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I got my son signed up too! These are great opportunities...thanks guys.
 

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We, Pheasants Forever Chapter 630, are doing two Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunts in Elk County during this year’s Youth Pheasant Season, one each of the two Saturdays. We are accepting up to 65 youth for each of the two Saturdays.

The October 12th hunt still has opening but is starting to fill up. The October 19th hunt still has plenty of openings so get those youth signed up. All registration is being done through the Game Commission web site so go there to get them registered but make sure you clink the “Add a hunter” option instead of cancel or you will not really be registered. You should get an e-mail confirming your registration and if you didn’t you are not registered and need to try again.

We also require all hunters to attend a mandatory safety day to be held on September 29th at 1:00 pm at the Fox Township Sportsmen Club. During that event all hunters will find out their assigned hunt time and whom their dog handler will be but more importantly they will get a short classroom period of safety training on hunting over dogs then they will get to watch some dogs working birds. They should bring the shotgun they will be using on the hunt with them because they will also be shooting some trap with their gun while an experienced shooting coach gives them some pointers.

If you are close enough this hunt is good one where we are confident each hunter will get some opportunities to harvest birds. Typically about half of the youth get their limit and most of the others get at least one bird and pretty much everyone does some shooting even if they aren’t lucky enough to connect on a harvest. Bring lots of shells; we have seen kids shoot over a box of shells during their two hours of mentored hunting.

Each youth gets to hunt, with their mentor (mom, dad, grandparent or who ever of their choice) as their coach over one of our dogs being controlled by a dog handler for two hours. Most of the dogs are excellent pointers but we do also pair some of the more experienced youth with some of the dog handlers with flushing dogs.

Either way it is guaranteed to be a great day for both you and your young hunters. Get them signed up in one of the many Youth Hunts being held across this state.

Dick Bodenhorn
 
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