By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The local chapter of Pheasants Forever, with help from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is sponsoring a youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, Oct. 5, northeast of Preston.
The first weekend in October marks the youth pheasant season opener statewide.
The annual event is for youngsters 10-15 years of age. All youth must have passed a hunter education course and have a valid hunting license in order to participate, according to Jennifer Jackson, regional conservation educator with IDFG.
There will be different shoots, beginning around 8 a.m., according to Mark Beckstead, a member of the local group. He said the hunt will be east of the Franklin County Landfill in the Glendale area.
Mentors will be on hand to provide guidance to youth during the hunts. Volunteers, with trained bird dogs, will also accompany the youth if needed.
Jackson said participating youth are asked to bring a shotgun of their choice, ammunition and must be wearing hunter orange. Clothing appropriate for changing weather conditions, sturdy shoes for walking on uneven, brushy terrain and other related field gear are also recommended, she said.
Interested youth must pre-register for the clinic by contacting local Pheasants Forever Chapter president Tracy Moser at 208-852- 2024. Specific hunting times can be requested during registration. However, space is limited and requests will be handled in the order they are received.
This story is sponsored by WSSD: A Fine and Pleasant Misery.
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