Duck Hunting With Grandpa Field Trip

Author "Duck Hunting With Grandpa" Helen Hunter (Left Red Coat) taking a group shot with some of the kids


Duck Hunting with grandpa is a field trip who's theme is based on the book  "Duck Hunting With Grandpa", by Helen Hunter, a Cedar Rapids resident. The book enables youngsters to discover and experience the sport of duck hunting through the experiences of and conversations between an 11-year-old boy and his grandpa.

You may order your copy of any one of the "Hunting With Grandpa" series Turkey Hunting with "Grandpa or Duck Hunting with Grandpa"

You may request an autographed copy of either book by sending a check for the amount of the book/shipping & handling listed above to: Hunter House Publications, 1132 21st Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

 The field trip was a day long trip for about 60 Wapello third graders on Friday, November 14.

The trip stated with a short bus ride to the Port Louisa National wildlife refuge where the kids were able to see all kinds of wildlife like, bald eagles, wild turkeys, and many waterfowl.

The kids then looked at the water inlet tubes and learned a little about management of the lake. They are then taken to Shaffer Access where they learn about the controlled hunting area and partake in a mock blind drawing.

The afternoon sessions started about noon at Sand Run at  Lake Odessa.

The students rotated through five sessions.
Each group of about 12 students visited each station for about 20 minutes. The five
sessions were tour of a duck blind; decoys; duck calling; dog
demonstration; and meet the author of "Duck Hunting with Grandpa."

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Jeff Hammond (local duck hunter) and Greg Schmitt (Iowa DNR employee & hunter) teaching the kids about the importance of decoys and placement



 8:40 Leave school
 9:00 Arrive at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
 9:10 Bus tour of refuge
 10:00 Hike & look at inlet tube
 10:45 Bus leaves for check station at Schafer Access
 11:00 Learn about "the draw"
 11:30 Lunch (at the check station)
 12:00 Bus leaves for Sand Run
 12:15 Divide into groups
 12:20 Rotate between Sand Run sessions
 2:20 Load bus to return to school


We would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for the event.

Sponsors for the field trip include:

SPECIAL THANKS  goes out to Katie Dalton from the Louisa County Conservation Board
Louisa County Conservation Board
Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Waterfowl Association of Iowa


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