By Doug Halberstadt
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, youth ages 10-17 and their parents are invited to join the Winnebago County Chapter of Pheasants Forever for their annual free youth shoot. Women and first-time shooters of all ages are also encouraged to attend.
The event is held at the Plug and Pellet Sportsman’s Club on Centerville Road between Tipple and Simpson roads in Rockford.
Guns, ammunition, safety equipment, instruction and lunch will all be provided free of charge courtesy of Winnebago County Pheasants Forever and Plug and Pellet members. Attendees should allow about an hour for one round of shooting. They will participate in target practice, trap shooting and gun safety instruction.
Winnebago County Pheasants Forever Youth Program objective is to: Provide youth with activities that will enhance their knowledge of land ethics, hunting ethics and safety skills to experience hunting adventures. Prepare and provide a place for youth to take part in hunting activities. They believe the future of conservation and their hunting heritage depends upon today’s youth having the desire and opportunities to carry on the ethical traditions of this organization. At both the national and chapter level, Pheasants Forever is investing in sound programs enriched with events such as youth mentor hunts, conservation events and habitat projects.
Youth are invited to become a part of the PF Ringnecks Program, which is dedicated to introducing youth to hunting, shooting sports and outdoor conservation through youth events, education, community service and cooperation with both government and non-government partnerships. Through a variety of programs, youth gain knowledge, learn skills and develop a land ethic necessary to be responsible hunters and conservationists. As they grow up, they can pass on the outdoor traditions of their youth to future generations.
For more about the 2013 Annual Youth Shoot, call Winnebago County Pheasants Forever at (815) 399-4610.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Aug. 7-13, 2013, issue