On October 15, 2016, the Cornhusker Pheasants Forever Chapter held its 21st annual Youth Mentor Day. There were 29 participants, ages 12 to 15-years-old, who attended the event along with 49 adult volunteers who helped make this event a huge success.
Each youth was teamed with a mentor to work with them one-on-one throughout the day’s activities. Mentors helped teach safety to the youth through many activities including shooting blue rock, stationary targets, learning how to reload shotgun shells, and how to locate downed birds. A representative from the Nebraska Game and Parks also instructed youth about habitat and how important it is to our pheasant population,
The highlight of the day was a live pheasant hunt that occurred at Beede Outdoors. The youth, guided by their mentors, experienced a very realistic field hunting experience using bird dogs controlled by a dog handler. This year each youth participant was able to take a shot at a Ring-Neck Pheasant and 72% were successful.
After the events of the day, the Cornhusker Pheasants Forever Chapter provided lunch for everyone. Those who completed the youth hunt received a hunting vest provided by a joint partnership of Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. All in all, it was a very successful day full of education, sportsmanship, and fun.
This event was made possible by contributions to our annual banquet. This year’s banquet will take place on February 24, 2017 at the Lancaster Events Center. There will be games, raffles, buffet dinner, and a live auction. All proceeds from this event will help fund our youth hunt and habitat projects in Lancaster County. To purchase tickets for this event, check out www.cornhuskerpf.com