The cold fall temperatures did not stop 23 youth and their mentors from rising early to participate in the 16th Annual Pheasants Forever Youth Mentor Pheasant Hunt that was held Saturday morning at Husker Hunts south of Ord.
The Mentor Hunt gives youth, age 12-15 that have recently, taken and passed, a Hunters Safety Education class a chance to hunt pheasants with the guidance of experienced adult hunters. The youth get to put their skills to the test with a blue rock shooting range, an archery range, and a live pheasant hunt while also learning about trapping and wildlife conservation and habitat.
Pheasants are released on the land prior to the hunt to ensure that there are plenty to be hunted. Pointing dogs, and their owners, were used to help aide the hunters. The youth are each allowed to bag up to two pheasants if the opportunity presents itself. Once the hunt is over the young hunters are shown how to clean their birds properly. The youth are allowed to take their birds home to eat. The youth bagged 21 rooster pheasants. Fifteen of the youth had never even had the opportunity to pheasant hunt before that day and eleven of those youth got the thrill of bagging their first pheasant.
The Mentor Hunt concludes around 1 p.m. with a meal, for the mentors and students as well as the staff, served by the local Pheasants Forever Chapter.
The Pheasants Forever Youth Mentor Hunt program began in 1996 and has provided an opportunity for over 10,000 youth across the State of Nebraska to hunt pheasants.
Chairmen Jeff and Jennifer Grooms appreciate the many willing volunteers and donations that help with this event yearly. This is a very rewarding program to put on for the area youth. We especially appreciate Larry and Robin Koelling letting us use the Husker Hunt facilities every year--without their hospitality, this might not be possible."
The next event for the local Loup River Pheasants Forever Chapter will be their Annual Banquet on Sat., March 9, 2013 at the Ord Veteran's Club.