Pheasants Forever youth hunt planned for Nov. 10
October 11, 2018
Hunting is becoming a lost tradition, says High Plains Pheasants Forever Chapter President Dean Bowman.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, he said. By getting people involved at a young age, the tradition can be kept alive for generations to come.
Enter the annual Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt.
For about 15 years, the High Plains Pheasants Forever Chapter, based in Pine Bluffs, has taken area youths on what is likely their first hunting experience.
This year’s hunt is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. at the Silver Wings Hunting Preserve near LaGrange.
How it works
Along with Pheasants Forever volunteers and Wyoming Game and Fish personnel, the Cheyenne-based Hidden Pines Retrievers Club provides bird dogs and handlers for the event.
Typically, three or so children will hunt with one dog and its handler alongside volunteers. Their parents or guardians are also required to be present for safety reasons.
Prior to the hunt, children who have never hunted or handled a firearm are given the opportunity to shoot at clay pigeons to familiarize themselves with their weapons.
“Once we feel they’re ready (to hunt), we take them out in the field,” Bowman said.
Safety is the number-one priority and event organizers take every conceivable precaution to keep participants and volunteers safe.
How to go
The hunt, scheduled for November 10, is open to youth age 10 to 17.
Those interested may pick up an application at Allwayz Manufacturing located at 9290 I-80 Service Road just outside of Pine Bluffs or by calling Dean Bowman at 287-0259.
Applications are due back by November 1. First-time pheasant hunters will be given priority.
There is no cost for the hunt.