Saturday, October 1, 2011
Youth Pheasant Hunt
Today my son participated in the Mini-Cassia Youth Pheasant Hunt that was sponsored by ID Fish and Game. What an awesome day! Thanks to F & G, Bill Millenkamp Hunting Preserve, and all the volunteers who took the time to teach these lucky kids all about pheasant biology, skeet shooting, and hunting etiquette. The landowner really cares about having healthy habitat for his birds, and it was good to see the interaction between landowners and state agencies. This event was free for the kids to go, and we will definitely look forward to this again next year.
The landowner had a full nursery for pheaseants, bobwhite quail, and chuckers. So cool! In any given year, he might release 6000 birds, and harvest about 800. So he has a great community for his birds.
An important point that the Fish and Game officer made to the group was that in terms of habitat restoration and education efforts, the hunting groups have really made an impact. Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation...they play an important part in management plans. It was an interesting day for me.