Young Outdoorsmen United News


10/29/2018 Youth Enjoy 1st-Time Deer Hunts

We hosted our second deer hunt again this year. A girl and boy were selected in our random drawing. Each of them enjoyed their experience sighting in rifles and being in the outdoors during this pre.... Read More

8/25/2018 Bow Fishing Get "Thumbs-Up"

Rising in popularity, bow-fishing is quickly becoming an outdoor activity enjoyed by sportsmen of all ages. This was especially evident when Young Outdoorsmen United hosted its first ever bow-fishing.... Read More

7/17/2018 Bluff Dweller's Cave Tour

One a very hot day in July, we took 20 kids inside a majestic local cave in Noel MO. The education tour provided youth the opportunity to see one of the area's majestic caverns. The formations are a.... Read More

6/30/2018 Hunter Education Class Certifies 20 participants

Twenty-two area participants were certified by the Missouri Department of Conservation in a training session we hosted at the end of June. Ages varied from 11-63 and everyone passed the 2 session co.... Read More

6/28/2018 Hunters Education Class Offered

Young Outdoorsmen United is hosting a Hunter Education course for anyone age 11 and older June 28th and 29th at the New-Mac community room, Anderson MO from 6:00pm-9:30pm. The two-session course is i.... Read More

5/12/2018 Kids Catch A Mess Of Fun

Four boat loads of kids ages 8 to 15 caught a lot of fish while participating in the Young Outdoorsmen United free guided fishing trip this weekend. A combination of excellent weather and perfect tim.... Read More

4/6/2018 Missouri Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt

Three area youth represented Young Outdoorsmen United at the 2018 Missouri Governor’s Youth Hunt in Jefferson City April 6th – 8th. The young hunters were Randall Bice, Peyton Cooper, and Sam Bre.... Read More

3/24/2018 MDC Director Speaks At Dinner Banquet

Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri Department of Conservation Director, was our special guest speaker at our annual fundraising dinner banquet. Director Pauley is the department's 9th director in it's 80 y.... Read More

1/6/2018 January Duck Hunt

Four area youth were treated to a duck hunt in the first weekend of January. The hunt, organized by Young Outdoorsmen United, for youth age 8-15, included an educational class covering duck identific.... Read More

12/16/2017 Kids, Dogs, Ducks, and Memories

Four local youth (selected in a random drawing) age 7 to 13 with little or no hunting experience, were given the opportunity to learn the basics of duck hunting. We hosted a two day educational event.... Read More

11/25/2017 Youth Trapping Education Workshop

Kids ages 7 -18 attended our youth trapper education course. The education workshop covered regulations, trapping's role in wildlife management. The 2 day class was designed to have a strong focus on.... Read More

10/28/2017 Youth Deer Hunt gets Two Thumbs-Up!

Amanda Pacheco and Bryan Lewis, both age thirteen, were selected thru a random drawing to participate in our Kids Deer Hunt event during the Missouri Youth Deer season. The selected hunters attended .... Read More

9/30/2017 USA Olympian Intructs Local Kids

The shooting seminar and exhibition shoot begins took place in Anderson MO. Participantswere ages ranging from 10 to 16. A mandatory safety meeting was conducted by McDonald County’s Missouri Dep.... Read More

8/23/2017 Bass Pro Visits McDonald County

Bass Pro Wonders of Wildlife Museum Outreach Education staff brought live native Missouri animals along with touchable artifacts to the McDonald County High School August 23rd as part of our “Outdo.... Read More

7/9/2017 Family Float Trip Perfect for July's Event

Thanks to the generosity of Craig Sanders, owner & proprietor of Lazy Days Campground, our Family Float trip event was possible. Mr. Sanders donated enough 8-man rafts to allow 200 adults and kids to.... Read More

6/24/2017 Dinner Banquet Tagged a Big Success

We hosted our annual Dinner Auction Banquet on June 24th in the Rendezvous Room at River Ranch Resort, Noel MO. The event featured games and raffles for all ages. Headlining this year’s event was.... Read More

5/6/2017 Missouri Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt

We sponsored Gatlin Bender to attend the Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt . Gatlin was one of the 17 kids selected to attend this year. Kids age 11-15 are treated to a private dinner at the Governor's m.... Read More

