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Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program

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The Future Fisherman Foundation’s Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program (HOFNOD) is one of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s most active youth educational programs. With this program we are able to promote family togetherness through fishing within the State of Maine.

Can the simple act of going fishing really be used to overcome a very serious issue that is affecting our young people today? Surprisingly, yes!

Some of the reasons youth begin using alcohol or other drugs include: boredom, lack of motivation, poor social and communication skills, low self-esteem and peer pressure. The Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs program uses fishing to address: positive alternatives to drug use, motivation, communication, self-esteem building, responsibility, positive role models, the ability to overcome peer pressure, good problem-solving and decision making skills, and improved family interaction.

Learning to fish does not guarantee that a child will remain drug free. However, children who possess the above life skills and can communicate with their parents are less likely to turn to drugs.

Program Funding: The 118th Legislature, enacted legislation that the Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs program be established in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to encourage youth fishing activities in the State of Maine. The enactment of this law also authorized that the department may accept money, goods and services. Money, goods and services accepted by the department under this law may be used only for activities associated with youth education.

Donations to the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program help fund volunteer instructor training as well as loaner equipment for both open water and ice fishing and educational hand-outs and materials for youth and families in Maine.

Checks may also be sent to: IF&W Youth Education, 41 State House Station, Augusta, Maine  04333-0041.  Make payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine/Youth Education.

Tax-deductible contribution