From left to right, 2016 Pelican Rapids area youth hunters: Preston Hart, Carson McNeal, Carson Haugrud, Jacob Willits, Mason Thornton, Abby Johnson, Abby Fresonke and Levi Johnson.

The local Pelican River Pheasants Forever (PRPF) Chapter 690, along with Robin and Carla Johnson, hosted and sponsored local youth of eight athletes at the well designed Perham Sportsman Club.

Participating in the pheasant hunt and clay target shoot in typical fowl hunting conditions, windy and rain squall rounds were: Abby Fresonke, Abby Johnson, Mason Thornton, Preston Hart, Jacob Willits, Levi Johnson, Carson Haugrud and Carson McNeal. Chapter 690 is very grateful for the use of such an amazing facility at Perham and for use of the Christianson Bus Barn parking lot for athletes, parents and volunteers to meet.

The late September hunt was organized by chapter president Erick Johnson and vice-president DuWayne Ditterich.

Volunteer and veteran dog handlers present, to assist the young hunters and also major hunting enthusiasts, were Brian Johnson with “Daisy,” Robin Johnson with “Cat” and Erick Johnson with “Sky.” After a clay target warm up shoot with Robin and DuWayne, Brian did a tremendous job of explaining and demonstrating to the inexperienced hunters how to watch the dogs on point, how to move up together and handle their firearm in that situation and how to handle the shooting zones by hunters working in a synergetic union to follow the pheasants.

A blustery day still brought forth a great hunt by all the experienced and inexperienced pheasant hunters alike.

The hunters successfully brought down 24 pheasants out of 50.

A few cagey pheasants escaped the eagle eyes of the youth with their flight route and speed and a few clearly ran to a more dense cover to hunker down despite the best efforts of the exciting work of dogs “Daisy, Cat and Sky.”

The volunteers’ goals were that the youth learned safe and proper group work during pheasant hunts, how to understand dogs response to finding birds to flush and to hopefully, become future mentors for future memory-filled hunting adventures.