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Chapter News - October 06, 2012

2012 Mentored Hunt Apps

2012 Mentored Hunt Apps

Date: Saturday, October 06, 2012

2011 PF Youth Hunt Jasmine Calson Carla Wegemer Cory Huff Successful dog handler, Jasmine Carlson along with Carla Wegemer and Corry Huff at the 2011 Pheasants Forever Mentored Youth Hunt near Brandy Camp, PA.

It is so important to keep the youth of today involved with hunting and conservation to become good stewards of nature in the future. The 11th Annual Pheasant Forever Mentored Youth Hunt is scheduled for October 6, 2012 on PA State Game Lands 44, near Shawmut in Horton Township. This event is sponsored by Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 with assistance from the Fox Township Sportsmen Club.


Dozens of the very best dogs and dog handlers from the surrounding community come year after year to help the young hunters learn about upland game bird hunting. Their passion for the outdoors is infectious. Safety is stressed over and over to the youth. Everyone makes a few news friends. Many of the dog handlers repeat stories from past years and joke it was their most rewarding hunt all season long. This hunt has been used as a model for other mentored youth hunts in Pennsylvania. Pictures and video capture the event. Success doesn't depend on the number of birds harvested.

"The greatest thing in my opinion is the way some of the past youth hunters have stepped forward to become guides for our events," says Tim Rowan, event coordinator. "With the help of PF members these young hunters have purchased, cared for and trained dogs. They are now acting as guides for our youth hunts, foundation youth hunts and veteran hunts. This year will be no exception, I expect at least three youth to act as guides at our youth hunt. That tells me the program will continue long after some of the older members and dogs retire to big hunting grounds. I couldn't be happier or prouder of the youth who have stepped forward to carry our mission into the coming years."

This is Tim Rowan's second year to coordinate the event. Tim has encouraged more dog handlers from further out of the area so that we increase the number of kids who can participate in the event. German Shorthair pointers know their way around the field. Labradors, setters and spaniels of all types will show off their talents and instincts

Signs will be posted along the highway denoting the area authorized for the hunt. The hunt area is located west of State Route 219 in a reclaimed strip mine on PA State Game Lands 44, specifically the Shawmut Tract off Shawmut Road in Horton Township. The hunt area is approximately one thousand acres in size so 40-50 youth will have ample room to spread out for a safe pheasant hunting experience. The day will begin at 7AM with formal registration, and end at approximately 4PM. Every hour, 6 teams of 4 (dog handler, dog, youth hunter, and adult mentor), will head to the field for a two hour guided hunt. A final safety briefing will be held at the registration area prior to each team departing for the field. Lunch is provided free of charge.

Every youth must attend the safety day on September 30, 2012 at the Fox Township Sportsmen complex from 1-4PM. This will be a mandatory 3 hour safety seminar for the youth and their parent or adult that will be focused on gun and dog safety and hunter ethics. A review of safe hunting practices will be followed by demonstrations of dogs pointing and flushing birds at work, and trap shooting. At the trap area, hunters will demonstrate their abilities to safely handle the firearm they will use on the hunt. Twelve and twenty gauge shells will be provided for the trap shooting. Hunt assignments and time will be handed out after the training. This seminar has been held on previous years' events, and was well received by the youth and adults. Attendance is mandatory!


Applications and firearm waivers are now available for this year's PF Mentored Youth Hunt. Deadline for completed application and firearm waiver is September 8, 2012 and space is limited to 45 youth - first come, first served! Pick up an application at Lazy River Canoe in Ridgway, and Elk County Ammo and Arms in St. Marys. They can also be found online at Any questions can be answered by calling or e-mailing event coordinator Tim Rowan at or call (814)715-2754.

There is a local Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 meeting on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Ridgway Capital City fire hall on Front Street. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visit our web site at for meeting dates, hunting information, recipes, officers list and more.