Half-Price Youth Lifetime Permit Program - 2013 Report

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One Youth s S tory ' T " here were 75 turkeys in this field the other day," said father Jim Tubbs of Lincoln to his 13-year-old daughter, Jaci, during a recent turkey hunt near Denton. However, while there were turkeys seen early the morning of the hunt, not a single one came within bow range while Jaci and her dad were hunting. But no worries – with a $5 turkey permit in one pocket and a lifetime small game hunting permit in her other, that morning was just the beginning of a life in the outdoors for this young lady. "She drew her own name during a raffle with the Prairie Bowmen in 2007 for the half-priced lifetime small game permit," said Jim, also a volunteer mentor with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. However, it wasn't until she was 11 that she wanted to start hunting with dad. "When she asked me if she could go I told her it was time to buy her a shotgun – but she declined," he said. "If I can't bow hunt with you I'm not hunting," Jaci told him. "I don't like loud noises." From that point forward, Jim had a new hunting partner – the same person who had been his shooting partner since she was 5. "She started with a Brave recurve bow at that young age," Jim said, "then I got her a Stacy compound." By the time she was officially able to start 3 shooting in the Natonal Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in fourth grade, Jaci had been shooting with her dad for several years. Her experience quickly showed. As a sixth grader she was the NASP state runner-up in the elementary division, which she followed up with a state title in the 2013 junior high division as a seventh grader. In May, she took this title on the road and competed against 10,000 other shooters at the NASP national tournament in Louisville, Ky. But as much as she likes competition shooting, the mornings in a hunting blind keep pulling her back. "I get more excited hunting than shooting targets," she said, "probably because my targets move when I'm hunting. I've even been shaky." Ironically, she wasn't shaky at all when shooting for an additional $1,000 scholarship during a NASP shoot-off at the state competition in March, a contest she won for all female age brackets. Yet hunting remains different. Although she has been going with dad for years, she's still waiting for her first archery kill of any kind. And while it's probably not the right time for her to be thinking about shooting small game with her bow yet – perhaps there's a rabbit hunt in her future – that day may soon come. If so, she'll have the lifetime permit to do it.

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