Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Pheasants Forever Youth Outdoor Endowment was created to help take local challenged or ill youth on outdoor excursions. Of course, we always find time for pheasant hunting! This year’s event was held again at Queenstown Lodge near East Brady. Numerous PF members and youth were on hand to create a great weekend to remember for these two young men.
David Cain is 17 years old and lives every day to the fullest. You wouldn’t know it but he has an inoperable brain tumor. He loves to hunt, fish and play tennis. David has two younger sisters, Abby (12) and Maddy (13) who attended the weekend along with his parents, Sherry and David Cain.
David said the bird hunt was ‘…the most fun he’s ever had hunting.’
About two years Adam Snow (16), got an air born infection that rapidly caused his liver to shut down. He was lucky and received a liver transplant just in time. Adam loves to hunt but his real passion leans toward tournament bass fishing. Adam has an 18 year old brother, Michael. He is the son of Linda and Skip Snow.
‘It takes special people to recognize the heart ache that goes along with a medical condition (unforeseen or unexpected) and the affects it has on a family,’ wrote Mrs. Snow in her thank you note.
Both boys received Pheasants Forever chaps, a vest and hat to wear during the bird hunts held over the weekend. They were presented with pheasant mounts and scrapbooks that captured the memories. David also received a fishing real, tripod shooting stick and a gift certificate for Tennis Warehouse. Adam received archery hunting gear and a gift certificate for Cabela's to put toward a trolling motor for bass tournaments.
The weekend was packed with shooting, hunting, UTV rides, fishing and lots and lot of eating!
‘The families were really nice and a genuine pleasure to have joining us for the weekend,’ said Dick Bodenhorn, PF #630 President. ‘We great appreciate the continued generosity of Queenstown Lodge for the use of their facility.’
The numerous meals were cooked by Tim and Mary Jo Schneider who were PFYO guests in our very first year with their daughter, Emily. Now Emily and Jasmine Carlson, a youth dog handler, teamed up to create the scrapbooks. A dozen other Pheasant Forever volunteers were on hand to help make the weekend memorable.
The 630 Chapter of North Central PA holds various fund raising events all year long to fund this event along with the PF Mentored Youth Hunts, veteran hunts and habitat work.