YOUTH MENTORED HUNTS

SHARING THE UPLAND TRADITION WITH FUTURE GENERATIONS

For youth throughout the country with limited opportunities or access to hunting, the mentored hunt program provides the ability to participate in a mentored, upland hunting training session.


WHAT IS A YOUTH MENTORED HUNT?

Each year, chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever host more than 2,500 youth events throughout the country connecting 194,000+ participants to the outdoors. The Pheasants Forever Youth Mentored Hunt Program stands out among these events as a first-time hunting experience for many youth and their families, originally designed by local chapters of Pheasants Forever.

Not just for the boys: young women are more frequent participants at Pheasants Forever youth events.Youth mentored hunts provide a positive hunting experience for kids of all ages while teaching individuals and their families the importance of firearm safety, conservation and outdoor ethics. Each individual as part of the event is paired with an adult mentor for an entire day. The goal of the program is for mentors to share some of their personal experiences and knowledge regarding hunting and being outdoors. This type of pairing promotes what the program is all about - mentoring and the sharing of experiences and knowledge in the outdoors. 

 
The ultimate goal of Pheasants Forever's Youth Mentor Hunt Program is to give participants enough knowledge and contacts to further pursue their outdoor interest beyond these one day events. Recruitment and retention for the next generation of conservationists is a major priority for Pheasants Forever- we continue this effort by mentoring future hunters, one youth at a time.

Safety, ethics, conservation, camaraderie and a celebration of the hunt are all aspects of chapter-led Pheasants Forever youth hunts.


WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE EVENT?

Mentored hunts typically combine several different activities into an entire day that is focused on enjoying the outdoors. The following is a list of typical, youth mentored hunt activities:
 
  • Registration for the event
  • Youth/mentor introductions
  • Breakfast/lunch for participants
  • Firearm safety / hunting safety review
  • Review of hunting laws/regulations
  • Dog handling 
  • Pheasant hunting 101
  • Outdoor activities including shooting, tracking, and use of outdoor gear
  • Mentored hunt followed by game cleaning
  • Group photos, pictures, and event surveys 
 

 

how do i get involved with the pheasants forever youth mentor hunt program?

The original launch and success of Pheasant Forever's Youth Mentor Hunt Program is credited to the chapters and volunteers of our organization who make these events possible. For more information on enrolling a youth participant, starting a youth mentored hunt, or to volunteer as a mentor with one of the many youth mentored hunts across the country, contact your local Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever chapter today!


For More Information:
Colby Kerber
Hunting Heritage & Shooting Sports Program Manager
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
(308)520-0876
CKerber@pheasantsforever.org