Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for a trip?
A: Youth with physical disabilities or youth with life-threatening illnesses are encouraged to apply for a dream fishing or hunting trip through Youth Outdoors Unlimited.

Q: Is there an age limit to the youth accepted into the program?
A: Youth applying for a hunting adventure must be able to pass a hunter's education class and must be under the age of 21 at the time of application. A youth applying for a fishing adventure can be eligible at a younger age but we encourage youth to be at least 8 years of age. Each application will be reviewed based on the youth applying. Please contact our Executive Director to discuss your application if you have any questions.

Q: If my child is interested in a dream hunting trip, what is required?
A: Youth wishing to go on a dream hunting trip are required to participate and pass a Hunter's education class. In the event that your youth has an inability to attend classes because of health reasons, please contact Youth Outdoors Unlimited for further assistance.

Q: Do I need to purchase my child's hunting or fishing license?
A: No, please contact Youth Outdoors Unlimited before any license purchase. Part of the program is purchasing necessary licenses and/or tags for the dream trip.

Q: What is the family cost for a youth dream trip?
A: All related expenses for the youth's trip is covered by Youth Outdoors Unlimited; please visit our Trips Include tab for details of covered expenses. All expenses for the participating youth and 2 parents/guardians are covered. Additional family members wishing to attend the trip, over the covered members, are asked to make a financial contribution to the expenses for food.

Q: How many trips may my child participate in?
A: Because Youth Outdoors Unlimited spends extensive time and money on each youth and because of the need to provide trips to other youths, a participant is limited to one wish trip in a lifetime.

Q: How long are the trips?
A: Fishing trips are typically a 1 to 2 day trip. Y.O.U. guarantees a maximum 3 days of hunting. Hunting trips are 1-3 days.

Q: What if my child becomes ill before the planned trip?
A: Once a youth is accepted, in the event that the youth becomes ill, the trip will be completed when the youth can physically participate. Our application does require a physician's verification of disability or illness, as well as a medical release before each trip is taken.

Q: What if my child does not successfully harvest an animal during his/her hunting trip?
A: Although the ultimate goal would be for every youth hunting to harvest an animal, the overall goal of Youth Outdoors Unlimited is to provide the experience of hunting camp, training and the lifelong interest in the outdoors. We do our best to provide opportunity for a youth to harvest an animal, but there is no guarantee.