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Fish and Game Holds Annual Youth Pheasant Clinic

As part of the state's youth pheasant opener, the Southeast Region office of the Idaho Department Fish and Game will be hosting a Youth Pheasant Clinic on Saturday, October 1, at the Sterling Wildlife Management Area near Aberdeen. The clinic will focus on teaching hunting ethics, land conservation, pheasant management, shotgun patterning and shooting skills. A mentored field experience, available to participants 10 to 15 years of age, prepares participants to hunt pheasant. The youth pheasant clinic is open to youths 10 to 17 years old with valid hunting licenses, although only those licensed youth 15 years and younger are allowed to hunt pheasant during the 2011 youth pheasant season -- October 1 through 7. This age requirement for the youth pheasant season also applies to the youth clinic's mentored hunt activity. The clinic sessions will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with the clinic mentored youth hunt starting at 12:30 p.m. The Youth Pheasant Clinic is limited to 20 youths on a first come basis. There is no charge for the clinic. A free lunch is provided. Interested youths must complete a registration form. To register, contact Fish and Game at 232-4703 or visit the regional office at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello. Hunting pheasant continues to be a favorite recreation activity for many hunters in southeast Idaho. Sterling Wildlife Management Area offers premier habitat for both the beginner and seasoned hunter. As a reminder, the general hunting season for pheasants here in southeast Idaho begins October 15 and runs through November 30.