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Early hunting season gives kids & mentors a chance to bond

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SOLON (KWWL) -- This weekend marks the beginning of Fall deer hunting in Iowa. Youth and Disabled Seasons kicked off at dawn.

KWWL caught up with one young hunter, Trevor Yahr, right after his first early morning of the year. The 13 year-old has been hunting for several years, and his favorite place to spot a pair of antlers is right in his backyard.

"We got up at 5:30, got all our stuff on and went out," said Trevor Yahr.

"The real advantage of being able to go out in the backyard is in 15 minutes we can be in the tree hunting," said his dad, Tim Yahr.

Fall weekends are busy for any teenager, but Trevor and Tim look for any opportunity they can find to hunt.

"It's difficult," said Tim. "We can afford to spend only an hour or hour and a half. If you have to drive to go somewhere it makes it almost impossible. with kids that are this active."

With so much going on, you might wonder why the pair make it a priority. Of course, a brag-worthy buck is a good incentive, but its also one of the few times a father and son have to hang out.

"I just like it because it's a good time, and you get to see a lot of stuff that you don't normally see. And I get to make a bond with my dad," said Trevor.

"It's fantastic. It's a great opportunity for the kids to get much more supervised training for a longer period of time than I was exposed to," Tim added.

Spending time in the field, specifically focused on a kid, is the point of youth season. Every boy or girl must take along a mentor, giving the experienced hunter a chance to pass along skills and advice that come with years of practice.

"Youth season allows you to slow down. You're usually in a stand, so you have basically a set position, and that mentor is up there with you. You can talk back and forth, you can ask what you're seeing. The youth can ask if this is a good shot. There's a whole lot more chance to learn, as well as enjoying the outdoors," explained Joe Wilkinson from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR expects about nine thousand kids to participate in Youth Season. 250 disabled hunters took advantage of the early start as well. Both run through October 3rd. Archery Season is next up -- bow hunters can hit the field October 1st.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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