The Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Mentor Hunt for youth ages 17 and under, and for new women hunters of all ages, has been scheduled for Sat., Oct. 22, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once again, the event will be based out of the Redwood River Sportsman’s Club (RRSC) located eight miles southeast of Marshall. The event will introduce young and novice hunters to pheasant hunting with the assistance of adult mentors and their dogs. As with last year’s hunt, inexperienced families will also have a chance to sign up for the hunt. The event is free, thanks to the generous support of LCPF’s sponsors and members and RRSC.
“The Mentor Hunt is a great experience for new hunters; they know it’s all about them and they get first shot in that exciting moment when a rooster flushes,” said Nick Simonson, LCPF President, “participants will also get the chance to shoot trap, experience LCPF’s Young Guns package and have some fun on the RRSC range,” he continued.
Area youth, women and inexperienced hunting families can be registered for the mentor hunt by contacting Simonson at 507-829-9553 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “Mentor Hunt.” Applicants must provide the full name, address, age, phone number and firearms safety certificate number for each participating hunter at the time of registration, and the full name, address and phone number of the parent or adult chaperone who will be attending with any youth hunter. All participants must have completed their firearm safety course prior to the event and must possess all necessary licenses and stamps, unless exempted by law. The deadline to register for the event is October 14, 2016.
“Hunting builds family bonds that cannot be broken,” said Simonson, “some of my fondest memories are being in the field with my dad and brother, forever tying our relationships together through some great hunts; that’s why LCPF is focused on including inexperienced families in this event,” he concluded.
LCPF is also seeking mentors with trained dogs for the hunt on Oct. 22. Those individuals interested in mentoring for the day-long event should also contact Simonson, providing their contact information along with the type of dog they would bring for the hunt. Volunteers are also needed to help with lunch, monitor the ranges and assist with activities throughout the day. Further, landowners anywhere in the Lyon County area who are willing to allow access to their property for the afternoon “destination” portion of the event can do so by contacting Simonson.
“While we hunt a great deal of the excellent public land in the area, private landowners provide a resource that increases our participants’ odds of seeing and bagging a rooster each year,” said Simonson, “their support of this program through access is greatly appreciated by the chapter and the participants.”