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When you ask pheasant hunters where they got their first taste of their favourite sport, many of them will say it was with their fathers and grandfathers. This is especially true when there were an abundant number of pheasants in Southern Michigan. However, as the pheasant population has declined, so have the number of hunters who are spending time in the field.

This has resulted in today’s youth not having the same opportunities as their forefathers by hunting pheasants with their parents and grandparents. Many of these youths do get some hunting opportunities, but normally it is limited to deer, rabbits, squirrels and waterfowl. These hunting experiences can sometimes be less exciting.

To combat this, a youth hunting experience has been planned that is designed to show youths the opportunities and joy that can be had by hunting pheasants in the wild. The youth hunt is planned for January 30, and will be held at the Len Jenkins Hunt Club, just north of Reading. A youth and mentor can enjoy the experience of hunting together on this day, for the price of just one license.

The all day hunting event will include a number of activities and lectures to support participants in having a great, but safe, hunting experience. The day will include gun safety and shooting instruction, shooting stationary and flying targets (pheasants). Then there will be some ‘bonding time’ on a 200 acre preserve.

The hunt is being provided by Hillsdale County Pheasants Forever. During the day there will be at least 30 hard-flying pheasants that can be harvested in a morning or afternoon hunt. The hunt will also include time with a trained pheasant dog and support from members of the Pheasants Forever chapter.

The cost for the day, which starts at 9am and ends at 5pm, is going to be $150. Those that want to attend are being advised to bring their own shotguns, ammo and hunter orange hunting clothes. Licenses will not be required.

What are your first memories of pheasant hunting? How were you introduced?

Let us know in the comments below.

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