Youth from the area were invited to come have a day outside with area mentors. The youth were instructed on gun safety, ethics of hunting, and treatment of the land. They warmed up with a little skeet shooting and then were split into groups with several mentors and sent into the field. They had the opportunity to hunt on private gaming land with their mentors and their bird dogs.
After hunting, the youth were instructed on how to clean their own birds by Gayle and Derek Scott and were allowed to take them home. No one went home empty handed this year. After finishing the bird cleaning, everyone was provided lunch.
The lunches were donated by Hy-vee of Cherokee and Chesterman Bottling Company of Aurelia. The day was made a complete success by all of the wonderful volunteers who mentored. Along with the parents and Pheasants Forever board members, extra help in making the day possible was given by Gayle and Derek Scott, Charlie Letsche, Mike Slota, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Heather Eaton. Those who mentored said they had as much fun as the youth who attended.
Cherokee County Pheasants Forever wants the youth to get outdoors as well as be educated on safety, ethics, and land preservation.
On Sunday, Oct. 7 the Cherokee County Pheasants Forever will hold their annual youth shoot day. This is another event where youth can get outside for some fresh air and have some fun.
This is a free event where any youth aged 12-18 (boy or girl) can participate. Everyone will be served lunch and prizes will be given away. If anyone has a question or needs directions, they can call Greg Eaton at 261-1065.