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About the DPR
Dates for 2016 Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Feb. 5-6, Dyersburg, Tennessee
Davis P. Rice was the son of Tennessee Wildlife Federation board member and former chair, Tom Rice. Davis was an avid outdoorsman and his favorite activity in the world was hunting ducks in northwest Tennessee. Davis died tragically in a car accident in 2007, and his family wanted to find a way to honor him through his love of all things outdoors. That’s how the event came to be in 2008. The DPR is now considered to be the largest youth waterfowl hunt in the U.S.
Who goes on the hunt?
The DPR, as it’s known, is a BY INVITATION ONLY event. We bring together around 120 youth hunters selected from the ranks of our Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program. Once a pool of qualified, 15-years-old and younger candidates is established, preference is given to kids who have never been hunting or experienced a waterfowl hunt. The total number of hunters is determined by available blinds and blind captains. Each hunter, while not necessarily experienced in the field, will have completed the TWRA Hunter Education course and have significant experience on the range as a member of a TNSCTP team.
How does it work?
All hunters, parents, and blind captains arrive in Dyersburg the Friday before the Saturday hunt, usually around the first weekend of February. Participants gather at Dyersburg’s Lannom Center Friday evening for a banquet where they will also check in, receive their blind assignments, and other materials. In addition to a great meal, the banquet features a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment, safety briefings, and more. The next morning, participants meet their blind captains at a pre-arranged location and disperse to their designated blind somewhere in the northwest Tennessee area. The hunt usually lasts from early morning through early afternoon, sometimes longer depending on the movement of ducks.
Each blind determines when it’s time to call it a day. Participants are then free to head home. TWF will distribute surveys later to be completed by participants. Hunters are encouraged to take photos of their experience and post them on their social media accounts with the hashtag #davispricehunt.
Gallery of past DPR events
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Check out this “Tennessee’s Wild Side” feature about the 2015 DPR!
Philip Kruger, TWF Youth Hunting & Fishing coordinator: (601) 622-5375
Andrew Peercy, TNSCTP manager: (615) 598-6529
Map and directions to Lannom Center (at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce)
• Check-in at the Lannom Center begins at 4 p.m. Friday evening. The banquet begins at 6.
• Teams leave for blinds at 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Hunt officially ends at 3 p.m.
Participants are responsible for their own lodging. TWF recommends these motels in Dyersburg (click the name to go to the motel’s website):
What to bring
• Completed and signed release (DOWNLOAD HERE)
• Shotgun that will shoot steel (IC choke)
• Camouflage and boots (preferably rubber)
• Cold-weather gear like gloves, face masks, long johns, etc. Prepare for wet and cold conditions!
• Junior Sportsman Hunting license (Type 002)
• Hunter Education card for anyone over 10
• No federal duck stamp is required for juvenile hunters
TWF will supply 2 boxes of steel shot shotgun shells in 12ga 2 ¾” and 3″ and 20ga 3″ – you are encouraged bringing extra.
Breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be served in the blind. Your blind will also be supplied with snacks, but bring your own drinks. Some blinds will have heat and some will not, so be prepared and dress warm!
Non-chaperon parents are welcome, but will need to pay $10 per adult for the banquet meal (our cost).
Each youth participant will receive a TWF fleece beanie, meal ticket, and ammo for the hunt. Additional beanies may be purchased at the event for $15. Also available will be a new, waxed cotton Hunters for the Hungry cap ($25) and a newly designed black TWF Youth Hunting & Fishing hoodie ($25).