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Chapter News - October 10, 2009

PF Youth Hunt 2009

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009

MENTORED YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT

Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 is pleased to announce that our Eighth Annual 2009 Youth Hunt, held on October 10, 2009, was another huge success. Two lucky kids won shotguns donated by our club. The winners for the Remington 870 20 gauge shotguns were Josh Zylinski, and Emily Pollino.

This event gets bigger and better each year due to help and donations from our partners, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fox Township Sportsmen, Pepsi of St. Marys, WalMart of St. Marys, BiLo Foods of St. Marys and Sheetz. Al and Bonnie Dempsey donated and served a nice lunch to all involved. An anonymous donor paid for all of the chukar birds that were hunted on property owned by Jason Swanson of Kersey.

Each of these 43 youth participated in the Fox Township Sportsmen Safety Day. They heard lectures on hunting ethics and safety as well as a demonstration of pointing and flushing hunting dogs. Fox Township Sportsmen have many great opportunities for kids. The lucky youth were Jarrod Lipsey, Thomas Shields, Holly Ann Shields, Zachary Schatz, Tim Mosebarger, Raymond Dent Jr., Benjamin Cheatle, Scott Richard, Melissa Wehler, Hunter Fantechi, Dalton Fantechi, Colby Lenox, Kyler Lenox, Josh Zylinski, Eric Sidelinger, Brandon Schlimm, Justin Drabant, Troy Caskey, Colby McCandless, Jacob Herbstritt, Ben Herbstritt, Shelby Zomcik, Mary Rosman, Evan Smith, Dylan Smith, Kyle Richard, Nicholas Quagliani, Shane Gradl, Nick Trunzo, Riley Robertson, Corry Huff, Wade Bille, Ben Harlan, Justin Krichart, Quinn Cunningham, Shaun Chiesa, Derek Smith, George Urmann, Tim Carr, Drew Woodrow, Evan Baughman, Austin Minard, and Emily Pollino,

This was the first year the youth hunt was held at the new PA State Game Lands on Kyler Road near Dagus Mines. The extra space helped make the hunting safer. Everyone put on a few miles on their boots. The cool, fall hunting Saturday was perfect for the hunting dogs. The youth harvested a total of 54 pheasants and 10 chukars.

The biggest thanks of the day go to the dogs and dog handlers. Many are repeat dog handlers from the past that come back each year because this event is so much fun for everyone. Our special thanks to following dog handlers and their dogs; Leon Blashock, Gary Dauber, Jon Benton, Jim Olzak, Bill Zore Sr., Bill Zore Jr., Tim Rowan, Dave Nesbitt, Jared Kuleck, Chris Yeager, Travis Wienzierl, Rich Wilson, Wally Wilson, Tom Launer, Ed Gigliotti, Joe Wienzierl, Dale Keppel, John Billetdeau, Mike Wienzierl, Bob Esch, Mike Damore, Mike Porter, Don Doksa, Jim Dippold and Rob Matson. Years of breeding, training and experience teaches these dogs to love tracking and retrieving birds and we thank them all.

Very special thanks to Leon Blashock and Jim Degler who spent countless hours coordinating this event. Since the beginning of this annual event, Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 has mentored 350 kids, boys and girls alike in this hunting experience.