Date(s): Saturday, October 19, 2013
Hours: 12:00 AM
Event: Youth Mentor Hunt 2013
The 6th Annual Youth Mentor Hunt sponsored by Pheasants Forever Black Hawk County Chapter #58 took place on Saturday, October 19, 201, at the Cedar Falls Gun Club, located on W. Cedar Wapsi Road, just north of Cedar Falls. About 1 young men and women between 12 and 15 years old began the day at 7:15 A.M. and finished the final activity around 4:00 P.M. Each youth was assigned an adult mentor for the day and the day consisted of the following:
Pheasants 101 This class explained the biology of the Ringneck pheasant, and taught the youth how to identify a rooster from a hen.It also explained about the habitat of a pheasant and what we can do to help them survive. There was 2 real pheasants brought in so that the kids could learn about the specifics of pheasants.
Landowner Relations This class taught the youth the proper way to ask for permission to hunt on landowners property, and build a lasting relationship with the landowner. Hunter ethics was also covered in this course.
Dog Handling This class dealt with the proper way to approach a pointing dog while on point. The students learned how to react as the bird is flush. This is done with a real life simulation as the birds will be planted in cover; the dog will approach and point. The students were asked to approach the dog with wooden guns and treat the situation as it would be in the field.
Shooting and Safety This class took place on the trap range as the kids were instructed on gun safety from a shooting instructor. The youth learned proper shooting form and techniques. They also got to shoot a round of trap before heading out to the field.
The Hunt To conclude the day, the youth and mentors were assigned to fields with birds, dogs and dog handlers to experience a real life Iowa pheasant hunt. Teams were challenged to see who returns with the biggest smile and pride about their day’s accomplishments.
Our Chapter's focus is three-fold: To teach these young men and women the safe way to hunt and to handle a gun; to have them learn about hunting and the great outdoors; and, most importantly, to have fun so that they grow up as hunters and conservationists.
The Youth Mentor Hunt is funded by the Black Hawk County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, local businesses and profits raised at the annual Pheasants Forever Banquet. Special thanks to Iowa Quail Farm, McDonalds Restaurants, Farmers State Bank, First National Bank, Liberty Bank, Lincoln Savings Bank, Cedar Falls Hy-Vee, and the Cedar Falls Gun Club for all the support. The day is free of charge for the youth and the event would not be possible without the generous donations and help from the community.