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Our Mission

Provide opportunities for youth to forge a relationship with the outdoors and learn real-life skills.

About Us

More than a hunt, it’s a connection.

A collaboration of youth, hunting and conservation organizations, along with ranchers, landowners and state agencies have come together to create a nonprofit program called South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures. The sole purpose is to provide a quality youth hunting opportunity with the vision of developing it in to an annual event for the child.

Mentoring is the key to success! SDYHA works hard to create one of the finest mentoring programs with the most dedicated mentors. A great deal of emphasis is put on properly preparing the mentor for his or her role with the hunting youth. Mentoring provides opportunities to forge a relationship with the outdoors and connect with other people.

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Become a Mentor

Our mentors are experienced hunters within the Black Hills community! They have knowledge, passion and expertise for hunting. They also have something to share. They are a friend, confidant and a guide. They truly care about helping children develop a love for nature and hunting. They are supportive and encouraging, patient, open minded and good listeners. The mentors are willing to give the time and attention that is needed for supporting youth.

Mentor Requirements

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • serve as a positive role model for a child
  • submit a background check
  • commit to spending quality time with a child as they learn the process of becoming a responsible, safe hunter
  • commit to meeting the responsibilities of a mentor as outlined in the Mentor Time and Responsibility Commitment List
  • be free of drug and alcohol abuse or treatment for 3 years
  • have a valid driver’s license, access to an insured vehicle, and proof of insurance
  • agree to an interview with a Big Brother Big Sisters’ Case Manager
  • agree to not mentor your own child or another relative



Fishing Report

Black Hills: Even with the warmer weather, fishing opportunities are good. Catches of trout reported on many lakes with corn, powerbait and crawlers. Perch are hanging about 35 feet suspended and are biting on jigs with piece of crawler....

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Mentors Positive Impact on Community

Mentors are playing an increasingly more important roll in our Community. We have a great group of mentors so far and are looking for more. Consider becoming a mentor in your community. Here is what a SDYHA Mentor does:...

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