Sunday, January 29th, 2023
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Updated planning guide available from PGC for junior pheasant hunt

Harrisburg
— 
While Pennsylvania’s junior pheasant hunt seems like a long way
off, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe noted
that now is the time for hunting clubs to make plans to host an
organized junior pheasant hunt.

“The future of hunting
is directly related to the continuing participation of young
Pennsylvanians,” Roe noted. “The goal is to successfully compete
with all the other activities and recreational opportunities that
vie for a young person’s time. It’s truly a challenge for the Game
Commission, as well as Pennsylvania’s one million
hunters.

“To maximize this
opportunity for younger hunters, and to ensure we pass along the
importance of ethics and sound ideals that have shaped our hunting
heritage, the Game Commission and Pheasants Forever urge local
clubs to consider hosting a junior pheasant hunt in their
community.”

Those clubs interested
in hosting a junior pheasant hunt are encouraged to use the 26-page
planning guide prepared by the Game Commission and the Pennsylvania
State Chapter of Pheasants Forever.  The booklet offers a
step-by-step guide on how to develop an organized junior pheasant
hunt.  The guide-book includes: a sample timeline; suggested
committees and assignments; general event planning considerations;
and several sample forms and news releases.  It also includes event
evaluation guides so clubs and organizations may consider changes
for future junior pheasant hunts.

The guide can be
viewed on the Game Commission’s website, by clicking on “Hunting”
in the left-hand column of the homepage, then selecting the
pheasant photo and then choosing “Junior Pheasant Hunt Planning
Guide.”  Later this year, the agency will update this section to
include a listing of locations that the Game Commission plans to
release birds for the 2009 junior pheasant hunts, as well as a
listing of all the junior pheasant hunts being hosted by local
clubs.

To participate in the
junior pheasant hunt, youngsters must be 12 to 16 years of age, and
must have successfully completed a basic Hunter-Trapper Education
course.  As required by law, an adult must accompany the young
hunters.  Participating hunters do not need to purchase a junior
hunting license to take part in the youth pheasant hunt, but all
participants must wear the mandatory 250 square inches of
fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined,
visible from 360 degrees.

To bolster
participation in the junior pheasant hunt, the Game Commission
again plans to stock pheasants just prior to this special season. 
For the 2010 hunt, the agency will release 15,000 birds on lands
open to public hunting.  These areas will be identified in the
2010-2011 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations,
as well as in future Game Commission news releases and on the
agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).

Additionally, the Game
Commission will provide, free of charge, a limited number of
pheasants to those clubs that host a junior pheasant
hunt. Applications must be received by July 31, and the only two
stipulations to be eligible is that clubs must have registration
open to the public and must be held on lands open to public
hunting.

Based on previous
surveys, about half of the junior participants successfully bagged
game; a male relative had accompanied most of them; the majority of
participants were between the ages of 12 and 14; and many of them
intend to hunt again.  The agency also received many positive
comments about the junior hunting
opportunity.

Pheasants Forever is a
national non-profit habitat conservation organization with a system
of hard-working local chapter volunteers dedicated to the
protection and enhancement of pheasants and other wildlife
populations.  Pheasants Forever emphasizes habitat improvement,
public awareness and education, and land management policies that
benefit private landowners and wildlife alike.  For more
information, visit the organization’s website (www.pheasantsforever.org).

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