Pheasants Forever Reminds Minnesotan's to Take a Kid Hunting

Minnesota's "Future Pheasant Hunter's Weekend" is this Saturday and Sunday

St. Paul, Minn. - October 26 -

This Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th, marks Minnesota's first "Future Pheasant Hunter's Weekend." Pheasants Forever (PF) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are encouraging pheasant hunters to introduce a youngster to the great outdoors and our hunting heritage through a pheasant hunt. All state license requirements and game regulations apply to the youth hunt weekend. "It's important that we pass along our outdoor traditions to the next generation," explained Matt Holland, PF's director of conservation programs for Minnesota. "Hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities create a lasting bond between a youngster and nature. That bond is built on love and respect for the land, water, air, and wildlife that sustains us. With more youth growing up in urban settings, the hurdles to getting out hunting are numerous. Most kids these days cannot go out the back door and walk the back forty after school. So, it's increasingly important to foster a connection to the land in today's youth. The 'Future Pheasant Hunter's Weekend' is one way to remind those with a passion for pheasant hunting to take the time to focus on passing the hunting legacy on to the next generation." Many Minnesota PF chapters hold youth mentor hunts throughout the fall. During these mentor hunts, kids interested in pheasant hunting are partnered with adult mentors to learn the basics of hunting, while also going over hunter safety and hunter ethics. In fact, the Lyon County PF chapter is holding its annual youth mentor hunt to coincide with this weekend's statewide program. "Our chapter is always very excited about our youth mentor events," reported Harvey Noyes, president of the Lyon County PF chapter. "There are very few things more gratifying in life than sharing one's passion with a youngster and then watching their eyes grow with excitement." PF encourages interested youths between the ages of 12 and 17, who have successfully completed their hunter's education class, to contact Matt Holland at (320)354-4377 or via email at ringneck@tds.net. Additionally, private landowners with Conservation Reserve Program lands or other pheasant habitat interested in providing youth an opportunity to pheasant hunt are also encouraged to contact PF. PF will make efforts to connect youths interested in going on a mentor hunt with PF chapters this fall, as well as next season. "Young people have fewer connections to the farm and more competition for their free time," said Ryan Bronson, DNR's hunter recruitment & retention coordinator. "Mentoring programs like those operated by PF are critical to recruit the kids that are interested in hunting but might not have anyone to take them." As with all hunting, PF reminds hunters to be safe and courteous. First, treat every gun as if it were loaded. Second, always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction. And, third, know your target and what is beyond. A safe hunt is a successful hunt, no matter how many birds are bagged. PF also reminds hunters to be respectful of farmers harvesting their crops, obey public land boundaries, and wear hunter orange. PF is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike. PF has more than 110,000 members in over 600 local chapters across the continent.

Bob St.Pierre (877)773-2070

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.