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If you love the outdoors and are looking for a place to live in Kansas, there is no better place than Dodge City. That is what local football coach, Dave Foster thinks.

Dave Foster, one of only 11 football players from the Beloit area to be named to the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star team and to return to it, has been in Dodge City for eight seasons with his wife and children.

“I live for the outdoors,” Foster states. “It’s my passion, too.”

One of the passions that Foster has with the outdoors is hunting, especially pheasants. He also likes to share this passion with the local youth. “Probably 90 percent or more of our students have never experienced things like fishing, hunting or other outdoor activities,” Foster said. “And I think that’s a shame.”

As part of his ambition to bring the youth to the outdoors, Foster and other faculty members conduct hunter education programs. In the past two years, there have been about 350 students who have received their Kansas hunter education certificate after they’ve skipped their usual 84 minute physical education class on a Wednesday over seven weeks.

Foster supports the students by working closely with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff. Funds are provided through several grants.

“We’re just trying to get kids the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors,” Foster recently stated to the media. “We couldn’t do things like this without a great deal of support from our administration. They’ve empowered us to do these things and bring these outdoor experiences and education to many students.”

One of the latest trips was when Foster took a group of youths to a small tract of native grass on Conservation Reserve Program land. Within a few hours the group had bagged their first couple of roosters. During the rest of the day they had bagged five more roosters with several other near misses.

How were you introduced to pheasant hunting? Do you think that programs like this are positive for the sport?

Let us know in the comments below.

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