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Chapter News - July 01, 2008

PF Mentored Youth Hunt

Date: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I know it's hard to think about hunting in the middle of the summer heat but it is time to make plans for the fall pheasant hunting season.

This year's Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 Mentored Youth Hunt will be held on October 11, 2008 in the Brandy Camp area of Elk County, Pennsylvania. This is one the club's biggest and best events of the year. Many hunters say introducing youth to pheasant hunting is one of the most rewards hunts of the year.

Signs will be posted along the highway denoting the area authorized for the hunt. The hunt area is approximately one thousand acres in size, so teams will have ample room to spread out for safe hunting. The day will begin at 7AM and end at approximately 4PM. Every hour, 4-5 teams of 4 (dog handler, dog, youth hunter, and adult mentor), will head to the field for a two hour guided hunt. Prior to each team departing for the field, a final safety briefing will be held at the registration area.

Every youth must attend the safety day on October 5, 2008 at the Fox Township Sportsmen complex from 1-4PM. This will be a mandatory 3 hour safety seminar that will be focused on gun and dog safety, 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. This seminar has been held on previous year's events, and was well received by the youth and adults.

Our many goals include have a safe hunt; increase interest in youth hunting; foster camaraderie among adults and local youth: appreciate the work of good dogs: have fun!

Applications are now available for this years Mentored Youth Hunt. Deadline for completed application is September 15, 2008 and space is limited to 35 youth - first come, first served! Pick up an application at Loves Canoe in Ridgway, and Smith's Sports Store and Ammo and Arms in St. Marys or email Leon Blashock at tobrits@windstream.net 814-885-8950 or Mike Cesa at cesamike@hotmail.com 814-885-6318.

Feel the need to get involved? Visit www.northcentralpa.pheasantsforever.org for more information on our local events.