CO: Prowers County youth pheasant hunting clinic

LAMAR, Colo. – Youth ages 10 to 16 are invited to learn how to
hunt pheasants in an organized hunt at the Mike Higbee State
Wildlife Area, Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the
Lamar-based Rebel Roosters chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Participants must have a hunter education card and small game
license to hunt. An adult guardian must accompany each youth
hunter. The day’s activities include a short course on pheasant
hunting 101, safety refresher, practice with clay targets, lunch
and an afternoon pheasant hunt.

“To help insure young hunters will see pheasants, there will be a
release of birds donated by R & R Game Birds of Lamar,” said
Linda Groat, an education specialist for Parks and Wildlife.
“However, it is important that parents and kids understand that
doesn’t guarantee getting a bird. One of the lessons we hope to
impart to young hunters is that the joy of hunting doesn’t always
mean you harvest an animal,” Groat added.

“The lessons we try to teach are about ethical, safe hunting,” said
Groat. “We strive to teach youngsters that there is much to love
about hunting even if you don’t harvest an animal. That being said,
we decided to put a few extra birds out because there is no
substitute for success early in a hunter’s life.”

Parks and Wildlife will supply youth-size shotguns or families can
bring their own. Hunters wishing to use their own shotguns must
have the guns inspected by a wildlife officer before the
hunt.

Space is limited to 40 participants. Reservations are on a
first-come, first-served basis until the hunt fills. Contact Linda
Groat at 719-336-6608 to register.

The Mike Higbee State Wildlife Area is located four miles east of
Lamar on Highway 50.

For more information about Youth Bird Hunting Opportunities click
on the following link:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterOutreach/YouthHuntingBirds/Pages/HOYouth.aspx.

 

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