A chance to hunt ring-necked pheasants awaits young hunters who sign up for a youth pheasant clinic scheduled for Saturday, November 3, in Lewiston.
"Hunting's future lies with today's youth, so we hope to spark an interest to the sport and wildlife conservation," said Jay Roach, North Idaho chapter president of Pheasants Forever. "The goal is to make hunting a priority among all the other activities that vie for a teenager's time."
The clinic is free and intended for first-time hunters 12 through 15 years of age who already have completed a hunter education course and hold a valid Idaho hunting license. An adult supervisor must accompany each young hunter throughout the one-day clinic.
Along with the pheasant hunt, participants will learn about wildlife conservation, dog handling, and will be able to hone their marksmanship skills, shooting sporting clays. There will be special emphasis on safety, ethics, sportsmanship and the hunting tradition.
Advance registration is required and space is limited to 25. Youth wishing to participate should contact the Clearwater Region office at 208-799-5010 no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31. Detailed information will be provided to those who register in advance. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Sponsors include the Pheasant Forever, Flying B-Ranch, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Snake River Gun Dog & Sportsmen's Association, Lewiston Gun Club, and Clearwater Point Dog Club.