4/15/2017 Spoonbill Fishing

Three random youth were selected to participate in a guided fishing trip for spoonbill on Ft. Gibson Lake in Oklahoma Reel Time Adventures provided everything they needed to catch some monster fish w.... Read More

3/21/2017 All About Cardinals

Kids from 5-10 was the perfect age to teach them about one of Missouri's most recognizable song birds. Each of the made their own suet, leared to identify male and female cardinals, what they eat, wh.... Read More

2/18/2017 Coon Dog Day & Hunt

Good weather provide an excellent day of fun for the nearly 75 kids who attended this event. The barking challenge is always a popular activity, and it was no exception again this year. Each youth.... Read More

12/31/2016 Girls Have a "Plinking" Good Time

The all girl Pink Pistol Plink involved area girls and their moms in a mid morning New The Year's eve event. The girls and gals were treated to multiple shooting stations with .22, .38, and .45 calib.... Read More

10/22/2016 Jugline Class Huge Success!

40 kids attended a seminar and demonstration on how to set juglines to fish for catfish. The youth tied their own juglines, then were taken out on Grand Lake to set them in the water. Professional g.... Read More

9/24/2016 Kids "Flip" over Atlatal Class

When it was time to describe the technique of throwing the atlatl, a primitive hunting tool, instructor Ray Madden described the motion as a toss, fling, or flip verses a heave or throw. “Beginne.... Read More

8/27/2016 Kids "Knot" Afraid of Wooly Buggers

Some of the kids attending a recent fly-tying seminar hosted by Young Outdoorsmen United in McDonald County may have had some doubts about holding a woolly bugger, scuds, or even a bunny leach. But t.... Read More

7/23/2016 Kids "Croak" at Gigging Party

Just before venturing to the ponds to go frog gigging, nearly 20 youth were enthusiastically voicing their excitement and nearly sounded like a pond full of “croaking” amphibians……repeatedly l.... Read More

6/25/2016 Special Guest Attends Our Banquet

The big turn-out of attendees enjoyed fiverish bidding, supurb food, and wonderful fellowship at our annual fundraising dinner banquet. Guests were also treated to a message by outdoor personality A.... Read More

4/9/2016 Kids and Adults Win Prizes at Turkey Shoot

Several kids took home the bacon (literally) plus turkeys and hams,by testing their shooting slills with shotguns and rifles at our Old-Fashion Turkey Shoot held Saturday. Both kids and adults won th.... Read More

3/5/2016 Featherfest Enjoyed By Young Hunters

Beautiful March weather was the perfect setting for kids age 10-18 to experience upland game bird hunting along the pastures and hills boarding Elk River near Pineville MO. The event held by Youn.... Read More

2/20/2016 Hounds, Rabbits & Kids

A pack of kids and dogs gathered near Southwest City MO in mid February for an afternnon of fun. The youth were treated to a beagle seminar teaching them the characteristics of good rabbit hounds, .... Read More

1/23/2016 Night Time Folklore Alive & Well

In our everyday lives things are changing, always have and always will. Today’s cultural trends are producing an abundance of electronic diversions, an increase of single parent homes, and an overf.... Read More

12/26/2015 Squirrels Wollop Kidos!

Stormy weather and uncooperative squirrels got the best of local kids during the Young Outdoorsmen United Squirrel Hunt & Dinner event held the day after Christmas. Even though hunting conditions wer.... Read More

10/25/2015 Kid's Catch "FUN" at Fishing Event

A slew of youth, all with high expectations of catching fish, were not disappointed as they cast their lines into the water. As the red and white bobbers hit the surface of the pond, the floating cor.... Read More

9/26/2015 National Hunting & Fishing Day

On September 26th we recognized this day of importance as we hosted our Fish Fry & Clay Target Shoot. Everyone was invited to participate, and we were extremely pleased with the attendance. We serve.... Read More

9/3/2015 Kid's "Discover" Cave in Noel MO

An energetic expedition of McDonald County youth recently investigated Bluff Dwellers Cave in Noel, as part of our monthly scheduled programs to involve kids in the outdoors and related activities. .... Read More

