posted on April 13, 2014 21:50
A guided pheasant hunt in Northern Nevada was enjoyed by 100 youths last month.. The second annual Mason Valley Hunt Club Youth Pheasant Hunt is now looking to become an annual event say the Mason Valley Hunt Club owners, Tony Reviglio and Marty Howard.
The hunt is free of charge for any youths between the ages 10 and 17 who sign up from the surrounding areas. Some of the participants come from as far as Winnemucca.
The participants are allowed to shoot as many as four pheasants which are planted on the property of the hunt club.
Besides this, the youths can enjoy a served lunch and have an opportunity to win a donated raffle prize. The prizes included shotguns, rifles, hunts and other associated goodies.
Reviglio has stated for some of the youths it will be their first experience of hunting. He continued to suggest the importance of introducing the hunting sport to the next generation and that this will drive them to continue to host the event every year.
Another benefit is that it is a great way to encourage the younger generation to experience some time outdoors.
This year there were two participants who were foreign exchange students from Reno. Given that these youths were on their first hunt they were loaned shotguns.
The participants of this youth day did not require a hunting license as the hunt was conducted on the private hunting grounds of the hunt club.
The number of participants on the hunt was up this year from the 65 that attended last year. Because word of mouth had been so efficient – the organizers had to split the day into two groups of 50, one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
This would be the limit for next year unless there were additional volunteer guides. This year the one hundred youths were guided by seven guides who had kindly donated their time.
The event was also sponsored by a number of local businesses which provided financial support and donated to the raffle prizes.
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