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Reid Cummings may be a middle school student, but he is already a great hunter. During a recent hunting experience organized by Pheasants Forever in Sioux City, he harvested four pheasants and that’s only the tip of his hunting trophies.

Lisa Cummings, Reid’s mother, states that her son loves to be outdoors and hunting game. He has already signed up to participate in Youth / Mentor hunts in three different counties.

Reid also stated that he loves being outdoors and for each game animal there is a different experience. For instance, for pheasants, the young hunter loves to see the dogs getting excited and the thrill of seeing the bird flush and taking a shot is a real rush of adrenaline.

Cummings is the ideal “student of the game” for Scott Rustwick, secretary with the Woodbury County Pheasants Forever Chapter. One of his main aims is to encourage young hunters, like Reid. He hopes this will secure the future of hunting and local conservation efforts.

Their efforts are often concentrated on hosting free events like the Youth / Mentor hunt every season. These special events pair up a young adult with an experienced adult hunter.

"We try to make it a one-on-one (ratio) and if parents want to walk along, they may," Rustwick started to explain. "We make it a safe hunt, but we want to give them a chance to shoot some birds."

Rustwick described Reid as a “...pretty good marksman.” This was telling as on one Youth hunt he harvested a third of the 12 pheasants bagged on the day by seven participants.

Reid tries to get as much hunting done with his dad as possible. But this isn’t always possible as his father lives in Idaho. However, the pair always manage at least one pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota which Reid describes as “...a blast.”

Have you helped with a youth pheasant hunt this season? How else can we encourage youngsters to join pheasant hunting trips?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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