6/27/2015 Dinner Banquet Enjoyed by All

Our 2nd annual Dinner Banquet & Auction was a big success! Raffle game prizes a kayak, guns, and a bear proof ice chest. Our guest did an exeptional job of bidding on auction items, and helped us ra.... Read More

5/9/2015 Bones, Fur, and Storytelling

Kids ages 5-12 years old gathered at Hometown Bank, Jane Missiouri to view, touch, and hear stories about animal bones and fur. The collection of items is one of the most extensive of it's kind in t.... Read More

3/10/2015 "Featherfest" Introduces Youth to Game Bird Hunting

“I never shot a shotgun, and I never shot a clay target,” confirmed 10 year old Neveah Widener But she soon found herself doing both before heading to the designated hunting areas where guides and.... Read More

2/23/2015 Kids "DISCOVER" Cave in Noel MO

An energetic expedition of McDonald County youth recently investigated Bluff Dwellers Cave in Noel, as part of a recent field trip hosted by Young Outdoorsmen United. The excursion was part of the or.... Read More

1/17/2015 Youth Coon & Rabbit Hunt Extravaganza

Over 60 area youth ages 5 thru 18 gathered under perfect weather conditions to participate in “Cottontails, Coons, & Chili” held Saturday January 17th near Southwest City MO. The get-together w.... Read More

12/7/2014 KAW-Kaw-kaw

20 youth were selected thru a random drawing to participate in our "Call Me A Crow" event. Each youth attending was instucted by Realtree senior prostaff member, Brad Harris, to make their own person.... Read More

11/10/2014 Big Gig a Big Hit with Local Youth

A dozen youth from the area took turns aboard flat-bottom boats to try the century old practice of “gigg’n fish”, thanks to volunteers at the Big Gig event held on Elk River at Sycamore Landing,.... Read More


Cool and damp fall weather did not discourage over 100 shooters from turning out to shoot a variety of guns at the Young Outdoorsmen United Family Firearm Festival. Kids and adults strolled from st.... Read More

9/13/2014 Girls Learn Shooting, Archery, Fishing & More

A perfect early fall day provided the perfect backdrop for local girls to enjoy a day of outdoor activites. The young enthusiastic gals tested their skills at shooting pistols, rifles, bows, flintloc.... Read More

8/30/2014 Deer Call Seminar Makes Lots of Noise

A heard of area youth gathered together last week to learn the language of white-tail deer, plus how to make and operate a deer call to imitate sounds to draw them closer. A totalof 19 boys and 1.... Read More

7/27/2014 Free Picnic

There may a few things, but not many, that will beat a late July summer picnic full of kids, adults, hot dogs, cold drinks, swimming in the creek, old fashion games, and lots of laughs and fellows.... Read More

6/29/2014 Dinner Banquet

On Sunday June 29th we hosted our 1st Missouri National Guard Armory building in Anderson, MO. The event included BBQ, raffle games, free door prizes, and a silent auction. The event ended with.... Read More

4/7/2014 Build a turkey call seminar

It sounded like a room full of turkeys”, exclaimed Y.O.U. (Young Outdoorsmen United) volunteer Cody Sanny. “The kids actually sounded pretty good for just learning how to use the calls”. .... Read More

3/18/2014 A Beautiful Bluebird Day

The sky was clear, and unseasonably warm. Spring was showing up everywhere, it was a beautiful bluebird day! Not only because of the weather, but it was also a bluebird day thanks to the efforts of .... Read More

3/1/2014 Feathers Fly At FeatherFest

When you combine perfect weather, fast flying game birds, with enthusiastic kids, the results are bound to be a lot of smiles and good memories. That is exactly what happened on Saturday at the Young.... Read More

1/18/2014 Chili, Cornbread, and Coons

You could feel the excitement in the air as kids and adults gather around the tables to share a meal of chili and cornbread, plus all the fixings. Wide eyed youth listened to tall tales told by sever.... Read More

11/9/2013 Youth Enjoy A Night Of Gigging

Perfect weather, food, and fellowship was shared with local youth on Elk River as they took turns at the front of boats trying to gig fish at night. Aided by the use of generators and electric ligh.... Read More