Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt a hit despite cold, misty day
Thirty-nine excited youngsters turned out for the 15th annual Chisago County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt on a dreary Saturday Oct. 5, but the weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.
Held again at Rocky Bay Kennel and Hunt Club near Pine City, the hunt was for youth, both boys and girls, ages 12 to 15 who had their gun safety certificates.
The event started with a gun safety talk, followed by a 25-shot round of sporting clays target shooting, a hunt for pheasants with a guide and trained pointing dog, free shot gun shells, lunch and a Youth Pheasants Forever membership.
“As always, we had a lot of excited kids, especially the first timers,” said Jon Olsen, event chairman.
“I’d do this any day,” enthused first-timer Kevin Nephew, whose partner Jack Greene added, “I’m already coming back next year. It has been an exciting day.”
Improving habitat for pheasants and other wildlife is the top priority for Pheasants Forever, according to Tim Kane, chapter president. But introducing the next generation of youth to carry on the hunting and conservation legacy is another priority of the national organization. In fact, they have a program called “No Child Left Inside,” which is aimed at getting youth outdoors instead sitting on a couch and watching TV or playing computer games and videos.
PF chapter members who helped put on the event included Jon Olsen, Steve Zirkle, Paul Tralle, Mike Egelkraut, Bruce Gockowski, Neil Evenson, Kent Emery, Syl Marking and Jim Jorgenson. Carrie Jorgenson of the Pine City Dairy Queen donated the free lunch.