On Saturday Oct. 20, 17 area youth ages 11-15 attended the East Medicine Pheasants Forever chapter’s annual youth pheasant hunt at the Heartland Preserve just east of Granite Falls.
“We were very happy with the response we had this year,” said East Medicine’s youth leaders Sherry Hagelstrom, Kathy Rathbun, Diane Amundson and Greg Koepp.
“The last couple years we’ve had about six or seven kids come out,” said Amundson. “But this year we had 17. It was great and they all had a great time.”
To begin the event Myron Hagelstrom gave a talk on the Pheasants Forever organization and Joel Koepp discussed firearm safety.
Then the excitement began with a trap shooting session directed by Greg Koepp. After trap shooting, the groups of hunters would go out into the field for a chance to take down a pheasant. For some of the youths, this would be their first pheasent hunt.
Each youth hunter got a bird on their hunt.
After the hunt, Greg Koepp gave the hunters a lesson on how to clean their birds before they took them home.
The event ended with a BBQ meal prepared by Sany Koepp and the youth leaders.
“It really was a success,” said Diane Amundson. “Afterwards all the kids were excited and talking about who they’d bring to the event next year saying, ‘Oh, so-and-so would love this and have a lot of fun’. Things like that are great to hear.”
The East Medicine Pheasants Forever would like to thank all the parents that came along for the event. Also, special thanks to Mike Olson, Ryan Haar and Ian Hodge for bringing their dogs to aid in the hunt and Greg, Joel and Sandy Koepp and Myron Hagelstrom for all their help to make the day go smoothly.
Thank you also to the Heartland Preserve for helping host the event.
The next event for the East Medicine Pheasants Forever chapter is their banquet on March 16, 2013 at Prairie’s Edge Casino in Granite Falls.