Dubroc and all the other guides who gave their time and financial support to make this day a huge success.
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