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On the 12th December 2015, the 8th Annual Youth and Women’s hunt was held at Glen Elder and hosted by Pass It On, Outdoor Mentors.

The hunt is targeted to help pass on the sport to new young and female hunters. The hunters are normally joined by some high profile ex-NFL players, some US Military members and numerous volunteers who are seeking out more pheasant hunters.

This year there was a good turnout of both new youth and women hunters looking to taste their first success participating in the popular hunting sport.

The day started off with a dry run walk-through hunt. This included how to keep in line with other hunters, about zones of fire and reinforcing the safety lessons that should have been taught during their Hunter education class.

After this the hunting party were moved to the range where they could practice their shotgun shooting skills by practicing on some clay targets. After their shooting practice, the group took off to the field for some hunting. However, the group didn’t hunt wild pheasants but instead had a controlled hunt where pheasants were released from bird launchers.

The joy of the day was apparent. “It was my best day hunting ever…and I didn’t even carry a gun!” was the comment from one parent when asked by his son what his thoughts of the day were. The son had managed to bag his first pheasant on the day.

The event was run by Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors. The national organization is based in Wichita, Kansas with a mission to provide youths with mentors who want to share their experiences and skills of traditional outdoor sports and activities. This furthers their ultimate aim to give youths the opportunity to connect with nature. They have active partnerships with several organizations including Pheasants Forever, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Have you gone on a youth pheasant hunt this year? What were your experiences?

Let us know in the comments below.

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