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Successful year for Wildlife Unlimited youth hunters

Aubrey Locke (right) harvested a big 8-point buck on Sept. 14. She had been hunting with her WU mentor Ally Polich for the past two years. This is Aubrey’s last Youth Hunt as she has aged out of the program. She hopes to become a WU mentor next year.Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County sponsored the annual Youth Hunt on Sept. 14-15 during the Michigan Liberty Hunt weekend. There were 18 youth who participated with 15 harvesting deer of which four were bucks and 11 were does. Youth ages 12-16 were paired with a WU mentor and hunted on Wildlife Unlimited authorized food plots. WU had the deer processed at Sommers Sausage Shop for successful hunters. Lunch was provided for the group by Beef-a-Roo. Each youth participant was required to attend a sight-in session at the Alpha Rifle and Pistol range. Five of the youth hunters were part of the Kinship of Iron County program. They included Dallas Campbell, Summer Holt, Brandi Peterson, Dylan Benjamin and Dalton Campbell. Some of the youth were first-time hunters. They were Dallas Campbell, Jonah Holmberg, Dalton Campbell, Brandyn Clements and Ryker Gill. WU Youth Hunt coordinator Scott Westphal said that many of the youth hunters were excited and proud to put meat on their families table. (submitted photos)